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                     Panama, meeting the American Indians                      

A multicultural journey to meet the indigenous people of Panama, notably the Kuna, Embera and Wounaan. Discover the lifestyles, traditions, art and crafts of people who have successfully preserved their identity. Come and enjoy this amazing trip to the heart of civilizations!

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Tocumen Airport - Panama city - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 2: Panama city - Casco Antiguo - Miraflores water locks - Metropolitan Park - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 3: Panama city - Embera Community
  • Day 4: Embera Community - Panama city - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 5: Panama city - Albrook Airport - Playon Chico
  • Day 6: Playon Chico
  • Day 7: Playon Chico
  • Day 8: Playon Chico - Albrook Airport - Panama city - Gatun - Portobelo
  • Day 9: Portobelo
  • Day 10: Puerto Lindo - Colon - Transisthmic train - Panama city - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 11: Panama city - Albrook Airport - Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón
  • Day 12: Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón
  • Day 13: Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón
  • Day 14: Bocas del Toro - Albrook Airport - Panama city - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 15: Panama city - Tocumen Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Tocumen Airport - Panama city - Casco Antiguo

Arrival at Tocumen international airport in Panama City. First contact with the country. You will have a private transfer to your hotel. Please hand your travel documents.
Your English speaking guide will greet you in person and escort you to your hotel.

Night at hotel American Trade *****.
Room Cuarto.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: Panama city - Casco Antiguo - Miraflores water locks - Metropolitan Park - Casco Antiguo

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel for a city tour of Panama City.

Morning hike to the heart of the Metropolitan Natural Park, located 15 minutes from Panama's capital, it is the most accessible tropical forest in the region.
Then, you will visit the inevitable Panama Canal and Miraflores Locks. The visitor center offers a view on vessels of all sorts in transit (container ships, cruise ships or yachts).
Threr is also an exhibition that tells the history of the building and describes the operation of the locks.

Then you will be off to the Casco Antiguo. This bohemian corner takes us into the historical past of the country between narrow streets and colorful buildings leading to Plaza de Francia.

You will discover the Art Deco architecture, the cathedral and visit the Museum of the Inter-oceanic Canal.
In the late afternoon you will get a transfer to your hotel.

Note 1: The canal's museum is closed on Mondays.
Note 2: The visit of the Miraflores Locks is programmed according to the schedule of the boats



Night at hotel American Trade *****.
Room Cuarto.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 3: Panama city - Embera Community


Early in the morning, your driver will come and pick you up at your hotel for a transfer to the Embera community located close to the shores of Río Chagres for a day of sharing their traditions.

From the port of Corotú, you will embark on a motorized canoe towards one of the villages of the Embera community.
On the other side of the river, you will be welcomed by the “cacique” (spiritual leader) and the village children. All day long, you will discover their way of life and their traditions, such as the art of tattoos.
You will also have the opportunity to be introduced to their knowledge of medicinal herbs and see a performance of ancestral dances.
At last, you will be served a typical meal consisting of fish, served in banana leaves.
In the evening, you will watch the sun set on the river while chatting with local inhabitants.

Note: you will sleep in a hammock (basic comfort) but it is possible to ask to sleep in a bed.

Night in the community.

Included : private transport, local guide, room, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Embera Community - Panama city - Casco Antiguo


You will share a last meal with the community before leaving them.

In the afternoon, your driver will pick you up at the pier to return to Panama City.

Night at hotel American Trade *****.
Room Cuarto.
Included : room, breakfast, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Panama city - Albrook Airport - Playon Chico


Your private driver will drive you from your hotel to Albrook Airport.

Early morning you will take a flight to Playon Chico.
Take off scheduled for around 6:00, duration: 45 min

Note: Limited weight of luggage (12 kg per person around for checked baggage and 2 kg for cabin baggage)

Once you get off the plane, a boat transfer will take you up to your lodge, it will take about 15 minutes.
Day at leisure to enjoy the heaven-like environment, far from the rest of the world.

You can choose from a series of tempting options: enjoy and rest on the white sandy beaches or on the comfort of a hammock, escape for a few hours on a deserted island, go meet the Kuna Natives and exchange some smiles with the children during a visit to a village in the comarca, enjoy freshly caught lobster or giant crab (depending on the season), explore the corals while snorkeling, discover the ancient art of molas or even take a boat trip in the middle of mangroves and tropical vegetation.

Night at Yandup Hotel ***.
Beach Front Cabin.
Included : private transport, domestic flight, transfer arrival, transfer departure, lunch, dinner, breakfast, excursion (shared)

Day 6: Playon Chico

Day at leisure to enjoy the heaven-like environment, far from the rest of the world.

You can choose from a series of tempting options: enjoy and rest on the white sandy beaches or on the comfort of a hammock, escape for a few hours on a deserted island, go meet the Kuna Natives and exchange some smiles with the children during a visit to a village in the comarca, enjoy freshly caught lobster or giant crab (depending on the season), explore the corals while snorkeling, discover the ancient art of molas or even take a boat trip in the middle of mangroves and tropical vegetation.

Night at Yandup Hotel ***.
Beach Front Cabin.
Included : transfer arrival, transfer departure, lunch, dinner, breakfast, excursion (shared)

Day 7: Playon Chico

Day at leisure to enjoy the heaven-like environment, far from the rest of the world.

You can choose from a series of tempting options: enjoy and rest on the white sandy beaches or on the comfort of a hammock, escape for a few hours on a deserted island, go meet the Kuna Natives and exchange some smiles with the children during a visit to a village in the comarca, enjoy freshly caught lobster or giant crab (depending on the season), explore the corals while snorkeling, discover the ancient art of molas or even take a boat trip in the middle of mangroves and tropical vegetation.

Night at Yandup Hotel ***.
Beach Front Cabin.
Included : transfer arrival, transfer departure, lunch, dinner, breakfast, excursion (shared)

Day 8: Playon Chico - Albrook Airport - Panama city - Gatun - Portobelo

Early in the morning, flight to Panama City.

Luggage weight limit is around 12 kg per person for checked baggage and 2 kg for cabin baggage
Take off scheduled for around 07:00, duration: 45 min

Private transfer from the Albrook Airport to your hotel.

Morning departure to reach the province of Colón, on the Caribbean coast.

Along the way you will take a detour on the side of Gatun Locks, and if weather allows it, visit the Fort San Lorenzo, a former pirate hideout (also considered a UNESCO heritage site), at the mouth of the Chagres River .

Then you will make your way to Portobelo, a quiet little village discovered by Columbus in 1502.
Visit some World Heritage remains, like Forts de Santiago, San Jeronimo, San Felipe Church that houses the Cristo Nazareno and the building of the Royal Customs.

Note: 3 hour drive


Visit the Gatun gates.

Night at the hotel El Otro Lado ****
Suite Room.
Included : domestic flight, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 9: Portobelo

Enjoy the surroundings of your hotel in a quiet jungle.
The hotel Otro Lado puts at your disposal kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats.
Also included is a 45 minute walk in the jungle and on the beach.

You can also enjoy at your own pace all the accessible beaches from the small port of Puerto Lindo (like Isla Grande or Mamei for example), the historic sites of Portobelo or take a walk in the national park of the same name.

Today Portobelo is a quiet village with ruins of World Heritage status by UNESCO. You can visit the remains of the forts of Santiago, San Jeronimo, San Felipe church that hosts the Cristo Nazareno and the Royal Customs building.


Night at the hotel El Otro Lado ****
Suite Room.
Included : room & breakfast, private transport

Day 10: Puerto Lindo - Colon - Transisthmic train - Panama city - Casco Antiguo

Personal transport from Puerto Lindo to Colón


A 5.00 pm, you will take the train between canals and jungle in the way to panama City.

Note: The train travel is about 1 hour long.

Private transport from Corozal Station to your hotel in Panama City.

Night at hotel American Trade *****.
Room Cuarto.
Included : private transport, train ticket, room & breakfast

Day 11: Panama city - Albrook Airport - Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón


Your private driver will drive you from your hotel to Albrook Airport.
Flight from Panama to Bocas del Toro.
Note: Luggage weight limit is around 12 kg per person for checked baggage and 2 kg for cabin baggage
Free day to rest with your feet in the water, enjoy the Afro-Caribbean atmosphere of Bocas, explore the National Marine Park of Bastimentos, swim among starfish, watch dolphins, look for small red frogs, or meet the Ngobe Bugle Natives.

Suggested activities - contact us:
- Playa del Drago;
- Observation of starfish in Playa de las estrellas;
- Snorkeling and scuba diving;
- Dolphin watching;
- Surf;
- Sport fishing.

Night at Punta Caracol Acqualodge ****.
Punta Caracol Suite.

Included : private transport, domestic flight, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), shared transport

Day 12: Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón

Free day to rest with your feet in the water, enjoy the Afro-Caribbean atmosphere of Bocas, explore the National Marine Park of Bastimentos, swim among starfish, watch dolphins, look for small red frogs, or meet the Ngobe Bugle Natives.

Suggested activities - contact us:
- Playa del Drago;
- Observation of starfish in Playa de las estrellas;
- Snorkeling and scuba diving;
- Dolphin watching;
- Surf;
- Sport fishing.

Night at Punta Caracol Acqualodge ****.
Punta Caracol Suite.

Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), shared transport

Day 13: Bocas del Toro - Isla Colón

Free day to rest with your feet in the water, enjoy the Afro-Caribbean atmosphere of Bocas, explore the National Marine Park of Bastimentos, swim among starfish, watch dolphins, look for small red frogs, or meet the Ngobe Bugle Natives.

Suggested activities - contact us:
- Playa del Drago;
- Observation of starfish in Playa de las estrellas;
- Snorkeling and scuba diving;
- Dolphin watching;
- Surf;
- Sport fishing.

Night at Punta Caracol Acqualodge ****.
Punta Caracol Suite.

Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), shared transport

Day 14: Bocas del Toro - Albrook Airport - Panama city - Casco Antiguo

You will take a flight to Panama City.

Note 1: Luggage weight limit is around 12 kg per person for checked baggage and 2 kg for cabin baggage. 2 USD/extra kilo.
Note 2: There are three flights every day (7:40, 16:55, 17:15), duration: between 55 and 80 minutes.

Private transfer from the Albrook Airport to your hotel.

Night at hotel American Trade *****.
Room Cuarto.
Included : domestic flight, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 15: Panama city - Tocumen Airport

Three hours before take off, transfer to Tocumen Airport for your international flight.
Included : private transport

American Trade Hotel   Casco Antiguo

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

American Trade Hotel and Hall opened its doors in Fall 2013 in Panama City, occupying a lovingly restored landmark building in Casco Viejo. The property stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City

Emberas Queras Indians   Embera Community

Level : pool service
Included : local guide, room, lunch, dinner

Enjoy a night with the Embera Quera Community away from the noise and fast paced Panama City. Next to the river, you will be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the jungle

Hotel Yandup   Playon Chico

Level : 3*
Included : transfer arrival, transfer departure, lunch, dinner, breakfast, excursion (shared)

Yandup is a family owned lodge with seafront and overwater cabins in a small private island near the Playon Chico community in Kuna Yala. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and a small beach with white sand and crystal clear water. The lodge offers tours to the rainforest, river, mangroves, waterfall, Ukupseni (Playon Chico) community, cemetery and to other uninhabited islands with palm trees and white sand beach.

Hotel El Otro Lado   Portobelo

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, private transport

El Otro Lado is a private retreat situated in an exceptional enclave of Portobelo Bay, mixing design, culture, nature and luxury in a unique manner in order to offer its guests authentic, exclusive and custom-made experiences. Situated just over an hour from Panama City and within Portobelo National Park,

Punta Caracol Acqualodge   Isla Colón

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), shared transport

Enjoy one of its exclusive cabins where you will have access to crystal clear waters from your private terrace or you will be able to observe the impressive sunset interrupted only by playful dolphins.

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