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                     Best of Panama for families                      

The highlights of Panama: the canal, the jungle and the beaches. Esencia offer you the essence of Panama, from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast. An ideal stay for the whole family!

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Tocumen Airport - Panama city - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 2: Panama city - Miraflores water locks - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 3: Panama city - Transisthmic train - Colon - Portobelo
  • Day 4: Portobelo
  • Day 5: Portobelo - Gamboa
  • Day 6: Gamboa
  • Day 7: Gamboa - The Anton Valley
  • Day 8: The Anton Valley
  • Day 9: The Anton Valley - Playa Blanca
  • Day 10: Playa Blanca
  • Day 11: Playa Blanca
  • Day 12: Playa Blanca - 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 - Miraflores water locks - Casco Antiguo

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

Our first stop of the day will be in Panama La Vieja, first capital of the country before it was destroyed by the famous pirate Henry Morgan.

Then, we will head to the must-see Panama Canal and the Miraflores Locks. The visitor center offers a view on transiting vessels of all sorts (container ships, cruise ships, or tiny yachts). It explains the history of the Canal and how the locks work.

We will end our day with a tour in the Casco Antiguo. This bohemian center of Panama City will make you travel in time and immerge into the the historical past of the country. Take a walk in the narrow streets bordered with colorful buildings leading to the Plaza de Francia. Discover the Art-Deco architecture, the cathedral and visit the Panama Canal Museum.

Note 1: the Canal Museum and Panama La Vieja are closed on Mondays.
Note 2: The order of the visits depends on the Canal schedule.

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

Day 3: Panama city - Transisthmic train - Colon - Portobelo

Early in the morning, private transfer from your hotel to the train station of Corozal.

Embark for a one-hour journey to Colón, on the Atlantic coast, aboard the Panama Canal Railway.

Note: Departure from Panama at 7:15, except on weekends.

Departure for the city of Portobelo, discovered by Columbus in 1502.
Today, Portobelo is a quiet village whose ruins are listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO.
You can visit the remains of the forts of Santiago and San Jeronimo and San Felipe Church that houses the famous Cristo Nazareno or Black Christ.
If time allows it, make sure you visit the Royal Customs building that houses a small museum explaining the history of the area.
Note: 2 to 3-hour drive (during the day).

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

Day 4: 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 5: Portobelo - Gamboa

Departure by vehicle towards Gamboa, on Lake Gatun.

On the way you will have the opportunity to spend the day in an Embera community to discover their culture - contact us

Note: 2 hour drive

Night at the Gamboa Resort ****.
Deluxe room overlooking the river.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 6: Gamboa

Departure for a boat tour of Lake Gatun that will take you on the canal banks to observe the varied wildlife (Capuchin monkeys, sloths, migratory birds, etc). All this among huge ships that pass through the canal.

Night at the Gamboa Resort ****.
Deluxe room overlooking the river.
Included : local guide, room & breakfast

Day 7: Gamboa - The Anton Valley

Take your vehicle and head to the province of Coclé, more specifically the Anton Valley nestled in the heart of an extinct crater.
On your way to this lush land, you will take the famous Bridge of the Americas. This one spans the canal and connects, in some way, North America and South America.
Installation at the hotel and free time to enjoy the attractions offered in the area.
Note: 2-hour drive.

Night at the hotel Los Mandarinos ****.
Standard room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 8: The Anton Valley


Free day to enjoy at your leisure the Anton Valley and the variety of activities available in the area.
You can hike (on foot or horseback), bring back a famous Panama hat, or try the adventure from the treetops by sliding down the zip line.

Suggested activities - contact us:
- Walks in the cloud forest
- Power Hike in la India Dormida - hard level
- Horseback riding
- Bird-watching
- Night walks
- Zip-line over the canopy

Night at the hotel Los Mandarinos ****.
Standard room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 9: The Anton Valley - Playa Blanca

Continue your journey to reach the coast Settle at your hotel located by the Pacific Ocean.
Note: 1h30 drive

Night at the hotel Sheraton Bijao **** Deluxe garden view.
All inclusive.
Included : all inclusive

Day 10: Playa Blanca

Free time to enjoy at your leisure the beach along the Pacific Ocean and the activities offered by the hotel.

Night at the hotel Sheraton Bijao **** Deluxe garden view.
All inclusive.
Included : all inclusive

Day 11: Playa Blanca

Free time to enjoy at your leisure the beach along the Pacific Ocean and the activities offered by the hotel.

Night at the hotel Sheraton Bijao **** Deluxe garden view.
All inclusive.
Included : all inclusive

Day 12: Playa Blanca - Tocumen Airport

Leisure time to enjoy yourself... then there will be a transfer to Tocumen International airport three hours before departure connection to your international flight back.

Note: 2 hour drive

IMPORTANT: Depending on the time of your international flight back, plan to spend the night in Panama City the day before departure .
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

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,

  Gamboa

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Gamboa, 25 kilometers from Panama City, now seems frozen in time: it is the best preserved of all the towns of the old Panama Canal Company. No glass towers and shopping malls, just pure an authentic Panama.

Los mandarinos   The Anton Valley

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Los Mandarinos Boutique Hotel is dedicated to provide you with a unique combination of comfort, adventure and wellness to enjoy the benefits of Valle de Anton.

Sheraton Bijao Hotel   Playa Blanca

Level : 4*
Included : all inclusive

The Hotel Sheraton Bijao is set on a rural beach overlooked by mountains, this upscale, all-inclusive resort is 9 km from Bijao Golf Club and 12 km from Playa Santa Clara, a picturesque beach.

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