Panama holiday 16 days tailor made | Latin America Journeys Guru | Travel Design

Itinerary description: 

Day 1.   This example itinerary starts with your arrival at Tocumen International Airport. A driver will welcome you and bring you to your hotel  in the colonial part of Panama City, Casco Viejo. Here you will stay for 2 nights

Day 2.   After breakfast, an English speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel and will accompany you for the day. This guide will show you the different sides of Panama City and will tell you about the Panamanians and their history and culture. First you will bring a visit to the Miraflores lock which is one of the 3 locks of the Panama Canal, the eighth wonder of the world. Here you will learn all about this Canal that made Panama famous- its history, the current construction and also the nature in the national park which covers a big part of the Panama Canal. With a bit of luck you will be able to see a big container ship  pass through the locks from the terrace on the third floor.  

The next stop will be at the ruins of Panama la vieja, where the city was originally founded before the famous pirate “Sir“ Henry Morgan left it in ashes. After Panama la vieja we will visit the colonial part of town, Casco Viejo. On the way to Casco Viejo you will pass some of the most modern buildings, any larger contrast would be hard to imagine. You will explore Casco Viejo by foot with the guide. You will also visit the military base Albrook, Balboa and the Amador causeway amongst others. At the end of the afternoon, you will return to your hotel in Casco Viejo.  

Day 3    After breakfast, our driver will pick you up at your hotel and bring you to the car rental company where you can pick up the reserved rental car. Because Panama is the least populated country of Central America and the roads are in relatively good condition, it’s a perfect country to travel with a rental car at your own pace.

After receiving your rental car it will take about 2 hours to reach El Valle de Anton.  El Valle de Anton is a special destination because the whole village lies in an extinct volcano crater, formed around 300,000 years ago. The lush and tropical vegetation makes it a great place for beautiful hiking. But besides hiking you can go mountain biking, bird watching, do a canopy tour, and visit the small market and the hot springs.

Day 4    Free day at El Valle de Anton

 Day 5   The next destination is the Azuero Peninsula, also known as the main cultural centre of Panama. It seems like time stood still in the little villages you will travel through today. Here you will experience the authentic Panama. The coming two night you will stay here at a beautiful boutique hotel at the coast.

Interesting nearby sites, which are worth a visit are: isla iguana and Isla Cana. From june till September its possible to spot whales at isla Iguana and from july till November its turtle season at Isla Cana

Day 6    Free day to expore Pedasi

Dag 7    Today you will travel to Santa Fe which even more as other destinations is an undiscovered pearl by most of the tourists visiting Panama. Its situated on the Cordilera Central at an altitude of 1000 m above sea level. Nearby you will find dozens of waterfalls surrounded by tropical vegetation with makes it ideal for outdoor activities such as: horseback riding, river tubing, bird watching, hiking and a visit to the “mercade de artesania” and or the orchid house. Santa Fe borders to the national park and the little community consists of about 2800 inhabitants, of which 1,5% are foreigners. Most of the inhabtitants are Ngobe Bugle Indians and Panamanians. Because of the altitude of 1000 m above sea level, the climate is ideal with temperatures between 19 and 28 degreas celcius.

Day 8    Free day in Santa Fe

Dag 9    After your stay in Santa Fe you will head again to the coast, where you can enjoy and relax at Boutique hotel Bocas del Mar. From this accommodation you can enjoy the amazing views on the “golfo de Chiriqui”, where from july till octuber you can see Whales. The hotel offers a variety of nice excursions such as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving but also a nice romantic pic nic lunch one of the many nearby islands. You will definitely have a good time here.

Day 10  Free day on Boca Chica

Day 11  After a relaxing stay at Boca Chica you will head today to Boquete and its cloudforest. Boquete is famous for its great coffee and you will stay the coming 2 nights on a very special location, on a real coffee plantation..

Day 12  Free day in Boquete. You could for example go rafting, do a canopy tour, go hiking, bird watching or become a coffee expert after a coffee tour.

Day 13  Today you hand in your rental Car in David, from where we have organised a transfer to the little port town of Almirante. This drive is a very beautifull one through the rolling country side, over the continental divide and through the Ngobe Bugle territory. When you have arrived in Almirante our driver will bring you to the ferry company from where you travel by public (motor) boat to Isla Colon (about 30 minutes). Here you will be welcomed by a representative who will explain you about Bocas del Toro, wat you can do the coming days and where you can find everything. On Bocas del Toro we have reserved a room at Gran hotel Bahia. Before it became a hotel the building served as the regional head office of the United fruit company (the precursor of Chiquita Banana).

Day 14  Today you have enough time to explore the archipelago. You can rent a bike and look for the most beautiful  beaches, you can visit red frog beach (named after the tiny poisoned frog) or go and spot dolphins at dolphin bay. Scuba diving is also very nice or you could sit back and relax with a cocktail while in the background you hear salsa and calypso music.

Day 15  Today you still have a big part of the day to enjoy  all of what Bocas del Toro has to offer, since we reserved the late afternoon flight to Panama city for you. We will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to Bocas airport. From here it’s a 1 hour flight to the local airport of Panama city. A driver will be waiting here for you to bring you to Tantalo hotel and roof bar in the centre of Casco Viejo (the colonial part of Panama City).

Day 16  Depending on your flight you will be picked up in the morning or afternoon for your transfer to the international airport Tocumen.  Of course it is also possible to extend your stay in Panama or to customise the itinerary to clients’ wishes.  Further on in this document we will give other options.