Panama Pete Adventures                                     


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Create your own custom-made package for your vacation of a lifetime to Panama.  You design your own personal itinerary with no minimums, group tours, blackout dates or restrictions. Flexibility and convenience and the best value for your money is what we strive in every personalized services.  Stay one night or a month in Panama- You Decide!

Sample Itinerary 


Day 1: Arrive in Panama City

Upon arrival in Panama City, you will be met not just at the airport but at the gate for a VIP reception. Don't worry about your bags or customs we take care of all these little inconveniences as soon as you arrive. Accommodations The Bristol Panama

 

Day 2: Tour of Panama City

This morning, you are met by your local guide at approximately 9:00 a.m., and, together, you embark upon a private tour that introduces the major sites and highlights of Panama City. Begin with the old city, Panama Viejo, exploring these spectacular ruins on the banks of Bay of Panama, and then continue to the colonial city, Casco Antiguo, visiting some of the numerous historical churches and public buildings, some dating back to 1673. Much of Casco Antiguo is being restored, and many buildings have received awards, including the National Theater, which contains one of the greatest turn-of-the-20th-century ceiling paintings inspired by Robert Lewis. After lunch, you will tour the first Frank Gehry building constructed in Latin America. The Biomuseo is located on the Amador Causeway, and it is a vividly hued concrete and steel structure. Accommodations The Bristol Panama (B L)

 

Day 3: Emberá Encounters – Chagres National Park

Today, your guide brings you to Chagres National Park for an encounter with the Emberá. Your adventure begins with an exciting dugout canoe ride up the Chagres River, traversing a few rapids and discovering the many splendors of the jungle. As you enter their indigenous village, you are greeted by elders, children, and lively cultural music. During your visit, you have the opportunity to learn about the customs of the Emberá and their intrinsic relationship with nature. You see that they possess amazing botanical knowledge. Most are surprised to learn of their contributions to modern pharmaceuticals. They also were involved in the first NASA program and helped train US soldiers in jungle survival. You have a chance to be painted with traditional jagua, a natural dye that the Emberá use to adorn their bodies, and, before leaving the village, you have time to browse and perhaps purchase their famed handicrafts. Accommodations The Bristol Panama (B L)

 

Day 4: Portobelo-Gatun-Panama Canal Railroad

After breakfast, visit the town of Portobelo. Columbus first discovered the Bay of Portobelo in 1502; the town itself was founded in 1597 by the Spaniards. Along with Panama City, this port town became a major center for the storage and shipment of goods and riches from the Spanish Pacific domains (particularly gold and silver from Peru and Bolivia). The town was known for its trading fairs, which lasted form 40 to 60 days and attracted fleets of military and merchant ships loaded with goods to be traded for gold and silver. During these fairs the town would swell to nearly 6,000 people. To prevent pirate attacks, the city was fortified by three large stone forts which face the harbor; nevertheless, the city was often ransacked by English buccaneers. Visit Fort Santiago and the museum in the old Customs House. There is time to browse for handicrafts in the local merchants’ shops before visiting the Church of San Felipe, one of the oldest buildings in town still in use. The church houses the statue of the Black Christ, one of the most revered images in Panama whose feast is celebrated each year on October 21. Later, drive to Colón, the second-largest city in Panama, where you board the elegant cars of the Panama Canal Railroad and travel back across the isthmus to Panama City. Along the way, you see ships sitting in Gatun Lake waiting to descend 85 feet back to sea level and vessels going up into Gatun Lake to start a southbound transit.You then return to your accommodations in Gamboa.  Accommodations The Bristol Panama (B L)

 

Day 5: Rainforest Discovery Center – Soberania National Park

Geared towards ecotourism and environmental education, Panama Rainforest Discovery Center is an excellent facility for bird-watchers and nature lovers. The sustainably built visitor’s center has 13 species of hummingbirds feeding nearby. Your guide at the center will help point out wildlife around the center which includes monkeys, sloths, coatis nearly 400 species of birds and butterflies.  The center is run by the Eugene Eisenmann Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to protect Panama’s bird fauna and rainforest habitat. Within the center, scientific research includes studies of migratory birds, green macaws and raptors.  The center is also accessible for limited walkers or handicap visitors and the parking area is conveniently located approximately 40 feet away.  Accommodations Gamboa Rainforest Resort (B L)

 

Day 6: Panama Canal Transit

After breakfast, you are transferred by private Amador and board your vessel for your transit along the famous Panama Canal. At the first set of locks, the Miraflores Locks, your vessel ascends 60 feet in two distinct steps, and then it enters Miraflores Lake, a small, artificial body of fresh water that separates the Miraflores Locks from the Pedro Miguel Locks. The yacht passes through the Pedro Miguel Locks, one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal, and here it ascends 30 feet in one step. The vessel exits the Pedro Miguel Locks and then travels through the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut is also known as Culebra Cut in that its curves resemble a snake (“culebra is Spanish for “snake”). This section of the canal is one of the main points of interest for visitors as it was carved through the Continental Divide and is full of history and geological value. As you transit the Gaillard Cut, you can appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires as it is very susceptible to landslides, and you also have an opportunity to observe the work in progress for the Panama Canal expansion project. After your trip on the Panama Canal, you are returned back to your hotel.

Accommodations Gamboa Rainforest Resort (B L)

 

Day 7-8: Gamboa Resort At your Leisure

Splendid architecture and elegant coastal design and décor, along with stunning views of the Panama Canal and Chagres River, inspire the senses while soothing the spirit. With warm breezes and tropical fragrances drifting over your room’s private balcony and hammock, it’s easy to lose yourself as you delight in the luxury and tranquility of Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Accommodations Gamboa Rainforest Resort (B)

 

Day 9-11: San Blas Islands

A San Blas island top choice! If you enjoy a little luxury with your rustic island adventure than Yandup Hotel is arguably the best choice in the San Blas Island archipelago.  Located smack in the middle of the San Blas island archipelago, Yandup Island Lodge offers a total of 10 ‘luxury’ cabanas well-spaced out over the island to offer a degree of privacy. Six of the cabanas are built out over the water, while the other four are built on the shore. All cabanas offer magnificent views of the ocean and surrounding uninhabited islands. Lodges also include spacious rooms with comfy queen or double poster beds, hammocks, private bathrooms, with hot showers and flush toilets.  The screened, airy restaurant, is built out along a long dock which sits entirely over the crystal blue ocean waters. Inside, a hygienically clean and modern kitchen cooks up three delicious seafood meal options a day, including, squid, jumbo shrimp, whole fish, and if you wish, they’ll catch you a fresh lobster, though an additional fee may apply.  The entire island is covered in grassy landscaped gardens dotted with soaring coconut trees. The island also features a very nice beach covered in well-manicured plush white sand which rolls gently to the unbelievable turquoise waters.  Accommodations Yandup (B L D)

 

Day 12-14: December 17-19, 2015 Arrive in Panama City Transfer to El Valle

This beautiful town high in the mountains of Panama, on the floor of the largest inhabited volcano crater in the world. Once a crater lake, this quiet village became home to indigenous people from the surrounding mountains who have inhabited this area for thousands of years. On weekends this quiet village comes to life as Panamanian weekenders and tourists from all over the world arrive to enjoy El Valle's famous arts and crafts market.  By Sunday night, silence descends on the village as it falls under the spell of the legendary "India Dormida."  Accommodations Los Mandrinos (B)

 

Day 15-21: Transfer to JW Marriott

Today you travel west along the Pacific Ocean coast byway of the Pan-American Highway to the trendy town of Buenaventura, JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort which features a lagoon, swimming pools and hot tubs, a golf course and a private beach. The luxurious colonial-style rooms have air conditioning, an iPod dock and flat-screen cable TV. Each room has a safe, a coffee maker and a stylish bathroom with bathrobes and a hairdryer.  The JW Marriott’s restaurants serve authentic Panamanian food, Japanese cuisine and steak dishes. Guests can request service in the pool areas, on the beach or directly in their room. There are also 2 bars.  Horseback riding, mini golf, surfing and riding along a zip line can be arranged by JW Marriot Panama Golf & Beach Resort. The resort also has an on-site spa, tennis courts and a gym.  Accommodations JW Marriott (B)

 

Day 22-25: Transfer to Boquete

This morning, transfer to the mountain town of Boquete in the Chiriquí Province. Characterized by the scenic beauty of its volcanic highlands, waterfalls, rivers, and rugged mountain peaks it is also one of the most productive provinces in the country, known for its cattle production, thoroughbred horses, orange groves, and strawberry, banana and coffee plantations.  Your mountain resort nestled at the foothills of the dormant Baru Volcano. This mountainous region is home to lush vegetation and more than half the bird species found in Panama. Accommodations Panamonte Inn (B)

 

Day 26-28: Transfer to Bocas del Toro

Early this morning, you will travel to Bocas del Toro. Only a few places in the world have this unique atmosphere: Particularly seductive, primitive and unforgettable. Bocas del Toro enchants all visitors with its unparalleled vegetation, biodiversity and inheritance. It is simply a true biological fantasy.
It has a true natural and indescribable beauty. Accommodations Laguna Azul (B L D)

 

Day 29: Bocas del Toro – Panama City

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport and flown to Panama City. Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel.  Accommodations Bristol Panama City (B L)

 

Day 30: Airport Transfer for your flight home (Private)

Your journey comes to an end today as you are met and transferred by private vehicle to the airport to board your international departure flight. Please Note: The pick-up for your transfer is generally three hours prior to your flight’s scheduled departure time. (B)