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Darien Explorer Trek

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 50 people
Destination(s): Panama  
Specialty Categories: Ecotourism   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2888 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2888 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1: Panama arrival
Welcome to Panama! On arrival to Tocumen International airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Panama City. this evening there will be a welcome cocktail and briefing with your expedition guide. Overnight at the Hotel Executive.

Day 2: Panama City - Gulf of San Miguel - Punta Patiño
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Panama City’s domestic airport to board a scheduled flight (about 45 minutes) to La Palma, capital of the Darien province, located by the mouth of the mighty Tuira River. At La Palma you will board your expedition boat, which will take you to the Ancon Expeditions Lodge at the private 65,000-acre Punta Patiño Nature Reserve, overlooking the Gulf of San Miguel where you will settle into your private cabins. Be on the lookout for bottle-nosed dolphins and different species of birds that find refuge among the mangrove-dotted coast. After a light and refreshing lunch you will head out on your first excursion of the trip. This afternoon you will hike the Piedra Canela trail where your guide will describe the importance of this tropical dry forest. This type of forest is quickly vanishing due to deforestation. You can return to the lodge or stay at the beach to see the spectacular sunset. This evening you will take a short walk to the wetlands in search of capybaras, the world’s largest rodent with its northernmost range being Panama. You will also look for caiman, owls and other nocturnal species. Overnight at the Punta Patiño Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Mogue River - Embera People
This morning you will embark on your motorized dugout canoe and head for the Mogue River. You will look for Roseate Spoonbill, Ibis, Osprey and Raccoons fishing along the river. The trip up river takes us through millenary mangroves making the boat ride extraordinary. You will arrive at the village of Mogue where its inhabitants will greet you. after the formalities and presentations you will be able to learn about their culture and traditions. Also you will have the opportunity of buying their beautiful handicrafts that are made from natural materials. Men are expert carvers of Cocolobo wood and the women weave extraordinary baskets from palm fibers with dyes from different plants. Enjoy the day exchanging experiences with the Mogue inhabitants. Overnight at the Mogue Village (fully screened tents with mats for sleeping) (B, L, D)

Day 4: Mogue River - Pirre Station
Your journey up the mighty Tuira River this morning will take you to the town of El Real and the Pirre River at the entrance to the Darien National Park. Access to the Darien National Park’s Pirre Station depends on the water level of the Pirre River. If the water level is low you will hike from El Real to the station (3 hours). If the water level permits you will ride in your dugout canoe (2 hours) Rushing waterfalls and crystal clear pools overwhelm your senses as the mighty Darien jungle envelops you. you will look for Dendrobates frogs and flocks of under story birds. Overnight at the Pirre Park Ranger Station (rustic with bunk beds) (B, L, D)

Day 5: Pirre Station
The area surrounding Pirre Station is the habitat for many lowland species. We may see Scarlet-browed, Tawny-chested, Lemon-spectacled Tanagers, White-fronted Nunbird, and Gray-cheeked Nunlet among many others. Those interested in botany will be overwhelmed by the old “cathedral rainforest” of ceibas, anacardiums, stranglers and more. This afternoon you can cool off in the Pirre waterfall with its natural water slide. Overnight at Pirre Park Ranger Station (rustic with bunk beds) (B, L, D)

Day 6: Pirre Station - El Real
This morning you will be on the trail early, observing the bird activity that accompanies the army ant swarms. After lunch you will continue hiking to El Real stopping en route at the Embera village of Pijibasal. At El Real you can enjoy the Bullerengue dancing that is popular in this afrodarienite town. You may choose to sleep in the local hotel or perhaps you will choose to set your tents for the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 7: El Real - Lepe
You will board your motorized piragua again this morning and resume your journey on the Tuira River passing by Yaviza, the terminus of the Pan-American Highway. If time allows you will visit the Embera villages along the river, learning more about this fascinating culture. From your piragua you may be able to see Wood Stork, Laughing Falcon, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Gray-headed Kite, Bat Falcon, Rusty-margined Flycatcher and many others. After approximately 4 hours you will arrive at the town of Boca de Cupe. It is from this town that the railroad took miners in and out of the fabled Cana Gold Mines. Now virtually uninhabited, Cana was home to more than 16,000 people less than 100 years ago. You will see occasional signs of the former infrastructure that was present in Cana during your hikes through the jungle. The paths of the former Cana Railroad provide access on foot through the jungle to search for macaws and peccaries. Overnight at Lepe Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Lepe Camp - Cruzamono Station
This morning you will start the hike up river to the Cruzamono Ranger Station. As you hike through the jungle you will be able to see and hear a myriad of birdcalls and other wonderful sounds of nature as well as maybe seeing footprints of mammals. Overnight at Cruzamono Park Ranger Station. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Cruzamono Ranger Station - Cana Field Station
You will continue your hike today following the Cupe River. You will look for White-headed Wren, Tody Motmot, Macaws, Red-throated Caracara, and many other species amidst the towering Cuipo (Calvallinesia platanifolia) trees and the giant Anacardiums. The remoteness of this region and the dramatic forest around you offers possible sightings of large mammals like Tapir, Giant Anteater, Black-spider Monkey, White-lipped Peccary and others. Accommodations at Cana are rustic but comfortable with shared bathrooms and cold showers. Overnight at Cana Field Station. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Cana Field Station
Set amidst 19th-century locomotives, winches, smokestacks and ovens, Cana is an explorers’ paradise. Relics of the recent attempts (late 1800s) to mine this wilderness area are reminders of how vulnerable even the most remote areas are to human exploitation. Largely due to ANCON’s efforts, in 1996 the government of Panama outlawed all mining activity within Darien National Park turning the area of Cana into a natural heaven. Overnight at Cana Field Station. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Cana Field Station - Pirre Cloudforest Camp
This full day, slow-paced hike to your highland campsite (located at about 3937 feet/1200 m a.s.l.) will take you through dramatic changes in the forest habitat. A virtual island of endemic and rarities, these forests are home to Golden-headed Quetzals, Yellow-green Grosbeaks, Yellow-collared Chlorophonias, Beautiful Treerunners, Varied Solitaires, Pirre Warblers, Pirre Hummingbirds, Pirre Bush Tanagers, Gray and Gold Tanagers, Rufous-breasted Anthrush, Sharpbills, Black-tipped Cotingas and many others. Follow the tracks of the Tapir and be on the lookout for White-lipped Peccaries. Overnight at Pirre Cloudforest Tent Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Pirre Cloudforest - Cana Field Station
Today you will explore this remote, unspoiled cloud forest paradise. From the camp you will climb another 2100 feet (640 m) and discover a forest covered by permanent mist. Rare species of flora are found here where the Jaguar is also present. Afterwards, hike back to the Cana Field Station for your last night in the Darien. Overnight at Cana Field Station. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Cana Field Station - Panama City
Your midmorning flight will take you back to Panama City. upon arrival, you will visit the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal and a craft market. You will be then taken to your hotel to freshen up for tonight’s farewell dinner at a typical Panamanian restaurant. Overnight at the Hotel Executive. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Panama City departure or Trip Extension
Transfer to airport for flight home, or extension trip within Panama. Note: Itinerary may be modified to suit weather conditions, transportation schedules, or other operational factors at the guide's discretion. 2009 Departure dates: Nov 22-Dec 5. 2010 Departure dates: Mar 8-21, Jul 5-18, Nov 22-Dec 5. Single Supplement is $525.00

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Airfare is not included in the tour price.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2009
Client Request Served: 64

Our company was founded in 1986, when we pioneered our first adventure trips into Venezuela. M19550 have been specializing in travel to Antarctica, Central and South America for 20 years and our services offer value while providing unforgettable trips. Take advantage of our knowledge and experience of Latin America to...

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