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Panama Multi-Sport Adventure

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 50 people
Destination(s): Panama  
Specialty Categories: Ecotourism   Multi-activity  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2048 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2048 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1: Panama City Arrival
Arrival at Tocumen Airport, Panama City, Panama. You will be met by our local representative and transferred to the town of Gamboa by the Panama Canal (45 minutes) where you will spend the next two nights at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Depending on your arrival time, you can opt to join any of the outdoor activities available at the hotel. Meals are on your own today.

Day 2 Camino De Cruces – Panama Canal Boat Expedition
Early this morning you will meet our guide over breakfast for a briefing of the day’s activities. You will take a 15-minute drive to the Camino de Cruces (Las Cruces Trail). This historic trail was built by the Spanish in the early years of the colony to connect Panama City, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with Fort San Lorenzo, by the mouth of the mighty Chagres River on the Caribbean Sea. The stone trail ended at a bend on the Chagres River (where it now meets the Panama Canal) and from there transportation of goods and people took place via dugout canoes. Fortunately a 10km stretch of the trail (4-5 hours) has been protected within Soberania National Park. The mostly flat trail will take you through magnificent rainforests teeming with exotic wildlife and historic landmarks. You will reach the ruins of the town of Venta de Cruces, by the Chagres River, where you board a comfortable expedition boat and depart on an adventure that will include a voyage across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal passing by gigantic cargo ships transiting the waterway, contrasting with the natural surroundings. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot Green iguana and Three-toed sloth resting on tree branches, Crocodile, Osprey in the hunt for Peacock bass, Snail kite and Keel-billed toucan among other wildlife. Gatun Lake was formed to give way to the Panama Canal in 1914. With a surface of 423 square-kilometers, at the time of its creation was the largest man-made lake in the world. The flow of all rivers within the Panama Canal Watershed is contained in Gatun Lake to provide water for the operation of the lock system. More than 52 million gallons of fresh water are used for every ship that transits through the Panama Canal from one ocean to another. Our expedition boat will allow close approximations to rainforest covered islands (former hill tops) in Gatun Lake to search for White-faced capuchin, Mantled howler monkey, Spider monkey, and Geoffrey’s tamarin. Overnight at Gamboa Rainforest Resort. (B,L)

Day 3 The Chagres River And The Embera Indians
Early in the morning you depart on a 35-minute drive to El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake. The main reservoir of drinking water for the cities of Panama and Colon, Madden Lake also supplies 40% of the water required for the operation of the Panama Canal. Here, you board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to the Embera indigenous village of Embera Drua. The dugout canoe journey takes you through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the Chagres River, you may be able to spot Little Blue and Green Heron, Great Egret, Anhingas, Neotropical Cormorant, Amazon, Ringed, and Green Kingfishers, along with Keel-billed Toucans and Ospreys flying above. At the Embera village you will be greeted with dancing and music. You will learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handcrafts available for sale and you will have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a picnic lunch you visit the nearby waterfall where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Chagres River. You can also hike the medicine trail with a local guide. Overnight at Gamboa Rainforest Resort. (B,L)

Day 4 Whitewater Rafting/River Kayaking
Today you check out from Gamboa and head East on the Panamerican Highway (2 hours) to the Mamoni River for a day of whitewater adventure. The river is classified as Class II-III at its upper section and Class III-IV at the lowest section. There are a couple of passes that are hiked due to safety considerations, among them, a beautiful Class VI fall. Along the way you will enjoy the wonderful scenery. Arrival at the take-out zone by mid afternoon. From here you drive a short distance to Burbayar, a private nature reserve protecting some of the most spectacular rainforests found in Central America. Overnight at Burbayar Jungle Lodge (B,L,D) NOTE: During our dry season (usually February through May) we only run kayaks on this river.

Day 5 Burbayar Rainforest Reserve
Today you will hike on one or two trails within the reserve. There will be options to go birdwatching at a slower pace looking for specialties of the area or to do a more demanding hike to reach a couple of spectacular and seldom visited waterfalls. Overnight at Burbayar Jungle Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6 Kuna Yala – San Blas Islands
At the crack of dawn you will enjoy a hearty breakfast and soon will be on your way. This time you will drive north in 4x4 vehicles along a recently recovered jungle road. A quick stop at the Continental Divide will reveal splendid views of the vast rainforest protected by the Kuna Indians as far as the Caribbean Sea, your destination. The 20km ride will be accomplished in 1.5 hours accounting a couple stops along the way for nature observation. On arrival to the shore a motorized dugout canoe will be waiting to take you to Carti, a Kuna Indian village, for a cultural visit. You continue a short distance to an idyllic palm tree covered island where you spend the rest of the day snorkeling and relaxing. Tonight you will stay at a lodge owned by a Kuna family. Overnight at Coco Blanco Kuna Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7 Panama City
This morning you fly back to Panama City (35 minutes) from the Carti airstrip located on the mainland. On arrival you are transferred to our hotel located at the entrance of the Panama Canal on the Pacific Ocean. You have the morning off to rest, enjoy a walk along the Amador Causeway or shop at the nearby handcraft market. For lunch you will hop on bicycles and ride to a nearby seafood restaurant overlooking the Bay of Panama and the modern city of Panama. In the afternoon we visit the Smithsonian’s Punta Culebra Marine Exhibits and the Frank O. Gehry Biodiversity Museum. You return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out to colonial Casco Viejo for a walking tour. You stay in the area for a farewell dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the Country Inn – Panama Canal (B,L,D)

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast, catch the group transfer back to the airport for homeward-bound flights or spend additional time in Panama exploring this incredible country on your own (B)

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10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

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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