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Camino Real Trek

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 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: 1365 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1365 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Tonight you will meet with the Expedition Leader and the rest of the trip participants. Overnight at Country Inn-Panama Canal.

Day 2: Historic Panama Canal
Early this morning you will hike in Metropolitan Nature Park to get used to your gear and to get acquainted with the other adventurers. This is the first opportunity you have for bird watching and seeing animals such as the Red-napped tamarin and Coati and to get acclimatized to the hot and humid weather. In the afternoon you will visit several sites, including the ruins of Old Panama City where the Camino Real starts, which hold historical relevance to the area that we will explore in the next days. Overnight at Country Inn-Panama Canal. (BLD)

Days 3 – 5: Chagres National Park – Camino Real
You will take a short drive from your hotel located along the shores of the Pacific Ocean to Chagres River. The expedition starts with a dugout canoe ride with Embera Indians up the Chagres and its tributaries. By mid-day you are ready to continue the adventure on foot within Chagres National Park. The park was created in 1985 to protect over 300,000 acres of rainforests as part of Panama’s conservation strategy and to conserve the watershed which provides over 50% of the fresh water needed for the operation of the Panama Canal, as well as the drinking water for the two largest cities in the country. You will encounter remnants of the Camino Real (King’s Road) used by the Spanish in the 1500s-1700s period and vestiges of late 1800s manganese mines, including railroad tracks and locomotives encroached in the tropical vegetation that is taken over these relics. Chagres National Park is also home to endangered species such as jaguars, mantled howler monkeys and anteaters. It is also a bird sanctuary for more than 560 species, including the harpy eagle -- the largest eagle in the world and Panama's national bird. Most of the trajectory of this trek will take place through mature primary rainforest. You will cross the Continental Divide at its lowest elevation as we head North toward the Caribbean Sea. 3 nights in Tent Camps. (BLD)

Day 6: Nombre de Dios - Portobelo
Today you will reach Nombre de Dios, the original terminus of the Camino Real on the Caribbean Sea. Most of the trade between Spain and the Americas in the 1500s came through here until the town was sacked and destroyed by Francis Drake in 1596. A short drive along the coast will take you to Portobelo for a tour of the Spanish forts and churches. Portobelo was founded in 1597 to replace Nombre de Dios as the terminus of the Camino Real. Set on a deepwater bay deemed easier to defend from the ravages of pirates, Portobelo was heavily fortified and for 150 years played host to the famous trade fairs, when the Spanish treasure fleet came to collect the riches that traveled across the isthmus on mule trains from Panama City and to leave merchandise brought from Seville for distribution throughout the Americas. Unsurprisingly, the wealth concentrated in the royal warehouses here was an irresistible target for the pirates who scoured the Spanish Main. You spend the night at a small lodge on the waterfront. (BLD)

Day 7: Bay of Portobelo – Panama City
This morning there will opportunities to go snorkeling or diving (optional) to look for Sir Francis Drake's lead coffin which is said to have been dropped in the waters of Bay of Portobelo. In the afternoon you will drive to Colon City to catch the train back to Panama City. The Panama Railway was inaugurated in 1856 and was the first train to cross from one ocean to the other. The completion of the trans-isthmian railroad was inspired by the Gold Rush when pioneers were in need of a fast and safe way to get to California. The train ride is 1-hour long from coast to coast and skirts the Panama Canal. A farewell dinner by the Bay of Panama on the Pacific side is prepared for this evening. Overnight at Country Inn-Panama Canal. (BLD)

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

Member discount:
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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