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Panama Trip from Wildlife to Waterfalls

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Panama  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5890 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 9486 US Dollar (USD)

The Panama Trip from Wildlife to Waterfalls tour includes some of the best highlights of Panama. First you will start your journey in Panama City during a sunset walk around the city where you will also enjoy dinner. Then you will have the opportunity to see Panama from a different perspective, one that is by canopy crane. You will also get to visit the Metropolitan Natural Park. From there you will transfer to Gatun Lake and explore the area on kayak as well as visit the famous Pipeline Road. You will have the opportunity to visit the Embera Quera Indian community before you head to El Valle de Anton. Upon arrival you will enjoy a fascinating night safari exploring the nocturnal flora and fauna. Finish your trip by visiting the best of what El Valle de Anton has to offer before heading back to Panama City for your flight home.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Panama City
Upon arrival in Panama City, private transfer to the hotel. In the late afternoon, the guide will pick travelers up at the hotel to head to Casco Antiguo, Panama City's colonial quarter. At Casco Antiguo travelers will feel set back in time while admiring the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. Learn about Panama's history by walking through the main attractions of this quarter. Stroll this 337-year-old neighborhood under the warm golden glow of the fading sun and get to see the beautiful Plaza de Francia, Metropolitan Cathedral, between others. Casco Antiguo is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as a place of non-stop ambiance with history, culture, nightlife, and restaurants. Dinner will be served at a cozy local restaurant before going back to the Panama City hotel.

Day 2: Canopy Crane Exploration
Today, explore Panama by canopy. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute rain forest canopy crane at Metropolitan Natural Park is 42 m tall with a 51 m long arm. The crane lifts nature enthusiasts above the forest in a comfortable gondola and lowers them at the desired observation sites within the canopy. In this way, the crane allows safe, easy and three-dimensional access to the forest. After 30 minutes of observation in the crane, enjoy three more hours of nature along the trails of Metropolitan Natural Park. After this excursion, travelers will return to their Panama City hotel.

Day 3: Gatun Lake
This morning, be met at the hotel and take a private transfer to Gatun Lake. Join a morning hike through Soberania National Park and observe a variety of exotic tropical birds while enjoying the surrounding trees and plants of this area. Pipeline Road, where the hike takes place, is a dirt road that goes through the heart of this national park and offers views of some of the diverse bird life that live in the area. Pipeline road has for several years in a row; set world record bird counts in a 24-hour period - up to 367 different species of birds. Some of the more common sights are the Slaty-Tailed Trogon, Keel-billed Toucan, Thick-Billed Mot-Mot, and several species of ant birds, wrens, tanagers and flycatchers. Of course, just because this tour focuses on observing the bird life, it does not mean that one might not hear or even see Howler Monkeys or other mammal life like sloth, anteaters and agoutis.

In the afternoon, explore the Canal in ultimate tranquility. Join the kayak tour on the Panama Canal and embark on a voyage with Mother Nature. Experience a true tropical rain forest at a leisurely pace that will allow travelers to quietly go with the current and perchance come upon unique jungle birds, monkeys, sloth's, maritime life surrounded by tropical flora and fauna. At the same time, travelers will get really close to the huge vessels on their way from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight on Gatun Lake hotel.

Day 4: Embera Quera Native Village
In the morning, the guide will pick the traveler up at the hotel to transfer them to the impressive Agua Clara Visitor Center located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. With an unparalleled view, this place is waiting for travelers who want to enjoy a pleasant experience enriched with interesting facts, but especially by being part of the history of the route that unites the world. The center offers a breathtaking panoramic view that contrasts two particular scenarios that generate mixed feelings. On one side, find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, be amazed by the view of the expansion works. At the projection room learn about the history and efforts of thousands of men and women that have marked the Canal's first century and, of course, plans in the near and distant future. Throughout the visit, watch for the walls and exhibits with interesting information that will amaze all travelers. Walk through the ecological path, with a variety of plants and species that makes the trail an adventure with great scenery and breathtaking views; identify the different species gathered there indigenous of the area of the Canal watershed. The tour will continue up north towards Buena Vista. There you will step into small boats, which will carry travelers up the Gatún River. A fascinating and dense jungle will accompany travelers on the boat trip until arriving at Embera Quera, one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama. The people of the Emberá tribe will welcome travelers at the pier and gladly give an idea on how they still live today. The villages chief will give you a brief explication on the history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, believes and handicrafts. Then, a traditional lunch of fish and plantains prepared by the Embera women will be served to the traveler. In the afternoon experience a traditional Embera dance and have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts. The sale of local products directly benefits the village and helps to pay the school fees for the children. Also get a temporary Embera tattoo painted on ones arm or leg.

Day 5: Gatun Lake- El Valle de Anton
This morning, leave Gatun Lake and transfer to El Valle de Anton. Tonight, enjoy a safari by foot. El Valle is very famous for its abundant and unique species that are often seen at night. This tour will take through a wonderful world that comes awake when the rest goes to sleep. Experience an incredible and adventurous walk through the nature trails of the majestic valley and get involved with the nocturnal wildlife of this region. Snakes, frogs, bats and some species of birds are best observed at night time.

Day 6: El Valle de Anton
Today, see the highlights of El Valle de Anton. See the stunning waterfall Chorro Macho, the ancient Petroglyphs of La India Pintada, Butterfly Garden, the famous handicrafts and fruit market and the Zoo El Nispero, with indigenous and nonnative species. Overnight in El Valle de Anton.

Day 7: Flight Home
This morning, transfer back to Panama City and connect with the international flight home.

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Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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