trip
NEW Trip – Dolpo Crystal Mountain to Mustang TraverseView Trip Details

9 Days$3390USD

Activities
  • 9 Days Guided Adventure Touring
  • 1 Day Kayaking
  • 2 Days Hiking
Accommodation
  • 8 nights in 4 star hotels
Meals
  • 3 Lunches
  • 8 Breakfasts
3
Introductory
 
 

Trip highlights


  • Explore the charm of Panama City
  • Hike the Camino de Cruces Trail in the Soberania National Park
  • Travel upstream in the Chagres River in a motorised dug out canoe to the Embera Indigenous Village
  • Swim in the pools of Panama's most scenic jungle waterfalls
  • Ascend Panamas highest dormant volcano by 4WD to view the sunrise
  • Kayaking in the Gulf of Chiriqui and witness a plethora of native wildlife

Embarking on a journey to Panama is like stepping into a world of boundless wonder and adventure. This vibrant country in Central America is a treasure trove of extraordinary experiences waiting to be discovered.

Panama's diverse landscapes offer a breathtaking playground for nature lovers. Explore dense rainforests brimming with exotic wildlife, where the air is alive with the sounds of colorful birds and the lush foliage hides hidden waterfalls and winding trails. Uncover the secrets of Panama's pristine islands, with their sparkling turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.

But Panama's allure extends beyond its natural wonders. Delve into its rich history and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture. Wander through charming colonial towns, where beautifully preserved architecture tells tales of centuries past. Visit ancient indigenous communities and witness their traditional way of life, infused with deep-rooted customs and fascinating rituals.

Panama City, a vibrant metropolis, is a captivating blend of old and new. Indulge in the city's culinary delights, savoring a fusion of flavors that reflect Panama's diverse cultural heritage.

Trip Code: PAA

A representative will meet you at the Tocumen International Airport to assist and transfer you by private vehicle to your hotel located in Panama City. Check in to the Hotel Central (Deluxe Room) for 3 Nights. Experience the undeniable charm of Panama, Central Hotel was built nearly 150 years ago in the heart of the city, facing the beautiful Plaza de la Independence in Casco Antiguo (Old Town) – a designated World Heritage Site. The hotel is one of many historic buildings recognized by UNESCO for its architectural significance.

Meals:  Nil

As the sun begins to rise, we will depart from your hotel on an exciting journey to the Camino de Cruces (Las Cruces Trail). This historic stone trail, built by the Spanish during the early colonial era, holds tales of adventure and discovery. It served as a vital link between the Old Panama City, nestled along the Pacific Ocean, and Fort San Lorenzo at the mouth of the mighty Chagres River on the Caribbean Sea. Our trek begins with an approximately 45-minute drive, transporting us back in time as we enter the Soberania National Park. Here, within this protected area, we will embark on an approximately 8-kilometer, moderate level hike along a section of this storied trail (6-7 hrs. Elevation gain 227m). This partly cobble stoned trail requires good physical condition and will take you through creeks, and muddy, slippery and uneven rainforest terrain. You may want to bring another set clothes and shoes. As we venture forth, prepare to be enchanted by the magnificent rainforests enveloping the path, teeming with vibrant biodiversity and exotic wildlife. Along our journey, we will encounter fascinating landmarks that bear witness to the trail's illustrious past. Marvel at ancient stone remnants and markers, remnants of a time long gone. Listen closely, and you may hear the whispers of the past, stories of conquest, trade, and the sheer determination of those who braved this challenging route. As we hike through this captivating landscape, keep your eyes peeled for the incredible array of wildlife that call this rainforest home. From colourful birds soaring overhead to monkeys swinging through the canopy, nature's wonders will surround you at every turn. What to wear/bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking boots, walking stick, hat, raincoat, sun protection and insect repellent.

Meals:  B,L

Rise and shine as the day begins, and get ready for a captivating adventure in the heart of Panama's natural wonders. After being picked up from your hotel, we will embark on a journey to El Corotu, a picturesque spot on the shores of Madden Lake. Our mode of transport will be a motorized piragua, a traditional dugout canoe. As we navigate through the dense jungle, the Chagres River will guide us deeper into the mesmerizing wilderness. Our destination: an Embera indigenous village, where a day filled with immersive experiences awaits. As we arrive at the Embera village, a warm welcome awaits us. Immerse yourself in their rich traditions as you witness traditional dancing and music, an expression of their vibrant culture. Engage with the Embera people and learn about their close relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. The Embera are renowned artisans. Marvel at their exquisite woven baskets and intricately carved masks. A delicious traditional Embera lunch will be served, with authentic flavors that reflect their culinary heritage. As our day of exploration comes to a close, we will make our way back to Panama City. This experience will leave you with a profound appreciation for the rich cultural diversity and natural wonders that make Panama so extraordinary. What to wear/bring: Comfortable clothing and shoes, hat, raincoat, insect repellant and sun protection.

Meals:  B,L

Fly from Panama City to David today. At the appropriate time you will be transferred to Albrook Airport for your flight to David. Flight time will be approximately 45 minutes. Each passenger can check in 23kg of luggage free of charge. An excess baggage surcharge will be applied beyond weight limit at a rate of $5.00 USD per extra kg with a minimum payable of $25.00 USD. The additional piece (maximum 2 additional pieces) up to a maximum of 23kg will be invoiced at a rate of $35.00 USD per piece. This morning we will traverse Panama City's neighborhoods, you'll encounter friendly locals who are eager to share their stories and traditions. Engaging with the people of Panama is an essential part of your journey, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of the city's rich tapestry of cultures. What to wear/bring: Comfortable clothing and shoes (hiking boots or sneakers), hat, raincoat, sun protection and insect repellent. Overnight: Hotel Ladera for 2 nights

Meals:  B

Venture into the realm of legends as we invite you to conquer the mythical summit of Panama, the Baru Volcano. Standing proudly among the highest peaks in Central America, this dormant volcano towers at an impressive height of 3,475 meters (11,398 feet) above sea level, casting its watchful gaze over the provinces of Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro. Join at 3:30am for an extraordinary journey as we make the steep and rugged ascent to the summit in a 4x4 jeep. Though the road may be bumpy, rest assured that our comfortable seats and closed windows provide shelter from the cold, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable ride. For approximately two hours, we'll navigate the challenging terrain, gradually ascending to higher altitudes. At the top, a world of awe awaits. You'll have the opportunity to wait in the warmth of the vehicle, sipping hot coffee or tea, as anticipation builds for the majestic moment when the sun begins to make its appearance. If luck is on our side, we will witness a truly breathtaking spectacle—the sunrise from the highest point in Panama. As the first rays of light pierce the horizon, prepare to be mesmerized by the panoramic view that unfolds before your eyes. Behold the splendor of both coastlines stretching out in all their glory, as the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea blend seamlessly in the distance. We then descend the volcano to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Please note that due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for pregnant individuals, those with back problems, or individuals prone to motion sickness. What to wear/bring: Comfortable clothing (long sleeves, long pants, coat, etc.), closed shoes and sunglasses.

Meals:  B

Private Transfer Boquete to Boca Chica. Prepare for an extraordinary aquatic adventure as we venture into the Gulf of Chiriqui, paddling through the pristine waters of the mangrove-lined Northeast coast. Before we set off, our guide will provide a comprehensive safety briefing and an introductory paddle lesson. This ensures that you are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the open water confidently. Once prepared, you'll have the freedom to explore. Note: This is a 2 hr, challenging excursion which requires a degree of fitness. What to wear/bring: Comfortable clothing you don't mind getting wet, hat, sun protection, insect repellent and a change of clothes. Overnight: Hotel Bocas del Mar 2 nights (ocean view)

Meals:  B

Discover one of Panama's hidden treasures—the breathtaking Kiki Waterfall. Prepare to be captivated by its raw beauty and untouched splendour. Begin with a private transfer from your hotel, ensuring a comfortable and convenient start to the day. Sit back and relax as we traverse the picturesque landscapes for approximately 1.5 hours, heading towards the Ngäbe indigenous community. Upon arrival, we'll take a moment to explore the vibrant village, immersing ourselves in the rich culture and traditions of the Ngäbe people. Gain insights into their way of life and experience their warm hospitality before we embark on the next leg of our adventure. In a rugged 4x4 vehicle, we'll venture off the beaten path, embarking on a thrilling 20-minute ride that will take us across rivers, steep roads, and picturesque villages. This exhilarating journey serves as a prelude to the grandeur that awaits us at Cerro Blanco. As we reach our starting point, we'll begin a 20-minute, steep descent. The Kiki Waterfall, a hidden gem in the country, unveils itself in all its powerful magnificence. Marvel at the cascade of water as it plummets from great heights, providing a mesmerizing display of nature's grandeur. From various vantage points, including the inside of the waterfall, you can witness its awe-inspiring beauty up close. Afterward, we will indulge in a traditional Ngäbe lunch, savoring the flavors and culinary traditions of this remarkable community. What to wear/bring: Comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes, hat, raincoat, sun protection, insect repellent, swimwear, change of clothes, towel and cash in small denominations.

Meals:  B,L

Be transferred to David airport for your flight to Panama City. Flight time will be approximately 45 minutes. Each passenger can check in 23kg of luggage free of charge. An excess baggage surcharge will be applied beyond weight limit at a rate of $5.00 USD per extra kg with a minimum payable of $25.00 USD. The additional piece (maximum 2 additional pieces) up to a maximum of 23kg will be invoiced at a rate of $35.00 USD per piece. Private transfer to Hotel Executive (Standard Room) Located in the heart of the financial district, for more than 30 years, the Executive Hotel has served the business travellers, tourists and locals, developing a reputation as a hotel that offers great service, friendliness and personal attention. Enjoy the remainder of the final day at leisure.

Meals:  B

As you bid farewell to Panama, we hope you carry with you a treasure trove of wonderful memories that will remain close to your heart. From the awe-inspiring natural beauty to the rich cultural heritage, Panama will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on your life journey. Included departure transfer to airport on day 9 only.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • Private international airport transfers in & out of Panama City on first and last day only
  • Experienced bilingual Local Guide throughout
  • All Government taxes and permits
  • 8 nights accommodation in comfortable and well located hotels
  • Private internal transportation
  • Internal flights included
  • Kayaking equipment, including life jacket

  • International airfare, visa and travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and beverages not indicated in the program
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol etc

Departure dates


Dates don't fit?
Create a Private Trip

If you have your own group, talk to us about turning this itinerary into your own private adventure.

Priceper person from

$3390USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement - Panama Active ExplorerUSD$880
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Panama Active Explorer trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Trip reviews


Other trip reviews


Why travel with us

Award Winning Adventures

Enhancing your journey with authentic experiences, genuine cultural exchange and real exploration are the focal points on all of our adventures. In 2019, we were crowned by our peers as the best in adventure travel at The Travel Awards in Sydney.

Thoughtful Travel

Our vision is to leave the world a better place by following our sustainable active outdoor travel charter. All our adventures are 100% carbon offset and our Regenerative 2030 Project aims to integrate ‘regenerative’ projects into every one of our global operations by 2030.

Ultimate Value

 When you book one of our adventures, you will receive quality services at the best prices with plenty of inclusions. There are no hidden costs, single travellers don’t pay more and you’ll enjoy many ‘extra touches’ that ensure your holiday is excellent value for money.

Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions Schools"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions Schools</div>
World Expeditions Schools is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips