Description of Private Journey - Scenic and Cultural Contrasts of Panama ULPA02
- A privately guided tour of Casco Antigua, the old town of Panama city followed by lunch at a quaint and renowned restaurant
- A private helicopter flight over the skyline of the city, the canal and the coastline
- The scenic coastal drive to El Valle
- A guided boat tour to the deserted islands of Bocas del Toro
Today you board your aircraft for the flight to Panama City. Depending on the flight selected you will arrive in mid afternoon or evening. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and escorted to your car which will take you into the central city area and your deluxe boutique hotel. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
Day 2 Highlights of the Old City and the Canal
After breakfast you meet your guide to begin an exploration of old and new Panama City. You will start with Panama Vieja dating back to the 16th Century when Panama sent priceless metals back to Spain. You have the chance to explore a colorful marketplace and admire the hand-made art of the indigenous people. You will then proceed along the shore to the area known as Casco Antigua. Here you will explore on foot starting with the presidential Palace, built between the 16th and 17th Century, the cathedral and San Jose church with its magnificent altar. You have a leisurely lunch in the old town before heading across the causeway towards the canal. The drive gives you the opportunity to appreciate the modern skyline of the city a study in contrast with the old part of the city. You will be taken to Cerro Ancon a hilltop area that gives you a scenic view of the canal, the skyline and the old city. You then are taken to the canal itself and the Miraflores lock. You get an explanation of the canal before having cocktails and dinner at a restaurant as the ships pass by your window. An impressive sight to be sure.
Day 3 A Contrast of Cultures
Today you will spend the day in contrast between the technology of today and the eternal dignity of indigenous people who have little knowledge of, and little need of, many of the things we accept as part of our modern life. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to the domestic airport where your helicopter awaits to take you on a one hour breathtaking aerial tour of the coastline, over Panama City and part of the canal. Returning to earth you are then driven to the west to Curutu. There you step into a boat which will take you up the Rio Chagres through jungle reaching down to the banks on either side of the river. You arrive at the camp of the Embera Indians. Aware of the outside world but still happy in theirs, you will find the people, especially the children, to be delightful. After a neighborly visit you will return downstream and then drive back into Panama City. After a chance to relax and freshen up we take you to a charming restaurant close to your hotel.
Day 4 The Scenic Journey to El Valle
After breakfast, your guide will be waiting to take you out of the city to a charming valley that was once the caldera of a volcano. The drive will take you along the scenic coastal route to San Carlos. El Valle is a small mountain village and your elegant hotel fits in with its surroundings. It is inspired by Tuscany and its quiet elegance will pit you at ease immediately. After checking in you have lunch and then have the chance to check out the hotel's facilities including the spa.
Day 5 A Day at Leisure
Today you have the chance to enjoy the mountain air and the area around your hotel. You can hike in the foothills or rent mountain bikes and go further afield or you can just relax around the hotel.
Day 6 From El Valle to Bocas del Toro
In the morning your car will be waiting to drive you back to the city and the airport. You board your aircraft for the one hour flight to Bocas del Toro. Upon arrival you are transferred to the jetty where you board a boat for the scenic ride to your hotel on one of several idyllic islands surrounded by clear Caribbean waters teeming with fish. You check into your bungalow which is built out over the water whose clarity and shallowness allows fish watching from your deck. You have the rest of the day to relax.
Day 7 Touring the Archipelago
Today you will board a boat with a local guide to visit other islands in the archipelago. Depending on your choice you can stop and visit some Indian communities, meet dolphins in their natural environment and visit some of the most exotic and isolated virgin beaches located on various uninhabited islands. You return to your lodge later in the day in time for a spectacular sunset and dinner.
Day 8 Return to Panama City
You have the entire morning to enjoy your resort. Take a dip from your bungalow, try the spa or just go for a walk. After lunch the boat will be waiting to return you to the mainland where a car is waiting to take you to the airport for the flight to Panama City. Upon arrival you are transferred to your hotel where a farewell dinner awaits.
Day 9 Return to USA
Depending on your return flight to the US, your car will be waiting to get you to the airport for your return flight.
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Places Visited: Panama, Panama City
Duration: 10 Day(s)