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2018 Dry Season Tour to Panama

10 Days / 9 Nights

Package Overview

The Dry Season in Panama runs from about late November until March. The 2018 tour will be February 23-March 4. Come join us on a group tour of the most exciting spots in Panama on our popular annual Dry Season tour.

Pre-Tour beach option Feb 20-23 to the Westin Playa Bonita Resort.

Agent Commission Starting At: $279.50

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $2795.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival a Recontur representative will meet you outside of customs and baggage claim for your private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel

Embera Indian Village tour with lunch - This tour is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip to Panama. The Embera Indians are one of seven indigenous tribes in Panama, and this tour will give you a fascinating look into their way of life. This full day tour begins at 8:30 am and returns at 4:00 pm. You will be transferred from your hotel to the shores of the Chagres River, where you will board a Piragua (dug-out canoe), and travel a short ride up the river accompanied by an Embera Indian guide. When you arrive at their community, you will be welcomed by tribal members dressed in their traditional clothing and escorted past their huts and into the community area. The chief of the village will teach you about the history of the tribe, their origins, and their lifestyle. The Embera will gladly demonstrate their native dances, their beautiful craftwork, and their cooking skills. You will be served a delicious lunch of fried plantains and tilapia fish, one of their traditional favorites. You will also be able to shop for their handiworks if you would like to. You will have the opportunity to take a short hike over rocky terrain to a crystal clear waterfall for a refreshing swim, and then return by boat to the bus and back to your hotel. Sequence may change with waterfall first depending on weather and village request.

Dinner and accommodations at the Resort

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel

El Valle tour with lunch - High in the mountains of Panama lies the picturesque town of El Valle de Anton (the Anton Valley), which occupies the largest inhabited volcano crater in the world. This quiet town is a popular weekend getaway, with beautiful trails for hiking and bird watching. The El Valle Tour departs at 8:00 am and returns at 4:00 pm. The drive to El Valle takes about 1 ½ hours, and once there, you will be able to experience much that this beautiful town has to offer. You will visit the crafts market, which has a diverse offering of flowers, fruits, and vegetables, as well as crafts handmade by the villagers themselves. You will also enjoy a walk through the rainforest for a visit to the El Chorro Macho Waterfall (The Male Waterfall), a spectacular 35-meter waterfall with a natural lagoon at its base. No trip to El Valle would be complete without a visit to the Butterfly Haven; come and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of many hundreds of living, jewel colored butterflies. Stroll through the screened tropical exhibit house and grounds and learn about these amazing creatures. Return to the resort for dinner and accommodations.

Day 4

Following breakfast, check out, and depart for your Jungle Boat tour with lunch.

This full day adventure is a combination of Eco Tourism and an up close look at the work being done to expand the Panama Canal. Tour Lake Gatun via fast motor launch, viewing the flora and fauna, and see the ships transiting the canal. You will be transferred to the Gamboa public boat ramp for a 9:30 a.m. departure, and will be able to witness history in the making as we pass close by work being carried out to expand the canal. We will stop along the way in hopes of spotting the white-faced Capuchin monkey, as well as sloths and other wildlife. You will journey to a floating lodge nestled within a remote area of Gatun Lake where you will be served a hot lunch. Be sure to wear your swimsuit as you will have an opportunity to swim at a spring fed natural pool. You may also have a chance to do some fishing or kayaking. Transfer to the city to the Country Inn and Suites.

Day 5

After breakfast, depart for your Atlantic Side Tour with Train and with lunch.

The Panama Canal Railway is one of the world’s great train adventures. Depart your hotel at 6:15 am and meet the train that will transport you across the Isthmus of Panama, from Panama City to Colon. Your view will vary as you travel from ocean to ocean: from lush rainforests to the Panama Canal, Gatun Lake, Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks, and the Centennial Bridge. Meet your guide in Colon at 8:30 am for your tour of the Atlantic side. On your tour, you will visit the new Agua Clara locks. Here you will see the new historic locks built to accommodate the Panamax ships. As time allows we may take a panoramic tour through Colon to see the historic Washington Hotel, which was built in 1870 as a residence for employees of the Panama Railroad Company, and which is still in operation today. Another highlight of your tour is Christ Church by the Sea, which is the oldest standing Protestant church on the Meso-American mainland and the second oldest in all of Latin America. End your tour with a visit to Portobelo, a sleepy little fishing village which once was the greatest Spanish port in Central America, After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Panama.

Day 6

Breakfast included

Panama Canal and City tour with lunch –The Panama Canal and City tour is a half day tour departing at 9:00 am and returning at 5:00 pm. You will start your day with a visit to the ruins of Panama’s first capital, known as Old Panama or Panama La Vieja. This city was founded in 1519 as the first Spanish settlement on the Pacific Ocean. Spanish expeditions to conquer other South American colonies left from here and returned with vast quantities of gold, attracting the attention of pirates like Henry Morgan. When this notorious pirate looted the city in 1671, the whole city was destroyed by fire, but the ruins of several impressive structures remain to this day. You will see the ruins of the Spanish fortress, the cathedral and the Bishop’s House, as well as a museum detailing what life was like in Old Panama. Next, you will travel to Casco Antiguo, the Colonial City, which is the historic center of the modern capital. Following lunch, you will head through the former “Canal Zone” to see the Miraflores Locks visitor center. This includes the entrance to the Museum, a movie on the new canal, and access to the viewing locations. From the observation deck, you can watch as ships cross the Panama Canal, and the fascinating process as they pass through the locks. Sequence and visits subject to change.

7:30 Tinajas Dinner show - You will be picked up at 7:30 pm at your hotel for a transfer to Las Tinajas Restaurant, which gets its name from a clay pot used to keep drinking water fresh. This is an authentic Panamanian restaurant housed in a charming old colonial house, with a menu based on traditional Panamanian recipes. Your dinner will be followed by a show about Panamanian folklore and local dances. You will enjoy the beautiful costumes worn by the dancers; elaborately stitched traditional clothes, with gold and pearl hair combs and jewelry inspired by traditions from as long ago as the 1500’s.

Day 7

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to David.

Upon arrival, transfer to the Valle Escondido Hotel, and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.

Day 8

Breakfast included at Valle Escondido.

Meet your guide for a Coffee Plantation Tour at the estate. Learn about the growth of coffee and the different varieties, and the roasting of coffee. After lunch, tour the town of Boquete and enjoy walking around the town.

Dinner included

Day 9

Breakfast included at Valle Escondido.

Meet your guide for a day trip to the Volcan, lunch included. Today you will head to the Volcan Valley area to explore this extinct volcano and its history. In this same region you will visit the discovery of the Sitio Barriles (located on a private farm), set within Panama’s western highlands near the town of Volcan. Sitio Barriles is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Panama. The items recovered here date back to 60 B.C. They came from an ancient agrarian people known as the Barriles, who are thought to have lived here as early as 734 B.C. We will drive into Cerro Punta for lunch and visit both a flower farm – Finca Dracula, and a horse farm – Haras Cerro Punta. Return to Boquete late afternoon.

Despedida dinner at Valle Escondido

Day 10

After breakfast, transfer to the David airport for your flight back to Panama and connect with your international flight home.

Option - you can arrive early and enjoy the beach before the tour starts.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Accommodations, meals, and tours as described in itinerary
  • Airport and hotel transfers

 Package Does Not Include

  • International or Domestic airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
  • Accommodations and room categories subject to availability and price change.
  • Seasonal rate changes may apply.
  • Package can be modified to add days, tours, change room categories, and for single room occupancy. All changes could affect pricing.
  • International air quote available on request.
  • Price in a single room $3775
  • Price in a triple room $2650 pp
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10 Days / 9 Nights Panama Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: Panama City
  • Government: Constitutional Democracy
  • Currency: Panamanian Balboa (PAB) US Dollar
  • Area: 78,200 km2
  • Population: 3,039,150 (July 2006 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), English
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 85% Protestant 15%
  • Electricity: 120V/60Hz
  • Calling Code: +507
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

Points of Interest

  • Panama La Vieja
  • Casco Antiguo
  • Miraflores locks
  • Panama Canal
  • El Valle
  • Embera Indian Village
  • Gatun Lake
  • Boquete