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Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canal

9 Days / 8 Nights

Package Overview

Where the river ends and the jungle begins is an imperceptible line...

Our Emberá guide points to a flock of pelicans in a tight formation, skimming the water. Reaching the bank, a group from our guide’s village is there in welcome. In their traditional brightly colored sarongs and loincloths, their song gets all hands clapping in time. Graciously, they gift us with our own jagua paint “tattoos” similar to their own intricate body paint.

Highlights include:

  • Adventure cruise
  • One-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Panama City
  • Transit the Panama Canal
  • Kayak, paddle board, and snorkel among Las Perlas and the Guna Yala islands
  • Exchanges with Guna and Embera villagers
  • Explore historic Fort San Lorenzo - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Marine life search in the Gulf of Panama
  • Wildlife viewing in Darien Jungle by motorized dugout canoe and on hikes
  • Bird watching along the Chagres River

2017 Fixed Departure Dates:

  • Oct. 27

2018 Fixed Departure Dates:

  • May 4, 11, 18, 25
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Aug. 31
  • Sep. 7, 14

Agent Commission Starting At: $379.50

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $3795.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

You will be warmly greeted and transferred to your included Panamá City hotel for your overnight stay. Unwind from your day of travel or walk to nearby city sites.

Day 2

Enjoy a morning of leisure at your boutique hotel or explore nearby city markets and cafés. Later, rendezvous with your shipmates in our hospitality area and then cross the peninsula overland to Colón as you transfer to the Safari Voyager for a hearty welcome from your captain and crew.

Day 3

Home to one of the best preserved Native cultures in the Americas, the indigenous province of Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands) encompasses over 360 islands of white sand beaches backed by palm trees and dotted with thatched-roofs. Discover the remarkable heritage of the Guna (or Kuna)—don’t pass on a chance to buy their colorful handcrafted “molas.” Enjoy the natural wonders of these islands with a snorkel in the crystalline Caribbean waters.

Day 4

Another beautiful day awaits in Guna Yala. Slow the pace lazily lounging on a beach or taking an easy stroll in the sand with views of the brilliant sea. Snorkel, paddle board, or kayak among these picture-perfect islands.

Day 5

Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the docket today, both dating back to the 1500s. Portobelo Bay has a rich history with notable characters like Henry Morgan, Francis Drake, and Christopher Columbus. You can sense the past of pirates and explorers before you. Get a view of Portobelo from a kayak or skiff—and imagine their approach. Walk among the battlements and canons of Fort San Lorenzo, sacked multiple times by swashbuckling buccaneers. Later, prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting along the 48-mile marvel, the Panama Canal. (Time varies depending on when the lock authority gives the final go ahead for your evening transit).

Day 6

Golden sand meets topaz-colored water, and beaches make way for lush vegetation and rocky volcanic outcroppings on the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of Las Perlas—the Pearl Islands. Almost entirely uninhabited, the islands are host to a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Mid-summer through early-fall, the archipelago is frequented by dolphins and humpbacks—so keep your eyes peeled for acrobatic spinning and telltale blow spouts. Select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape.

Day 7

Untouched and untamed, the Darién Jungle is nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for early conquistadors 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe, your expedition guide will help you spot wildlife—astonishingly-colored roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons can be seen fishing for breakfast from the water’s edge. After welcoming formalities at a local Emberá village, they’ll share their customs and stories, and you’ll have an opportunity to buy handicrafts from the villagers, including their highly-prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets.

Day 8

Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot, part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America. Then set sail in search of wildlife, keeping watch for bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, smaller shark species, and early in the season for migration, whales. This festive evening includes a special farewell dinner and celebratory slideshow from your expedition team.

Day 9

After an early breakfast, bid adios to your crew. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home or to begin your hotel stay.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • All onboard meals, spirits, wine, microbrews, non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment
  • Wellness amenities: fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage

 Package Does Not Include

  • $250 port taxes/fees are additional
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Pricing varies depending on date and cabin type. Call for prices.
  • Passport required.
  • Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.
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9 Days / 8 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 City, Panama
  • Darien Jungle
  • Pearl Island Archipelago
  • Chagres River
  • Guna Yala
  • Colon