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The Panama Canal Expanded

8 days/ 7 nights

Package Overview

Since the SS Ancon made the first ocean to ocean transit through the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914 more than a million vessels have transited through the waterway bringing commerce, cultures and people from all corners of the world closer together. In 2014, the Panama Canal celebrated its 100th anniversary and on June 26, 2016 the expansion of the Panama Canal was completed! We invite you to join this unforgettable program that takes you to the most important and influential areas related to this man-made wonder.

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Agent Commission Starting At: $230.00

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $2300.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

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ARRIVAL IN PANAMA CITY

- On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama city, you will be met by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama Driver and transferred to your hotel in Panama City.

Accommodations at AC Hotel Panama City.

Day 2

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CHAGRES RIVER AND EMBERA INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

- Depart the hotel lobby for a one hour drive to El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake.

- Here you will board a motorized piragua to travel up the Chagres River. The dugout canoe journey will take you through the rainforests of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, the largest of the national parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed.

- You will reach the Embera village where you will be greeted with dancing, music and a sumptuous lunch made up of fresh fish, plantains and tropical fruits prepared by your hosts.

- Learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature while visiting the village. The Embera are famous for their basketry and wood carving skills. There will be handcrafts available for sale and you will have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye used by the Embera to adorn their bodies.

- Early in the afternoon you will return to El Corotu for the drive back to your hotel.

- Dinner at hotel.

Accommodations at AC Hotel Panama City.

Day 3

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SOBERANIA NATIONAL PARK AND JUNGLE BOAT TOUR ON THE PANAMA CANAL

- Depart the hotel lobby for a short transfer to the Soberania National Park in the Panama Canal Watershed.

- Your first stop will be at the Rainforest Discovery Center where you can enjoy spectacular views of Soberania's vastness and canopy from the observation tower.

- The park boasts an impressive list of 525 species of birds including the Black Hawk-eagle, Black-cheeked woodpecker, Black-breasted Puffbird, just to name a few.

- Soberania is also home to 105 species of mammals including large felines, Tamandua, Two and Three-toed Sloth, 4 species of monkeys,and so many more.

- By late morning you will enjoy a rainforest picnic lunch, giving you opportunities to further explore the healthy and productive habitats of the Panama Canal Watershed.

- Continue with a short ride to the marina at Gamboa where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal.

- Here you board an expedition boat and depart on an adventure that will include a voyage across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal passing by gigantic cargo ships transiting the waterway, making contrast with the natural surroundings.

- Your expedition boat will allow for close approximations to rainforest covered islands in Gatun Lake to search for White-faced Capuchin, Mantled Howler Monkey, Central American spider monkey, and Geoffrey’s Tamarin.

Accommodations at AC Hotel Panama City.

Day 4

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THE SPANISH MAIN IN PORTOBELO AND AGUA CLARA LOCKS ON THE ATLANTIC (PANAMA CANAL EXPANSION)

- Depart the hotel lobby, be checked out and with your bags ready. You will enjoy a ride across the Isthmus of Panama heading North East along the Caribbean coast to the historic town of Portobelo.

- You will visit Forts San Geronimo and Santiago de la Gloria as well as the Church of San Felipe.

- You will then continue for approximately 60 minutes to enjoy lunch at the Gatun Restaurant overlooking Gatun Lake.

- Then step out on the lookout platform right over the new Agua Clara Locks which are part of the Panama Canal expansion, inaugurated on June 26, 2016.

- Check in at the Melia Panama Canal on the shores of Gatun Lake.

Accommodations at Melia Panama Canal.

Day 5

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SAN LORENZO NATIONAL PARK AND PANAMA RAILWAY

- Cross the Gatun Locks and visit the Castle of San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

- You will be traveling through lush rainforest within San Lorenzo National Park.

- On the return back to the hotel, drive by the former military bases. Lunch at Shelter Bay Marina.

- Afternoon sightseeing in and around Colon City where you may visit the Iglesia de Piedra, built in 1863 by engineer James Renwick from New York.

- The return to Panama City will be aboard the Panama Canal Railroad.

- The train will take you along the magnificent waterway, flanked by the exuberant rainforests of Soberania National Park.

- After a 1-hour train ride you will arrive at Corozal Station in Panama City and transferred to your hotel.

- Dinner at a local restaurant at Flamenco Island on Causeway Amador.

Accommodations at Radisson Panama Canal Amabor.

Day 6

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METROPOLITAN NATURE PARK, PANAMA CITY AND CANAL ZONE

- On this tour, you will enjoy a slow walk through the forest looking for wildlife while learning about your natural surroundings and encounters from your Naturalist guide.

- From the top of the hill at the park’s highest point located at 150 meters above sea level, you can enjoy impressive views of bustling cosmopolitan Panama City, the Bay of Panama and the islands of Perico, Naos, Flamenco, Taboguilla and Taboga.

- You can also observe the Panama Canal entrance on the Pacific side, the Bridge of the Americas, and Ancon Hill.

- Continue to Casco Viejo, and enjoy a historical walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

- Casco Viejo is home to the Presidential Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Theater, the French Plaza and several other iconic landmarks that offer testament to the city’s rich history, culture and heritage.

- From the top of old city’s wall enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean dotted with local fishing boats near port and massive ships lined up waiting to cross the Panama Canal as well as the impressive skyline of modern Panama City.

- After lunch in the old town, you will visit the Biodiversity Museum, designed by the world renowned architect Frank Gehry.

- Return to your hotel to freshen up and relax before dinner.

LAS TINAJAS DINNER SHOW

- Tonight you will enjoy a folkloric dinner show including traditional Panamanian cuisine accompanied by a dance and music presentation where you will learn about the local Pollera dress and its cultural value, the musicians and their instruments, songs, clothing and singing. After dinner, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Accommodations at Radisson Panama Canal Amabor.

Day 7

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OCEAN TO OCEAN PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT

- The Panama Canal tour starts with an early morning pick up at your hotel for a short transfer to Flamenco Island on Causeway Amador you will embark on a ferry.

- You will first sail under the bridge of the Americas.

- Northbound on the Panama Canal, the first stop is at Miraflores locks, which are the tallest in the locks system due to the extreme tidal variation of the Pacific Ocean.

- A transition from salt water in the Pacific Ocean to fresh water in the locks chambers and lake take place here.

- Lunch is served buffet style, while enjoying views of the giant cranes and dredging equipment near Gamboa, half way through the voyage in Gatun Lake you will pass by Barro Colorado Island,

- The ship will continue along a channel to the Port of Cristobal. You will disembark in Cristobal and board a coach bus that will take you back to Flamenco Island

- At return to Flamenco Island, you will be transferred to hotel.

- This evening you will be taken to a special farewell dinner venue called Atlantic Pacific, located right above the Panama Canal!

- After a short drive through the former Panama Canal Zone, including the town of Balboa and the old US Amador Army Base you will reach Miraflores Locks where you enjoy a buffet dinner with close-up views over the locks´ operation.

- Transfer back to your hotel after dinner.

Accommodations at Radisson Panama Canal Amabor.

Day 8

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DEPART PANAMA

- Transfer to airport for departing flight home.

Single rate $2996

DISCLAIMER & NOTE

Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to tidal/weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.

This program includes a private Ancon Expeditions´guide accompanying the group throughout the entire itinerary.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Accommodations, meals, and tours as described in itinerary.
  • Airport and hotel transfers
  • Park and related entrance fees, private group guide services
  • 7% tax

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Accommodations and room categories subject to availability and price change.
  • Seasonal rate changes 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.
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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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 and Canal Zone
  • Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal Transit
  • San Lorenzo National Park & Panama Railway
  • Soberania National Park and Jungle Boat tour on the Panama Canal