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Coastal Darien Explorer

4 Days/3 nights

Package Overview

This unforgettable adventure takes place along the historic Gulf of San Miguel, where the Spanish discoverer Vasco Nuñez de Balboa became the first European to set eyes on the Pacific Ocean back in 1512.

This is a shared service with Ancon Expeditions.

Agent Commission Starting At: $101.70

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1017.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Panama City – Punta Patiño Nature Reserve – Gulf of San Miguel

Early this morning you will be picked up by your Naturalist Guide at your hotel lobby. Enjoy a scenic 4-5 hour ride from Panama City along the Pan-American highway, east, to Puerto Quimba, Darien. Along the way, your Naturalist Guide will give you an introduction to your 4-day adventure while traveling from a vibrant cosmopolitan city to small farming towns and indigenous villages; from multi-lane highways to narrows country roads; from skyscrapers to simple houses along rivers with meadows and forests. In a small village along the way stop for a typical Panamanian breakfast where you will enjoy an arrange of local fritters, fresh fruits, freshly brewed coffee and more local specialties. Late morning arrive to Puerto Quimba, embark a motorized boat and go on an approx. 1.5 hour boat ride along the Tuira River and the Pacific Ocean to the private 65,000-acre Punta Patiño Nature Reserve, overlooking the Gulf of San Miguel, where you settle into your private rustic cabin. After a light and refreshing lunch you will head out on your first excursion of the trip. Lead by your Naturalist Guide you will hike into the forest in search of nature creatures and exquisite flora. You will learn about the work that the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON) is carrying out to protect the reserve and how the rainforest is regenerating. This evening you will take a short walk to look for caiman, owls and other nocturnal species.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

The Embera People of the Mogue River

This morning you embark on a motorized dugout canoe and head for the Mogue River. You will look for Roseate Spoonbill, Ibis, Osprey and Raccoons fishing along the river. The trip up river takes you through millenary mangroves making the boat ride extraordinary. You arrive at the village of Mogue where its inhabitants greet you. After the formalities and presentations you will be able to learn about their culture and traditions. You will also have the opportunity of buying their beautiful handicrafts that are made from natural materials. The men are expert carvers of Cocobolo wood and the women weave extraordinary baskets from palm fibers with dyes from different plants. On your return trip to the lodge you will do a coastal tour of the reserve. This afternoon is free to continue exploring the area surrounding the lodge on your own, enjoy the view from the second floor veranda or enjoy a siesta on one of the hammocks or at your cabin.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Punta Patiño Nature Reserve

After a hearty breakfast you will enter with your guide into the primary forest of the reserve. The emergent tree species here is the impressive Cuipo. You will hike a back trail in search of more flora and fauna. You return to the lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon you board your boat for a coastal tour of the reserve and the sea bird’s nesting areas of El Morro.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Return to Panama City

Early this morning you can continue birding with our guide or we may opt for taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the tranquility of the isolated beach. Midmorning you take a boat ride to Puerto Quimba and go from there by land back to Panama City. Drop off at hotel late afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

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

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • 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.
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
  • 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.
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4 Days/3 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

  • Punta Patino Natural Reserve
  • Embera Village
  • Darien Region