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Camino Real Trek 2019

8 Days / 7 Nights

Package Overview

If the mossy river rocks, the gurgling translucent waters and the majestic, ancient trees could talk, they would tell epic stories of long mule trains hauling the King's gold, of dashing incursions by pirates against Castilla de Oro’s New World fortifications and many untold story tales. Long before human ingenuity and determination envisioned the Panama Canal as it is today ... long before steam engines pulled the first trans-continental railroad across Panama ... a vital and mysterious road laid of stone traversed this domain of defiance ... a throughway that was the scenario of astounding human drama; where courage, greed and cruelty shaped the early history of the world's crossroads ... el Camino Real.

This is a shared service with Ancon Expeditions.

Agent Commission Starting At: $198.00

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1980.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive to Panama On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City you will be greeted by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama representative and transferred to your hotel. Night at HAMPTON BY HILTON.

Day 2

Historic Panama City – Madden Lake

Your morning begins with a welcome briefing with your expedition leader and your fellow trekkers, followed by a thorough inspection of your equipment for the hike on the Camino Real. Afterwards, visit the ruins of Old Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which holds historical relevance to the area that you will explore in the upcoming days. Early afternoon drive to Madden Lake, where you board your motorized dugout canoes in route to a small village where you will spend the night. You are greeted by the local villagers, who are proud to share their history and heritage with you. Night at local village in screened tents

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Chagres National Park

You bid farewell to your new friends and continue your adventure in the Chagres National Park. This protected area was created in 1985 to preserve 130,000 hectares (320,000 acres) of rainforests as part of Panama’s conservation strategy and to help preserve the watershed which provides all of the fresh water needed for the operation of the Panama Canal, as well as the drinking water for the two largest cities in the country. Along the way you will begin to uncover remnants of the original cobblestone of the fabled colonial route. As you skirt along the park´s boundaries you will come across peasant farms and hamlets and gradually enter the thicker and more pristine rainforest, where you run into vestiges of late 1800s manganese mines, including railroad tracks and locomotives encroached in the tropical vegetation that has taken over these relics. You cross the watershed divide of the Boqueron River over a low mountain pass into the Cascajal River basin as you head northwest towards the Caribbean Sea.

Three nights in field camps

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Chagres National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Chagres National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6


After four days of trekking, you finally reach the outskirts of Portobelo where an Ancon Expeditions’ vehicle will transfer you to your hotel, the final destination of the Camino Real on the Caribbean Sea. Set on a deepwater bay deemed easier to defend from the ravages of pirates, Portobelo was heavily fortified and for 150 years was home to the famous trade fairs, when the Spanish treasure fleet came to collect the riches that traveled across the isthmus on mule trains from Panama City and to leave merchandise brought from Seville for distribution throughout the Americas. Unsurprisingly, the wealth concentrated in the royal warehouses here was an irresistible target for the pirates who scoured the Spanish Main.


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Bay of Portobelo - Panama City

This morning enjoy swimming in the Caribbean Sea. In the afternoon you will drive to Colon City to catch the train back to Panama City. The Panama Railway was inaugurated in 1856 and was the first train to cross the continent from one ocean to the other. The completion of the trans-isthmian railroad was inspired by the Gold Rush when pioneers were in need of a fast and safe way to get to California. The train ride is one hour long from coast to coast and skirts the Panama Canal. A farewell dinner is prepared for this evening.


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Depart Panama

Today you are picked up at the lobby of the hotel 2.5 hours prior to your scheduled departure flight and transferred to Tocumen International Airport. Fly home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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 specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Accommodations and room categories subject to availability and price change.
  • Seasonal rate changes may apply.
  • Participants should be physically fit and able to hike at a moderate pace for up to eight hours in a day.
  • Medical limitations and concerns should be brought to our attention several weeks prior to the program’s departure date.
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
  • 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 upon request.
  • Minimum of three participants.
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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

  • Historic Panama City
  • Native Indian Village
  • Chagres National Park
  • Camino Real
  • Portobelo
  • Trans-isthmian Railroad