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Panama Indigenous Trail

Gamboa Rainforest around the Gamboa town, that sits on the Chagres River where it feeds Lake Gatun. Its known for its virgin forest, with flowering trees, colourful birds and butterflies. It’s home to sloth, white-faced capuchin monkeys and howler monkeys. Local resorts conduct boat tours on the Chagres River and through the Panama Canal waterways to visit islands in the Gatun Lake. A cable car leads to an observation tower where visitors can admire the Chagres River.

Panama is well-known for its ecology, geography and canal but among its many hidden treasures are the indigenous tribal people who live in the Gamboa rainforest and the Bocas del Toro province. You will also travel to Chiriquí highlands, adorned with rainforests, volcanic peaks, coffee plantations, orchid farms and flower-filled towns such the mountain town of Boquete. Attractions include outdoor and adventurous sports, quaint villages with an ideal spring climate. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY PANAMA INDIGENOUS TRAIL…
And, experience Bocas del Toro province, on the northern Caribbean coast.
 

What We Love
  • The Soberania National Park is known for excellent birding and wildlife viewing.
  • Chiriqui highlands offer bird watching, walking, mountain biking and horse-riding activities.
  • Play castaway on the Bocas del Toro islands on the Caribbean coast.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • For domestic flights and boat transfers, luggage entitled is 12 Kilos.
  • Panama is renowned for its riptides. Stay out of choppy water.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Traversing through rainforest areas and beautiful idyllic coastal locations, not only will you learn a great deal about the crafts, traditions, beliefs and celebrations of some truly unique and interesting people, but you will undoubtedly encounter a rich array of tropical flora and fauna and scenery that will often leave you breathless.
 
You will travel to Chiriquí, the furthest most western province of Panama bordering Costa Rica. Lush green mountains surround as you climb higher up to the mountain town of Boquete. The Chiriquí highland is adorned with rainforests, volcanic peaks, coffee plantations, orchid farms and flower-filled towns. Attractions of the Chiriquí highland area are the natural beauty, outdoor leisurely and adventurous sports, quaint villages, friendly locals with an ideal spring climate. No wonder it is host to the largest expat community in Panama.
 
Next to Bocas del Toro province, located on the northern Caribbean coast of Panama. Extending from the mainland cloud forest mountains to the tropical island chains, it is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. The archipelago has 9 main islands, 52 cays, and thousands of islets. You can sail around the island chain, zipline through the rain forest, scuba dive, swim with manatees, or even see one of the last remaining monarchies on the American continent. Isla Colón, the main island, is home to the capital, Bocas Town, a hub for dining, shopping and nightlife, with reggae music emanating from open-air bars.
Getting There

International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. Services arrive daily from the US (most are routed through Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston or Miami) and other Central and South American cities; KLM and Iberia fly from Amsterdam and Madrid, respectively. Flights from San José, in neighbouring Costa Rica, often stop in David before continuing on to Panama City. The recently upgraded airport in David is expected to see direct international flights from and to the US at some point.
 

 
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Panama Indigenous Trail

Boguete, Bocas Archipelago, Salt Creek
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Panama City On arrival at the Tocumen International Airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted by private transfer to your hotel in Panama City.
Overnight at Country Inn Amador.

Day 02 – Cultural Encounter
Panama City Meet your guide and take an approximately 45 minute transfer through the Soberania National Park to Gamboa Town. Here you will meet your indigenous host and begin a cultural encounter with two diverse tribes. You will learn about their artwork, history and their way of life all in one day. Overnight at Country Inn Amador (B, L)

Day 03 – Chiriqui Highlands
David Take a private transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to David, located in the heart of the Chiriqui Province, which boarders Costa Rica. Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to the town of Boquete. Today you will also learn about the history of the Ngobe Indians who live in this beautiful area of the country.
Overnight in Finca Lerida hotel (B)

Day 04 – Boquete Tour
David Free day to explore Boquete at your leisure. Optional tours include coffee farms, flower gardens, river rafting, hiking, hot springs and much more.
Overnight in Finca Lerida hotel (B)

Day 05 – Transfer
Bocas Archipelago Transfer to the David Airport for your flight to the Bocas del Toro Archipelago in the Caribbean. Here you will experience Afro-Panamanian culture. Transfer to your hotel in the town of Bocas.

Spend the rest of your day to explore the Bastimentos Marine National Park for its picturesque beaches. There will an opportunity to go snorkelling and observe diverse marine life of the surrounding reef, walk on white sand beaches and relax in the ideal setting of the Caribbean Sea.
Overnight in Eclypse De Mar hotel (B)

Day 06 – Ngobe Community
Salt Creek Meet your local host to visit Salt Creek. On this adventure you will be able to admire the distinct ecosystem of the area and you will visit with the local Ngobe community in Salt Creek.
Overnight in hotel of your choice (B, L)

Day 07 – Transfer
Panama City Private transfer to the airport for your flight for Panama City and transfer to your hotel. Your afternoon will be free for town exploration or relaxation.
Overnight at Country Inn Amador (B)

Day 08 – Depart
Panama City Private transfer to Tocumen International Airport for your onward flight (B)

Extension to Darien National Park-Upon request.
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


When to go The best time to visit Panama is during the dry season from around mid-December to mid-April. There is a prolonged rainy season from May to November, with the heaviest rain between October and November. Rain in Panama tends to come in sudden short downpours followed by sunshine.

Days are hot, nights much cooler; temperatures range from 32 °C (90 °F) during the daytime to 21 °C (70 °F) in the evening practically year-round. Humidity is always high at about 80 percent. Temperatures vary according to geography. The climate is less tropical at higher elevations. In mountain areas the average annual temperature ranges from 10ºC to 19ºC (50-66ºF) at various mountain elevations.

Visa The UK, Germany and Switzerland citizens and many other nationalities need only a passport to enter Panama, while people from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Venezuela and some other countries need a tourist visa or tourist card as well.

British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Panama except if arriving by sea. You must have a return or onward ticket and the equivalent of US$500 or a credit card.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of exit from Panama. Your passport must also have several unused pages.

For further information with the Embassy of the Republic of Panama in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk