October 2021

Extraordinary Panama

Panama City

13 Days – 12 Nights

This itinerary has been designed to showcase the very best of Panama with fantastic accommodation and excursions to get to know the heart of the country.

Arrive in Panama City, where you will be picked up at the airport by a guide who will help with the transfer to the hotel. The guide will also provide important information regarding the rest of the trip. Rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner at the Hotel and overnight stay.
MEALS: ‐ / ‐ / ‐

The tour starts at the Panama Canal, a magnificent work of engineering, actually the greatest and most expensive human feat of the time. After 30/40 minutes on the route, you will reach the Visitor Center of Miraflores Locks, from which you will be able to see closely the ships moving along the canal, and the way it operates. You will visit the Amador Causeway on the way, which offers one of the city’s most spectacular panoramic views.
Lunch will be served in one of the unsophisticated and typical restaurants of the Amador Causeway.

The tour ends in the Old Quarter of Panama City, the historic centre of San Felipe declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, thanks to its eclectic fusion of colonial, neoclassical and French architecture. This stop includes a walk in the streets, squares and gravel roads and a visit to emblematic colonial buildings, churches, and palaces.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / L / ‐D

The visit allows you to feel the excitement of going through part of the canal in order to observe the actual workings of the locks, which allow vessels to pass through the canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. First, transfer to the Modern International Flamenco Marina where you will set sail to the entrance of the canal.

In the boat, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the Bridge of the Americas and the spectacular gulf dotted by numerous ships waiting to pass through the canal. Every Vessel should be secured using mooring lines in order to be towed by electric locomotives called mules which move over parallel rails to keep vessels aligned. In a few minutes, water will reach the established level and the lock will open by the side of the stem allowing the ship to pass to the following basin. The tour continues at the Miraflores Lake up to reach Pedro Miguel’s locks where the level rises over 9 meters, then the canal shrinks, and the ship will continue under the Centennial Bridge until it reaches the famous Gaillard Cut or Culebra Cut, known for its meandering bends where the Chagres River converges on. The tour ends in Gamboa where you will return to the hotel. Lunch will be provided during the tour.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / L / ‐


Breakfast at the Hotel.

Transfer to Gamboa and stop at the Soberania National Park, 40 minutes away from the city in order to get into the Pipeline Trail. During the tour, it is possible to see in detail the great variety of flora in this secondary rain forest which serves as a bride to birds that travel to escape from winter and as a shelter for the most diverse fauna living among bushes, from monkeys, snakes, spiders, to anteaters and other species.
Next, go onboard a small vessel to discover the Gatún Lake. During this journey, visit the famous Monkey Island and enjoy nature.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Hotel Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

Transfer service of approximately one hour to the little pier of Gamboa where you will board a pirogue, a motor canoe, to arrive at the community of Emberá Katumá.
During the journey of approximately 15 minutes, you will be able to see the splendid jungle and if you are lucky, its monkeys, butterflies, herons and turtles. Upon your arrival, you will be received by the Indian Chief of the community who will tell you the history of the tribe and its cultural wealth.
The Emberá are native of the Darién, who in turn come from the Chocò, Colombia. They live at the edge of the river in little communities of thatch‐roofed palafittes named tambos, for counteracting humidity and avoiding floods.
Afterwards, a typical lunch will be served to you and you will enjoy a folkloric show with traditional music and dances.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / L / ‐

Emberá Katumá Community

After breakfast, transfer to the airport of Albrook in order to take a flight to David, where the guide will pick you up and help you with the transfer to the Hotel in Boquete.
Rest of the day at leisure.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

The coffee and Lérida Farm’s history dates back to the year 1911 when Sir Toleff Mönniche, one of the Norwegian Engineers who worked in the construction and design of the Panama Canal, in 1924 he built his first Coffee Farm. Later in time, in 1929, he began to export Panamanian coffee to Germany and he made this place a mandatory tourist reference point.

The route starts with a walk by the coffee plantations where their microclimate and variety are essential in order to reach excellence levels. Afterwards, you will visit the areas where the pulp is removed from coffee cherries; they are dried out and roasted. Towards the end, there will be a coffee tasting within which its scent, aroma and character are merged while creating a perfect balance of sweet and bitter tastes and blending. Rest of the day at leisure.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

The trail is located near Barú National Park, in Las Cataratas Nature Reserve, offering you the opportunity to go deep into the magic forest and see some of its 250‐bird species, including the famous Quetzal. Its plumage is simply fascinating: shaded green with blue and black and metallic highlights. The male has even more flashy colours, its breast is an intense red, its tail that may measure up to 70 centimetres long is white and green, its bill is yellow, and its crest is green with black shades. The Mayans and Aztecs venerated it as they believed it represented the god of heaven. The Quetzal feeds mainly on aguacatillo trees and nests in the holes of the trees. Visit through the clay pits and the mysterious swimming pools used by native tribes. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a refreshing bath in the crystalline waters of the waterfall’s lakes.
Rest of the day at leisure.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

Cloud Forest

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the Almirante, in order to take a short boat transfer to Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro Archipelago, where you will be picked up by a driver to transfer you to the Hotel.
Overnight stay. MEALS: B / ‐ / D


Breakfast at the hotel.
Day at leisure.
It is recommended to visit some of the several coral atolls and islets offering dream beaches surrounded by palm trees, a spectacular barrier reef, several sea species, emerald‐green waters, mangroves, tropical forests inhabited by an incredible fauna and lush flora. Each island has its own personality and natural beauty. It is a world that turns around water and nature where aquatic taxis are the sole means of transportation. Bocas del Toro is a place with ethnic and cultural wealth that is reflected in its traditions, dances, music and cuisine that in combination with the native culture get us back to the roots of the American Continent.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / ‐ / D

Bocas Del Toro


Breakfast at the hotel.
Private transfer to the airstrip of Bocas del Toro in order to take the flight to Panama City. Meeting with the guide for transfer to the hotel.

MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐


Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer in time to Tocumen Airport for the return flight.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐


For more information on tours to Panama please contact Gabriela Pedrotti: marketing@panamajourneys.com

The “Where the Wild Things Are” Experience with Camino Travel


Pacuare River: A breathtaking river with class II, III, and IV rapids that flows through a breathtaking canyon with steep, jungle-covered hills and occasional rocky cliffs. This area is almost inaccessible by vehicles, making this hidden gem a nearly untouched paradise.

Arenal Volcano: A plethora of adventure and relaxation activities, surrounded by lush rainforests, dotted with natural mineral hot springs. All under the mighty gaze of the conical Arenal Volcano and alongside the Arenal Lake.

Manuel Antonio: Pristine beaches, jungle-covered hills, and abundant wildlife. This popular destination boasts a fun-loving beach town, numerous surfing beaches, and a truly incredible national park.


Day 1: San Jose

Arrival at Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO). Meet & Greet outside the airport terminal and transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight at Park Inn

Day 2: San Jose – Pacuare – Arenal

(B, L) It’s an early wake-up on your first morning in Costa Rica when you’ll embark together on the 2.5 hours drive through the green countryside to the Pacuare River. Once at the river, you’ll start the real adventure as you board rafts and travel down the river for several hours of class II-IV rapids.

In the late afternoon, you’ll transfer to La Fortuna, home of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Aside from the volcano looming over the area, you’ll enjoy some of the most diverse activities, adventures, and experiences in the country. 

Overnight at Arenal Manoa Resort & Hot Springs

Day 3: Arenal

(B, L) The highlight of today is the canyoning activity, where you’ll find yourself rappelling down waterfalls into a green river canyon. The adventure ends at midday when you’ll be treated with a delicious lunch.

The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

Overnight at Arenal Manoa Resort & Hot Springs

Day 4: Arenal

(B, D) Get ready to sail through the air for this morning tour. You’ll head over to the Sky Adventures Park where you’ll ride up the side of a mountain on open-air gondolas, enjoying views of the volcano to the side and the lake below. Once at the top, the real adventure begins. You’ll glide your way to the bottom on 2 miles / 3km of zip line cables. 

In the afternoon, you’ll hike along the base of the Arenal Volcano to the 1968 lava flows. You’ll have yet another perspective of the volcano, the lake, and the surrounding mountains on this activity. After the hike, you’ll be ready for a relaxing soak in natural volcanic thermal springs and a hearty dinner. 

Overnight at Arenal Manoa Resort & Hot Springs

Day 5: Arenal – Manuel Antonio

(B) Today, you’ll take a private transfer from Arenal in the middle of the country to Manuel Antonio, located on the central Pacific coast. The ride itself will give you a great opportunity to appreciate some of the different geographies and climates of Costa Rica. 

Spend the afternoon exploring the hotel’s facilities, which include complimentary access to the hotel’s butterfly atrium, crocodile lagoon, and amphibian jungle.

Overnight at Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge

Day 6: Manuel Antonio

(B) This morning, you’ll get a chance to visit the favourite Manuel Antonio, National Park. This protected land is formed around the Punta Cathedral, which often looks like a whale’s tail. Here, you’ll find three unique beaches and a wide variety of protected flora and fauna. There’s a trail to the highest point in the park, where you can see the ocean and rainforest from up high, before enjoying some time relaxing on the beach.

In the afternoon, you’ll be able to choose to go back to the national park, unwind at the hotel, or explore the surroundings on your own. (Note that the national park is closed on Mondays. This activity will be rescheduled to another day, if necessary.) 

Overnight at Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge

Day 7: Manuel Antonio


The whole day is free to spend on the beach, enjoy the hotel’s facilities, or join one of the tours in the area.

Overnight at Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge

Day 8: Departure transfer

(B) You’ll depart on a transfer from Manuel Antonio to the Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO).

For those with early morning flights, we’ll gladly extend or adjust your itinerary to return to San Jose the night before and book an extra night at a hotel closer to the airport.

What’s included in the “Where the Wild Things Are” Experience?

  • Meet & Greet and private arrival transfer from San Jose Airport (SJO)
  • Accommodation as specified:
  • 1 night at Park Inn by Radisson San Jose  
  • 3 nights at Arenal Manoa Resort & Hot Springs
  • 3 nights at Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge
  • Meals as specified
  • Guided tours/activities: 
    • Whitewater Rafting Pacuare River (1-day tour)
    • Pure Trek Canyoning
    • Sky Tram & Sky Trek
    • Arenal Volcano Hike & Hot Springs
    • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Transfer from Pacuare River to Arenal provided by Rafting company (approx. 3 hrs)
  • Private transfer from Arenal to Manuel Antonio (approx. 4.5 hrs)
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio to Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO) (approx. 3 hrs)
  • Current taxes
  • Dedicated 24/7 in country support and emergency assistance
  • Flexible change/cancellation policies
  • Optional activities are not included

Important notes:

  • Accommodations will be in the above-mentioned hotels or alternative properties of similar style and ambience, according to availability at the time of booking.
  • Tours on the package may be adapted according to traveler preference.
  • The itinerary can be adjusted based on the arrival and departure airports (San Jose/SJO or Guanacaste/LIR).

Please contact Rebeca for further information on this tour.

Rebeca Urena
Sales Executive
Tel.: (+506) 4032-9100