Panama Ecotours

Panama is one country but has many paths that lead to exotic rainforests, tropical beaches and unspoiled coral reefs, beautiful mountain refuges, more than 1500 islands, Indigenous cultures, adventure, amazing birdwatching, and of course, the engineering feat of the Panama Canal.

Panama Encounter

Day 1: Panama City

You are met at the Panama City airport and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at your leisure.
Day 2: Chagres National Park

Your day begins with a ride in a motorized “piragua” (dugout canoe) on the Chagres River, a route used by the Embera Indians for their daily transport. The journey travels through the rainforest of the Chagres National Park. Along the Chagres River, you may be able to spot Little Blue and Green Heron, Great Egret, Anhingas, Neotropic Cormorant, Mealy and Red-lored Amazons, Ringed and Green Kingfishers, along with Keel-billed Toucans and Ospreys flying above. Hike through the rainforest with a local indigenous guide who will explain the botanical aspects of the trail. Village members will share their culture through dance, rituals such as body painting and food. You may even have the chance to be painted with the traditional jaguar. Lunch at the village. (B,L)
Chagres National Park
Day 3: Panama Partial Canal Transit

Early in the morning your driver transfers you to the Flamanco Marina to begin your Partial Transit of the Panama Canal. Admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline, and the Bridge of the Americas during the Panama Canal Partial Transit. You transit the Miraflores Locks where the vessel will ascend 54 feet in two distinct steps. Then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks. Next, the vessel will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel will be raised the last 27 feet to get into the Gatun Lake. Shortly after you go under the Centennial Bridge, making your way to the Gatun Lake. During your transit through Gatun Lake you pass the Smithsonian Research Station, Barro Colorado. After reaching the Gamboa Dredging Division you board motor coaches for your transfer back to Panama City. (B,L)

NOTE: This Transit can either go northbound or southbound - it depends on the day and Panama Canal Authority. The above description describes the northbound transit. Also please note that during the dry season and low water levels in Gatun Lake the Panama Canal Authority may implement strict water conservation guidelines. These measures restrict transit schedules and may cause changes in Canal Transit departure times. You are advised of any changes the day before your transit tour.
Panama Partial Canal Transit
Day 4: Chiquiri Cloudforest

This morning fly to the city of David where you are met and transferred to a coffee estate farm, located outside the quaint town of Boquete. This finca is located in an exclusive private nature reserve ranging in altitude from 5,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level. This unique finca is ideal for those interested in flora and fauna, birdwatching, nature photography and nature lovers in general. You can hike around the property trails or book one of the optional tours such as riding horses, coffee tours or rafting. (B)
Chiquiri Cloudforest
Day 5: Baru Volcano National Park

After breakfast explore the trails around the Baru Volcano National Park with a naturalist. This park encompasses a variety of climate zones from humid montane forest to very humid low montane forest. Volcan Baru is the highest point in Panama at 3,474 meters high. From the top you can see both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Over 250 bird species have been recorded and five cat species live here. There is a good chance that you will see the Resplendent Quetzal in its mountain habitat of wild orchids and bromeliads. This is a beautiful hike. (B,S)
Baru Volcano National Park
Day 6: Bocas del Toro

This morning embark on a 4-5 hour magnificent journey over the mountains and down to the Caribbean coast. There are stops en-route to photo the beautiful scenery and stretch your legs. End your journey at a Punta Vieja lodge on the Bastimentos Island. Here you experience the Afro-Panamanian culture and the Teribe indigenous group. Between jungle and sea, the lodge has created a comfortable and private retreat, perfectly integrated into the lush tropical environment of Isla Bastimentos. (B)
Bocas del Toro
Day 7: Bocas del Toro
Today relax in the Caribbean waters or take an optional tour such as snorkeling, kayaking, a chocolate tour, or a tour to Bastimentos Marine National Park. (B)
Bocas del Toro
Day 8: Panama City

Today fly back to Panama City and overnight. (B)
Panama City
Day 9: Departure

Today you are transferred to the international airport for your onward flight. (B)

Tour Information

Tour Length: 9 days /8 nights
Departures: Daily 
Minimum Number of People: 2 based on Double Occupancy
Panama Encounter Includes:
  • All ground transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Excursions, activities, and entrance fees as noted in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide on excursions and activities
  • Information package with maps, vouchers and detailed itinerary

Panama Encounter Doesn’t Include:
  • International flight
  • Departure tax 
  • Domestic Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Pre- or post-tour accommodation
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Excursions, activities, and entrance fees not included in the itinerary
  • Gratuities to guides and driver
  • Personal items
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