TOURS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019
Contact person: Micaela Schmidt,
Pipeline Road & Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
US$105.00 (includes lunch)
Duration: 8 hours (6:30 am – 2:30 pm)
Soberanía National Park is one the most renowned areas in Central American for the observation of avifauna. The famous Pipeline Road offers excellent access to tropical rainforest and world class bird watching. Some of the most sought-after species to found here are the Great Jacamar and the Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo. At the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center visitors are delighted by the multitude of hummingbirds flocking to their visitors’ center. Those not afraid heights can climb the 40-meter tower, high above the canopy.
Ancient & Modern Panama City
US$100.00 (includes lunch)
Duration: 8 hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
This full day city tour explores the Ancient and Modern highlights of Panama City. These sites include the the UNESCO World Heritage areas of Panama Viejo and Casco Antiguo, downtown Panama City, the Canal Zone, and of course the famous Panama Canal and the Miraflores Locks Vistors Center.
Panama City Shopping Tour
Duration: 5 hours (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Due to the huge commercial impact of the Panama Canal and the presence of one of the world’s largest Free Trade Zones, Panama City is a shopping destination for all of Latin America. On this half day tour, one will visit the French Colonial section of Panama City, Casco Antiguo (UNESCO) where small shops, art and artisans abound. Next we head to Albrook Mall, the largest shopping mall in all of Central America!
Ancient & Modern Panama & Panama Viejo Shorebirding
US$100.00 (includes lunch)
Duration: 8 hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
This full day city tour explores the Ancient and Modern highlights of Panama City. These sites include the the UNESCO World Heritage areas of Panama Viejo and Casco Antiguo, downtown Panama City, and of course the famous Panama Canal and the Miraflores Locks Vistors Center. When the tide is just right we will make sure to be on the shores of Panama Viejo, a migratory stop for millions of shorebirds.
Contact person: Yara Ariza,
Canal and Old Quarters/ Casco Antiguo
Estimated time: 4 hours
Morning or afternoon tour – Approximately departure time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm Panama City is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and beautiful city, Capital of the Republic of Panama. It has been considered as one of the most important cities of the Americas. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Panama Canal Miraflores Visitor Center. You will be able to witness the magnificent Miraflores Locks and its operation. This tour will also include a visit to the Miraflores Locks Theater and Museum.
The next stop will be “Casco Viejo”, the Old Quarter, founded in 1673. This is one of the most attractive Spanish colonial destinations of the Americas and its historical district remains intact, with wide streets, colonial architecture and Caribbean style that invite participants to learn about the history and culture of Panama. Is also a great opportunity to shop different handcrafts made by the indigenous communities, souvenirs of cocobolo wood and the famous Panama hat.
Panama Canal, Miraflores Locks, IMAX, Old Quarters/Casco Antiguo
Estimated time: 5 hours
Morning or afternoon tour – Approximately departure time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
The Panama Canal, known as the 8th Wonder of the World, is a 50 mile (80 kms) ship channel that joins the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It is a key conduit for international maritime trade and one of the greatest works of engineering in history. The Miraflores Locks are one of three sets of locks, which work as water lifts, raising and lowering ships from sea level up to the Gatun Lake water level. There is a Visitor Center at Miraflores, with four floors of exhibits which include historic pieces, interactive modules, video presentations and models of the Panama Canal. Next to this Museum, it is the brand new IMAX building of the Panama Canal. Enjoy a unique 45 minutes film narrated by Morgan Freeman, which present the past, present and future of one of the most magnificent projects of all times, The Panama Canal. The next stop will be “Casco Viejo”, the Old Quarter, founded in 1673. This is one of the most attractive Spanish colonial destinations of the Americas and its historical district remains intact, with wide streets, colonial architecture and Caribbean style that invite participants to learn about the history and culture of Panama. Is also a great opportunity to shop different handcrafts made by the indigenous communities, souvenirs of cocobolo wood and the famous Panama hat.
Biomuseo and Handricrafts Market
EStimated time: 4 hours
Morning or afternoon tour – Approximately departure 2:00 pm
The tour starts with a visit to the “Amador Causeway”, a group of three islands linked to the main land by the breakwaters of the Panama Canal.
At the Amador Causeway we will visit the Bio Museum (or Museum of Biodiversity). This world class museum with its stunning multicolored structure was designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry, being his only work in Latin America. The building was designed to tell the story of how the Isthmus of Panama arose from the sea 15 million years ago, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet’s biodiversity forever.
After this, we will visit the Handicrafts Market, where you will have the opportunity to appreciate and buy the works of Panamanian artisans to remember your visit in our country.
Experience Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
US$165.00 (include lunch)
Estimate time: 7.5 hours,
Approximate time on boat: 45 – 60 min
Morning tour - Approximately departure time: 8:00 am
After a 45 minutes bus ride through the Rainforest we will arrive at the gorgeous Gamboa Rainforest Resort, located in the Soberania National Park. This area has been designed for you to do as much or as little as you like as you explore the many treasures of the Panamanian rainforest. Once there, we will experience nature in a whole different way.
A boat tour will take you through the Panama Canal into secret waterways to find islands where white-faced Capuchin monkeys and Howler monkeys can be seen leaping in the trees above. Occasionally, they become curious of visitors and venture down to take a closer look. The boat ride passes through the Gatun Lake of the Panama Canal, giving you the chance to see the different vessels during their transits through the Canal.
Afterwards you will take the Aerial Tram through the rainforest and ascend approximately 280 feet from the shadowy forest floor, through the dense undergrowth and up to the sun drenched canopy with its thousand shades of green that are only interrupted by the vibrant colours of flowering trees. Once at the top, you will have the opportunity to walk up our Observation Tower (also accessible for wheelchairs) from where you will have an uninterrupted view of the vast rainforest of the Soberania National Park while at the same time watch the vessels manoeuvre through the Galliard Cut (the narrowest part of the Panama Canal).
We will end up this tour by visiting the ecologicla exhibitions, in which you will mee the sloth santuary, butterfly garden, frog exhibition. This tour includes lunch at the Caiman restaurant located in the Gamboa Marina.
Emberá Indigenous Community
Minimun: 10 pax
Estimated time: 7.5 hours
Approximate time on canoe: 15 min Morning tour - Approximately departure time: 8:00 am
Our adventure begins with a trip on the river in "piragua", the traditional Embera hand-carved boats. Upon arrival at the village you will travel in time when they are immersed in the ancient traditional Embera dance and music that keep hundreds of years ago. Indigenous invite visitors to explore the area in abundant variety of birds and wildlife, showing the pristine landscape they inhabit.
The Embera women are known as one of the finest manufacturers of baskets and you can watch them create these beautiful objects made from palm fibers stained with dyes from nature.
They will also have the opportunity to paint their bodies with ink made from natural fruit called Jagua, used by the Indians for decorations in your body besides for its health properties. Before returning to civilization, indigenous offer a traditional meal of fresh fish with banana and you will have the opportunity to buy some of his original artwork.
San Blas Beach Day
US$220.00 (include lunch and boats transportations)
Minimun: 10 pax
Estimated time: 12 hours
Morning tour - Approximately departure time: 5:00 am
Approximate time on canoe: 35 min
(Does not include US$20 pp – indigenous taxes)
The Archipelago of San Blas (also known as the Mulatas Archipelago) seduces by being rustic and austere, by the beauty of its beaches and its magical simplicity. This Panamanian jewel has 365 islands, most of them uninhabited. A few others (around 40) are managed by indigenous Guna people, members of the GunaYala comarca, who inhabit this area of almost 200 kilometers, located on the Panamanian north coast.
We will embark on a rocky and curvilinear trip of two and a half hours, from Panama City, aboard a 4x4 truck, to the port where we will embark on the lake that will take us to our destination island.
While the boat advances, in the width of the sea you can see the small indigenous populations that live in huts made with straw and pencas; its brightly colored molas and canoes resting in the water.
Canopy Tower, Plantation Road and Summit Ponds
US$240.75 (includes transportation and lunch)
Maximum: 10 pax
Estimated time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact person: Elba Pan,
Full day visit to the famous Canopy Tower where we will explore the tropical forests of Semaphore Hill and Plantation Road in the Soberanía National Park and Summit Ponds, in search of fascinating birds representative of the Pacific lowlands of Panama, in addition to mammals frogs, insects, trees and plants.
The Canopy Tower is a historic military installation built in 1965 by the United States Air Force to house a powerful radar used in the defense of the Panama Canal. In 1988, the radar tower was used by the United States government to detect planes suspected of transporting drugs from South America, a job it did until 1995, when it closed and became empty, waiting for better days. In November 1996, the radar tower and the Semaphore Hill site, which consists of approximately 35 acres of rainforest within Soberanía National Park, were transferred to Panama in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties. In 1997, the government of Panama signed a concession contract with Mr. Raúl Arias de Para to transform the site into an observation and ecotourism center in Panama. In 1999, the Canopy Tower was inaugurated, becoming shortly thereafter one of the best bird watching destinations in the world.