Metro Park

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Only 10 minutes from downtown Panama City, Metro Park is the only Tropical Forest Park within a metropolitan area in Latin America.

The park has a surface of 265 hectares (655 acres), and here you will find many birds, butterflies and small mammals and reptiles.

Metropolitan Natural Park Attractions:
Los Trinos lookout point: ideal for bird observation is located in the Mono Titi Road. Here you will be able to enjoy the melody of a great variety of birds that inhabit the park.

Cedar Hill lookout point 66: located at 140 meters above sea level, from here you will see the Dorado hopping area, Clayton Hospital, and the two National Parks that are connected to the MNP.

Cedar Hill lookout point: the park’s highest point located at 150 meters above sea level. You can observe the islands of Naos, Flamenco, Taboguilla and Taboga Island. You can also observe the Panama Canal entrance on the Pacific side, the Americas Bridge and Ancon Hill.

Includes: Transportation, English- Speaking tour guide, entrance fees & snacks. Lunch is NOT included.

What to bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, binoculars

Duration: 5 hours

Portobelo

Pick up at 9 AM at Hotel

Portobelo, home of the Black Christ, is a town full of history and legends. It became one of the most important points in the transfer of gold and silver because of its system of fairs and galleons and its long harbor and forts built to protect the growing town.

Portobelo introduces visitors to the adventure and intrigue of the age of pirates and conquistadors. Visitors tour the forts and newly restored customs building in addition to the local church, which houses the famous “Black Christ”.
Return by van or …

++ Optional – (Train runs during week days, NOT weekends) ADD $35 P/P

On the way back, you will board the transcontinental train for a historical ride alongside the Panama Canal. This 8th wonder of the world is famous for its breathtaking beauty and drama of its construction.

Originally completed in 1855, The Panama Railroad became the first transcontinental railroad. The French Panama Canal Company purchased the railroad in 1880 to assist in their attempt to build the Panama Canal. In 1904, the United States purchased the New Panama Canal Company’s assets from the French, including the railroad. The United States rebuilt and operated the railroad until 1979, when it was transferred to Panama under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty. In 1998, Panama privatized the railroad and awarded a 50-year concession to the Panama Canal Company, a joint venture of Kansas City Southern and Mi-Jack Products, to rebuild and operate the line. The new “reborn” railroad began operations in 2000. The visual charms of this train ride will make this an unforgettable trip.

Includes: Transportation, English- Speaking tour guide, lunch, entrance fees.

What to bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, camera.

Duration: 8 hours.

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Embera Indian Community

You’ll be pick up at the Hotel around 8AM and transferred to El Corotu on the shores of the Madden Lake, which is the main reservoir of drinking water for the cities of Panama and Colon, as well as a supplier of a 40% of the water required for the operation of the Panama Canal.

Here, we board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to a Embera indigenous village.

The boat journey takes us through the rainforest of the 320,000 acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Once at the indian community, we’ll learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature.

There will be handcrafts available for sale and we’ll have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the indians use to adorn their bodies.

We will have lunch (fish & fried green plantain) prepared by the indians and then we’ll visit the nearby waterfall where we can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Chagres River.

Be sure to bring: camera, cap or hat, sunscreen lotion, insect repellant, light clothing (extra t-shirt and shorts), light raincoat, good traction footwear, bathing suit and towel.

Note: Cash in small denominations is suggested if interested in purchasing handicrafts.

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Anton Valley

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Located only two hours from Panama City via the Panamerican highway, Anton Valley rises 600 meters above sea level with a fresh and agreeable climate.

Here you can spend a day enjoying productive ecological activities such as: visiting El Macho water fall and Canopy Adventure* (optional), the petroglyphs, El Nispero plant nursery and zoo, the thermal waters wells and, if it’s a Sunday, the great craft market.

*Canopy Adventure: (optional) offers the intrepid tourist the opportunity to ascned to the top of the trees and observe a rain forest from a perspective previously available only to a select few researches and photographers.

This is accomplished by modifying techniques originally developed by “spelunkers” (cavers) and canyon rappelers.

Includes: Transportation, English- Speaking tour guide, entrance fees.

Lunch is NOT included

What to bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, camera.

Duration: 8 hours.

Panama City Tours – Full Day or Half Day City Tour

9:00 A.M. Pick up at your Hotel Lobby.

Today you will have the opportunity to get to know the Isthmus that once was explored by Christopher Columbus and Vasco Nuñez de Balboa.

Panama City is well known as the principal shipping point to and from South and Central America in colonial days.

Our first stop will be at Old Panama, where the remaining ruins are the vestiges of the city left by Pirate Henry Morgan, who sacked the town in 1671.

Then we’ll continue to visit the second colonial city of Panama, Casco Viejo, which was built in 1673. Here we will walk the French Plaza and surrounding area. The architecture here includes colonial styles of the French, Italian, American and Spanish.

You will also visit one of the greatest engineering marvels of all time: The Panama Canal.

At the Canal we’ll spend some time at the Miraflores Visitor Center, located on the east side of the Miraflores Locks, which allows the visitor to observe transiting vessels from a distance of only a few meters and learn first hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its watershed.

Includes: Transportation, English – Speaking tour guide, entrance fees to Miraflores Locks & Old Panama.

Lunch is NOT included.

Entrance fee to Old Panama is included on Full Day Tour.

What to bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, camera.

Duration: Half day driving tours are 4 hours.

Full day tours are about 6 hours and include a stop for lunch.

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