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Cultural Panama Experience

6 - 9 Days
TYPOLOGIES

Cultural

+ 1
DIFFICULTY

Low

MIN. AGE

3 Years

Inside Panama Tour

Cultural Panama Experience

Day 1 – Panama City (D)

On your arrival to Panama City, you will be met by an Inside Panama Tours representative and transferred to Aloft Hotel. Dinner at Hotel.

Day 2 – Panama City & Casco Antiguo (B, L, D)

Today our adventure will start at 08:00 AM on a Full Day City Tour.

First we’ll visit The Miraflores Visitor Center, where visitors have the opportunity 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.
Then we’ll tour around the modern city and then we’ll continue to the Casco Antiguo and enjoy walking along alleys and colonial buildings, ruins and streets of stone, and museums and antique churches, where three styles of construction are combined: Spanish, French, and Italian. Lunch included during the tour.
If the Panama Canal is open, we’ll include a visit.
Back to our Hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3 – Embera Indian Village Tour (B, BL, D)

You’ll be picked up at the Hotel at 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 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 an 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 indigenous 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 Embera use to adorn their bodies.
We will have lunch (fish & fried green plantain) prepared by the Embera 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 repellent, 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.

Day 4 – Las Veraneras & Azuero Peninsula (B, L,D)

Today we will leave for the Azuero Penisnula, which is located just north of the center of Panama along the Pacific coast of the country; but first we will make a stop at Playa Santa Clara, located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, where we will enjoy the sun and the breeze for a few hours, as well as enjoying delicious dishes. While at the beach, you can enjoy spending a pleasant time at the oceanfront ranches.

Then we’ll continue our journey to Azuero. Overnigt at Chitre for the next 2
nights.

Day 5 – Cutarras Experience & Artisan Mask Tour (B, L, D).

The Cutarra Experience is an initiative to promote cultural tourism. From the Pre - Hispanic era in Panama the cutarra is manufactured by hand, which over the years became the footwear of the rural workers of the interior of the country, who originally used it for the daily work in the field.
The experience includes making the cutarra for each participant and enjoying a delicious "Sancocho" (chicken soup), a typical dish.

After this great experience, we’ll continue to a workshop of a craftsman of “Máscaras de Diablicos” (Devil masks). The Diablicos Sucios (The dirty devils) are typical characters who perform one of the most popular dances in the country. They appear during popular festivals, their dances and colorful costumes roam the streets, along with various dances.

Back to our Hotel.

Day 6 – The Pollera & Culinary Experience + returm to Panama City (B, L, D).

Today we’ll visit an artisan who makes the Panamanian Pollera, considered the most beautiful typical costume in the world.
Today's lunch will be prepared by you with your hosts; Yes, you read that correctly, it will be quite an experience to help your hosts prepare a delicious typical Panamanian lunch!

After this great experience, we’ll travel back to our Panama city Hotel.

Day 7 – Gamboa Experience (B, L, D).

Our special package, gives you the opportunity to experience the rainforest both by water, with a Gatun Lake expedition, and by air, flying over the treetops riding the Aerial Tram. Also, you can visit a Nature Lab and learn from first hand about frogs, butterflies and orchids, or the Sloth Sanctuary and meet the sloths who lived there while they are rehabilitated to be release back in the wild.

Highlights / General details
Nature
Boat tour
Aerial tram

Inclusions
Guided Tour
Lunch

Tonight we’ll have a Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8 – Departure (B)

Transfer to Int’l Airport

TOUR DATES

  • SEPTEMBER 5-12, 2021
  • SEPTEMBER 19-26, 2021
  • OCTOBER 3-10, 2021
  • OCTOBER 17-24, 2021
  • NOVEMBER 14-21, 2021
  • DECEMBER 12-19, 2021

Important Notes:

 

My Tour Price Includes

All lodging, meals as specified on the itinerary (B= breakfast, L= lunch, BL= box lunch, D=dinner), private transportation on a/c buse, driver, guides; entrance fees where needed.

 

My Tour Price Does Not Include

International airfare, departure taxes ($40 per person), meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, tips, extras in hotels (laundry, telephone calls, room service, etc.), COVID tests.

 

Gratuities

Tips to the tour guide, driver, and hotel maids are not included. Tips are included to local guides, All tours include tips to restaurant waiters for included meals.