Panama Culture Tour

TYPOLOGIES

History

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DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

10 Years

CONTACT

Amazing Experience

Come and join us in learning about Panama culture and history.

How diverse its culture is. We’ll visit the ruins of Old Panama, the Colonial area, the Canal, and an indigenous village.

Day 1 – Our Travel to Panama City

On your arrival to Panama City, you will be met by an Inside Panama Tours representative and transferred to your hotel in Panama City.

Day 2 – Panama Full Day tour & Miraflores Locks Panama Canal (B, L)

Today our adventure will start at 09:00 AM

The second day of our Panama Culture Tour. We’ll start our tour visiting the ruins of The Old Town Panama, which was the first city built on the Pacific Ocean shore in 1519 by Pedro Arias Davila, a Spanish Governor, and then destroyed in 1671 by the greed of pirate Henry Morgan who set it on fire.

Then we’ll head about 8 kilometers and reach 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.

A stop at the folk art market at the old YMCA building will be our following stop, just before having lunch at a Panamanian restaurant. After lunch, we’ll reach our final destination of the day, The Miraflores Visitor Center, where visitors have the opportunity to observe transiting vessels from a distance of only a few meters and learn firsthand 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.

Back to our Hotel.

Day 3 – Panama Culture Tour (Embera Indian Village Tour) (B, L)

You’ll be picked up at the Hotel at 9 AM 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.

Back to our Hotel.

Day 4 – Anton Valley (B, L)

Pick up time at hotel lobby 9 am

Located only two hours from Panama City via the Pan-American 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 waterfall, the petroglyphs, El Nispero plant nursery and zoo, the thermal water wells, and the great craft market.

Back to our Hotel.

Day 5 – Day Tour to Portobelo (B, L, D)

Pick up at 6 AM at Hotel

We’ll start our journey on the transcontinental train for a historical ride alongside the Panama Canal transit. 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.

Once in Portobelo, the Panama culture tour recommends the home of the Black Christ, we’ll see it’s 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.

Back to our Hotel.

Day 6 – Visit Panama | Departure (B)

Included: all lodging, meals as specified on the itinerary (B= breakfast, L= lunch, BL= box lunch, D=dinner), private transportation on a/c minivan, driver-guide; entrance fees where needed.

Not included: 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.)

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