Spend a few days touring around Panama City, then visit the highlands/coffee area for a couple nights, and end up in newly opened, magnificent Isla Palenque in the Pacific Ocean in Chiriquí, a destination in itself.
Destinations and highlights: Panama City, Boquete and Chiriqui area.
Upon arrival at the International Airport in Panama City our driver will welcome you and will transfer you to your hotel located in the historic and charming district of “Casco Antiguo”. Time at leisure to wander the streets of the area and enjoy the nightlife.
Overnight at Hotel Central 4* for 3 nights – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: None
Morning visit to Miraflores locks, see the vessels passing the Panama Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. See ships getting lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. Complete the tour by visiting the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores and learn the history of the canal and its enormous importance for the worldwide trade commerce.
Next, visit the Amador Causeway, connecting three islands in the Pacific Ocean with incredible views of Panama City and the Canal; continue to the Casco Viejo. Feel set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, narrow roads and the impressive churches. End this amazing cultural experience visiting the Panama Vieja, the first European settlement on the Pacific Coast for the Americans, looted and destroyed in 1671 by the buccaneer Henry Morgan. Nowadays the ruins still remain. Note: Panama Vieja is not open on Monday.
Overnight at Hotel Central 4* – Meals: B
Early morning pick up and travel south on a bumpy road in direction to the Darien area surrounded by nature and scenic beauty. Arrival at the Gartí Tupile dock, enjoy a 20-minute boat ride to the Franklin Island passing the Tupile Islands which are inhabited by most of the Kuna population. Once in the island you will enjoy the white sand beaches, clear waters and spectacular coral reefs. Also enjoy lunch prepared by the Indian tribe and if interested you can do some snorkel, sunbathing or just enjoy the beauty pristine of the San Blas Islands from a hammock.
Overnight at Hotel Central 4* – Meals: B & L
Morning transfer to the domestic airport in Panama City to fly to David. Upon arrival our representative will pick you up and bring you to Boquete, a small and charming mountain village known to produce some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in all of Panama. Continue to Finca Lerida, a lodge located in midst of a Coffee Plantation about 15 minutes drive to Boquete town.
Accommodation at the beautiful Finca Lerida Boutique Hotel 3* sup for 2 nights, 1 Honey Mountain room. Meals: B
The highlands of Boquete are sometimes referred to as the Napa Valley of coffee and is no wonder as Panama produces shade-grown coffee that is generally considered to be more distinctive and complex than its more famous neighbor, Costa Rica. On this coffee plantation tour, you will discover the cultivation and process of the coffee bean, the local Ngöbe-Buglé labor and culture, how the “shade-grown” theory aims to protect the environment, and much more. The tour includes a coffee cupping, which allows you the opportunity to try different coffee strengths, flavors, and roasts.
Overnight at Finca Lerida Boutique Hotel 3* sup – Meals: B
Morning ground transfer on the road for approximately 2 hours to Boca Chica. On arrival, you will take a boat to Isla Palenque Private Island Resort, an undiscovered private island sanctuary. The island’s 160 hectares of lush jungle are framed by 7 untouched beaches, and house a number of wilderness trails and hidden spaces…
Overnight at Isla Palenque Lodge 4* – 1 Beachfront Casita. Meals: B, L & D
Day at leisure in this intimate Resort. Enjoy the unique rainforest and atmosphere provided the island experience. You may discover its 7 accessible private beaches and enjoy the surroundings using complementary kayaks and paddle boards. A selection of guided “In-House” Island Tours are also included in rates. (Tours schedules depend on tides and weather).
Overnight at Isla Palenque Lodge 4* – Meals: B, L & D
Morning at leisure at Isla Palenque. Early afternoon boat transfer back to Boca Chica and ground transfer to the airport in David for your domestic flight back to Panama City. On arrival you have some time at leisure in the city.
Overnight at Hotel Central 4* – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B
Today we transfer you to the Airport. You may continue your trip to other destinations in Panama, Costa Rica or fly back home.
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