This is the perfect itinerary for nature lovers with a short amount of time to explore the beautiful country! Experience the contrasts of Panama with this extraordinary package that combines historical tours, the amazing rain forest of the Soberania National Park, kayaking in the Panama Canal watershed and the Panama Canal. This tour includes the historical and natural areas of Panama City and a visit the world-famous Panama Canal, whose impressive system of locks continues to fascinate visitors.
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Today at the appropriate time our representative will meet you at the Tocumen International Airport to assist you and transfer you to your hotel located in Panama City. At this time you will also receive an information kit that will provide you with all the details for your stay in Panama.
Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton. Standard Room.
(Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D)
You will visit the ruins of Old Panama, climb up the Cathedral tower, visit the Old Panama Museum and then continue to Casco Antiguo (the old city compound), which dates from the late 1600’s. Casco Antiguo is home to monuments to Ferdinand de Lesseps and other Frenchmen instrumental in the ill-‐ fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through Panama. The full day tour continues with a visit to the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal where large ships can be seen transiting the canal. Enjoy a presentation by the Panama Canal Authority on the history of the Panama Canal and marvel at the workings of this feat of human engineering. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. The tour then continues to the Panama Canal area, including the town of Balboa, formerly part of the Panama Canal Zone. Late afternoon you will return to your hotel in Panama City.
Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton. Standard Room (B, L)
As you begin your journey into the Panama Canal Watershed you will leave the Panama City limits and enter in to the Soberania National Park, building will slowly be replaced by secondary and primary rain forest, and you will pass the former Fort Clayton, Miraflores Locks before entering the Park. Keep your eyes open for toucans, sloths and other animals as they awake with the morning sun. Seated at water level in your kayak will give you an interesting perspective of the Panama Canal in action. The guide will lead you to places of special interest, while educating you about the flora and fauna of the area.
After the tour transfer to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort for check in and overnight for 3 nights.
Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Standard room (B)
You will transit the Miraflores Locks where the vessel will ascend 54 feet in two distinct steps. Then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks. Next, the vessel will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel will be raised the last 27 feet to get into the Gatun Lake. Shortly after, you will go under the Centennial Bridge, making your way to the Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. During your transit through Gatun Lake you will pass the Smithsonian Research Station, Barro Colorado. Depending if your transit is northbound you will return to Flamanco Marina by motor coach and if it is southbound you will board a motor coach ride is approximately 45 minutes.
The tour takes approximately 5 hours and includes a bilingual guide /narrator ,full lunch, soft drinks and water (all you can drink ), transportation by bus from Panama City to Gamboaw here the tour starts.
Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Standard Room (B)
Free day to relax and enjoy the area, optional tours are available upon request. Some options are: Trekking in Cope National Park, Jungle Boat and hiking tour, Hiking the Soberania National Park, The Chagres National Park and visit to the Embera community, Canopy Adventure and Zip Line, Hiking the Pirate trail and visit San Lorenzo UNESCO world heritage site.
Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Standard Room (B)
At the appropriate time, you will be transfer from your hotel to Tocumen International Airport. You need to arrive to the airport approximately 2 hours before your international flight. You will be picked up at your hotel 3 to 4 hours prior to your departure time.
*Tours are not private
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What To Bring
The most important things to bring are your travel documents: a valid passport, flight and hotel information, health insurance card and driver’s license (if you plan on renting a car in Costa Rica). We advise you to make three copies of these documents. Put one copy in your carry-on bag, one copy in your suitcase and leave one copy at home.
Basic Tropical forests, colorful wildlife and spectacular beaches are part of daily life in Costa Rica. The climate varies depending on where you are, so pack accordingly.
Rate per person from: US$ 1105,00
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