05/10
Activity
14 Days / 13 Nights
Duration

Despite its small size, Panama is one of the most biodiverse places in the world with more plant species than in all of Europe. This academic tour gives you in-depth insights of the natural history and biodiversity of Panama by visiting tropical rainforests, cloud forests, wetlands, mangrove forests and volcanic mountain ranges.

Prices per person based upon a minimum of 12 participants.
 *** Prices upon request!
HIGHLIGHTS
   Metropolitan Natural Park & Biodiversity Museum
   Jungle Boat Expedition
   El Cope National Park
   Coiba National Marine Park
   Los Quetzales Trail
   Coffee in the Highlands
   Bocas del Toro Archipelago
   Wetlands of San-San Pond Sak
   Indigenous Chocolate Tour
PICK UP

At the Tocumen International Airport of Panama at the appropriate time for your international flight arrival. You will be returned for your departure flight.

WHAT TO WEAR

Comfortable hiking shoes and light leisure clothing, rain jacket/poncho, mosquito repellent and sunscreen. A hat, bathing suit and sunglasses are recommended.

INCLUDED
Meet and greet at the airport
13 nights of lodging + breakfast
Equipped specialist guide
Private transportation with A/C
Information kit
Breakfast on all days. L=lunch or D=dinner as stated in the itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED
 International airfares and taxes
 Domestic airfares and taxes
 Alcoholic beverages and meals not specified in the itinerary
 Optional activities
 Gratuities and departure tax at the airport
1

Welcome to Panama

2

Metropolitan Wildlife & Biodiversity Museum

Have a unique experience at the Metropolitan Natural Park observing the area´s diverse fauna and flora, enjoying extensive views of Panama City from the crane to view more than 60 species of trees and vines, as well as a great variety of fauna. Visit the Biodiversity Museum afterwards. (B, L)

3

Rainforest Discovery Center & Jungle Boat Tour

Visit the Rainforest Discovery Center to observe wildlife species in the morning hours before passing by monumental cargo ships transiting the waterway, as you make your way around rainforest covered islands to the top wildlife spots of the Gatun Lake. (B, L)
4

Hiking Cope National Park

Start your road trip to the west with a stopover at the Omar Torrijos National Park. Hike in the mystic cloudforest observing wildlife species before staying overnight in the park’s camp.  The forests in this park are among the most beautiful in Panama and offer superb bird watching opportunities. Some species found within this area include the golden-olive woodpecker, red-fronted parrot, immaculate antbird, white-throated shrike-tanager and redheaded barbet. (B, L, D)
5

Coiba Marine National Park

With the exception of the Galapagos and Isla del Coco, few places in the Americas are as exotic and biodiverse as this national park on Coiba Island. Due to its hard accessibility and the strict environmental protection, the island features pristine ecosystems, a unique fauna and spectacular underwater wildlife.(B, L, D)
6

Coiba Marine National Park

We will explore the primary and secondary rainforest-covered island visiting hot springs, get on a boat trip to the mangroves to spot water birds and look out for the American crocodile and snorkel the colorful coral reefs. (B, L, D)
7

Road trip into the Highlands

Continue the road trip on the Pan-American Highway to your hotel in the lush highlands of Boquete. (B)
8

Los Quetzales Trail

The famous Los Quetzales Trail is said to be one of Central America’s most scenic trails. Hike through the cloud forest covered highlands of Chiriqui and watch out for local and endemic species. (B, L)
9

Coffee in the Highlands

Learn about the complete process of making coffee- from the picking by the Ngöbe-Buglé Indians to the final cup of hot coffee in scenic surroundings. (B)
10

Crossing the Continental Divide

Today you will get on a scenic road trip by land and boat from Boquete to the Bocas Del Toro Archipelago. Pass through the Talamanca Continental Divide and enjoy the amazing landscapes of Panama’s highlands, while stopping for several wildlife hotspots on the way. (B)
11

Bocas del Toro Archipelago

Explore the area of Bastimientos National Marine Park and its mangroves and coral reefs by boat and snorkel, watching out for dolphins, reys, sharks, sea turtles and colorful fish. (B, L)

12

Indigenous Chocolate Tour

Visit an indigenous community and learn the complete process of making chocolate through making your own chocolate bar in traditional style. (B, L).
13

Wetlands of San-San Pond Sak

With an area of 16,125 hectares, it is a wetland of international importance and one of Panamas protected areas with the greatest diversity and one of the few known Central American habitats for manatees. Head out by boat through the river channels, watching out for wildlife before returning to Panama City in the afternoon. (B, L)
14

Departure

Los Quetzales Trail in Friendship International Park-670
Camino de Cruces Trail-451
Wildlife Observation in the Metropolitan Park Crane-679