Tours and Hotels

Apart from their native Spanish, all our guides are fluent in English. Upon request, we can arrange a guide for you who speaks another language.

If not mentioned otherwise, all tours are private, with your just booking party participating and no one else.

EcoCircuitos offers a range of tours specifically for families. In general, many of our tours are suitable for children; many of hotels offer babysitter services, kids meals or cots upon request. If you are planning to travel with small children, ask us for specific family recommendations. Tours to the Darien area have a minimum age of 12 years. Click here for our family-friendly tours.

You definitely can. EcoCircuitos tours are tailor-made for the different needs of different travelers. Let us know how long you want to travel, what you want to do and where you would like to stay; we will assist you in developing a custom itinerary. You can also book additional hotel nights or opt for one of our various tour extension programs.

EcoCircuitos programs normally include breakfast, if not stated differently in our itinerary details. Lunch and dinner are only included as stated in our individual tour programs. Our full day tours usually include lunch, and breakfast is included in most hotel bookings. Some hotels, especially on the islands or in rural areas, offer all-inclusive concepts. Let us know about your preferences and check the description of our tour itineraries.

EcoCircuitos generally works with hotels following international standards. The exact type and classification of the hotels we use for your trip depends on your preferences and budget and will be organized upon your consent. In some remote regions of Panama, such as the San Blas Archipelago or in local communities, accommodations can be very simple. However, we always share and discuss details and conditions of lodging with you in advance and book your hotels only upon your consent.

In general, most of the hotels we use throughout Panama have WiFi which is included in the hotel rate already. Only in some special cases in remote areas, like the San Blas islands, hotels do not have access to WiFi. However, we always communicate those special conditions with you in advance and book hotels only upon your consent.

The standard tipping rate in Panama is around 10- 12%, which at times is included in the bill already. At some restaurants you should add the tip or “propina” to your total.

EcoCircuitos recommends the following guidelines for tipping our guides, drivers and staff in Panama:

  • Naturalist guide:  US$15.00 – US$20.00 per person per / day
  • Day tour guide:  US$10.00 per person per day
  • Transfer driver:  US$2.00 per person
  • Tour driver:  US$5.00 per person per day
  • Tour boat driver:  US$5.00 per person per day
  • Hotel bellman:  US$1.00 per person per piece of luggage

International airport bellmen:  US$1.00 per piece of luggage

By law all hotels in Panama have a non-smoking policy, which includes all hotel rooms and in-door facilities. Usually there is an outside area where smoking is allowed. Generally, smoking is not allowed in public buildings in Panama, including restaurants and bars.