Swashbucklers, a river of gold, and the world’s greatest man-made ditch. Cross the Isthmus of Panamá in search of adventure—the Darién Jungle, colonial history, wildlife, and a Panamá Canal transit.
DURATION: 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
EMBARKATION: PANAMA CITY
DISEMBARKATION: PANAMA CITY
SHIP: MV SAFARI VOYAGER
- Included one-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Panamá City
- Transit the Panamá Canal
- Kayak, paddle board, and snorkel among Las Perlas and the Guna Yala islands
- Exchanges with Guna and Emberá villagers
- Explore historic Fort San Lorenzo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Marine life search in the Gulf of Panamá
- Wildlife viewing in Darién Jungle by motorized dugout canoe and on hikes
- Bird watching along the Chagres River
DAY 1 – Panamá City, Panamá
You’ll be warmly greeted at the airport upon your arrival and transferred to the Bristol Hotel for your overnight stay. Unwind from your day of travel enjoying the hotel’s amenities, or stretch your legs on a walk to nearby city sites and attractions.
DAY 2 – Panamá City / Colón, Panamá – EmbarkationEnjoy a morning of leisure at your boutique hotel or explore nearby city markets and cafés. Later, rendezvous with your shipmates in our hospitality area and then cross the peninsula overland to Colón as you transfer to the Safari Voyager for a hearty welcome from your captain and crew.
DAY 3 – Guna Yala
Home to one of the best preserved Native cultures in the Americas, the indigenous province of Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands) encompasses over 360 islands of white sand beaches backed by palm trees and dotted with thatched-roofs. Discover the remarkable heritage of the Guna (or Kuna)—don’t pass on a chance to buy their colorful handcrafted “molas.” Enjoy the natural wonders of these islands with a snorkel in the crystalline Caribbean waters.
DAY 4 – Guna Yala
Another beautiful day awaits in Guna Yala. Slow the pace lazily lounging on a beach or taking an easy stroll in the sand with views of the brilliant sea. Snorkel, paddle board, or kayak among these picture-perfect islands.
DAY 5 – Chagres River / Panamá Canal
Once the “world’s most valuable” river and Panamá’s largest, the Chagres was the route by which Incan gold was transported in Colonial times, and today, is a vital artery of the canal. Walk among the battlements and canons of Fort San Lorenzo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. And if conditions allow, see the wild side of the river by skiff, paddle board, and kayak. Hundreds of avian species live in this migration hot-spot—ground cuckoos, crested eagles, trogons, toucans, white hawks, with their “neighbor” monkeys, wild pigs, white tailed deer, and other wildlife. Later, prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting between two seas along the 48-mile marvel, the Panamá Canal. (Canal transit time varies depending on when the lock authority gives the final go ahead for late afternoon or evening).
DAY 6 – Pearl Islands Archipelago
Golden sand meets topaz-colored water, and beaches make way for lush vegetation and rocky volcanic outcroppings on the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of Las Perlas—the Pearl Islands. Almost entirely uninhabited, the islands are host to a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Mid-summer through early-fall, the archipelago is frequented by dolphins and humpbacks—so keep your eyes peeled for acrobatic spinning and telltale blow spouts. Select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape.
DAY 7 – Darién Jungle
Untouched and untamed, the Darién Jungle is nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for early conquistadors 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe, your expedition guide will help you spot wildlife—astonishingly-colored roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons can be seen fishing for breakfast from the water’s edge. After welcoming formalities at a local Emberá village, they’ll share their customs and stories, and you’ll have an opportunity to buy handicrafts from the villagers, including their highly-prized and intricately woven rainforest baskets.
DAY 8 – Darién Jungle / Marine Life Search
Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot, part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America. Then set sail in search of wildlife, keeping watch for bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, smaller shark species, and early in the season for migration, whales. This festive evening includes a special farewell dinner and celebratory slideshow from your expedition team.
DAY 9 – Panamá City – Disembarkation
After an early breakfast, bid adios to your crew. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home or explore more of Panama.
Group transfers from the airport to the ship on day of embarkation; Group transfer to airport or central location upon; All scheduled landings/excursions; All lectures and briefings onboard; All meals served aboard; Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily; All port fees; Pre-departure materials.
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE
Visa and passport fees (if applicable); Airfare; Luggage, trip cancellation and Emergency Evacuation Insurance; Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges; Staff gratuities; fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings; Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
PURE PANAMÁ: CULTURES, COASTS & CANAL - 2017-18
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