Hotel Selection Panama City
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All tours are via private vehicle with a private driver and guide. Meals
included as per the tour description.
several ways to visit the Panama Canal. The closest and most convenient
are the Miraflores Locks right outside of Panama City. These are the
tallest in the system due to the extreme tidal variation in the Pacific
a tour operates that provides a partial canal transit through the Miraflores
and Pedro Miguel Locks and then cruises the famous Gailliard Cut, a
nine-mile excavation through Panama's backbone, to Lake Gatun. During
the transit you will have the opportunity to experience and hear explanations
of one of the modern wonders of the world. Arrive at Gamboa on Lake
Gatun and motorcoach transfer back to Panama City.
The Miraflores Locks, the
tallest in the system due to the extreme tidal variation in the
For those who want to experience the so-called
"eighth wonder of the world," but don't have much time, this
tour offers a short visit to the Miraflores Locks for observation of
transiting ships and complete information at the Miraflores Visitors
Center and its miniature mock-up of the Panama Canal
morning pick-up at your hotel and transfer to Dock 18, for a 7:30 AM
departure on board one of the ships that will transit the Panama Canal
starting with the Miraflores Locks (the tallest in the system due to
the extreme tidal variation in the Pacific Ocean). Then you will cruise
the famous Gailliard Cut, a nine-mile excavation through Panama's backbone,
through to Lake Gatun. During the transit you will have the opportunity
to experience and hear explanations of one of the modern wonders of
the world. Arrive at Gamboa on Lake Gatun and motorcoach transfer back
to Panama City, arriving Pier 19 at about 1:00 PM. Return transfer to
Lunch is not included
Tour is via motorcoach/boat with private hotel/pier transfers
Early morning pick-up at your hotel and transfer to Dock 18, for a 7:30 am departure on board one of the ships that will transit the Panama Canal starting with the Miraflores Locks, right, (the tallest in the system due to the extreme tidal variation in the Pacific Ocean). Then you will cruise the famous Gailliard Cut, a nine-mile excavation through Panama's backbone, through to Lake Gatun. Crossing the lake you will pass the Smithsonian Institute's Barro Colorado Island with its lush, beautiful jungle scenery. During the transit you will have the opportunity to experience and hear explanations of one of the modern wonders of the world. Arrive at Cristobal Port on the Caribbean side of the canal about 3:30 pm and motorcoach transfer back to Panama City, arriving Pier 19 at about 5:30 pm. Return transfer to your hotel.
fun trip is the train trip to Colon, called the Train & History
Tour. The Trans-Isthmian train was the first transcontinental train
in the world, running parallel to the Panama Canal. The train combines
luxury on board with extraordinary views along the Rainforest. The train
has an open car where visitors can enjoy a drink, and the passing scenery
of this historic route, alfresco. Visitors travel from Panama City
to Colón, from one ocean to another, in one hour, catching sight
of ships in the canal and the colorful life of Panamanian towns in addition
to the rainforest. Upon arrival at Colón visitors are escorted
to the historic Spanish settlement of Portobelo before returning to
Panama City. Portobelo introduces visitors to the adventure and intrigue
of the age of pirates and conquistadors. Visitors tour the forts and
newly restored customs building in addition to the local church, which
houses the famous "Black Christ."
the Spanish efforts to safeguard one of their treasure routes as exemplified
at Fort San Lorenzo, a stone fort built in the late 16th century. The
series of successive forts that were built at this spot, a high bluff
at the mouth at the Chagres River, were meant to protect the final leg
of the trail known as the Camino de Cruces. This was one of the trails
that the Spaniards had developed across the Panamanian isthmus to carry
South American loot back to Europe. En route you'll pass through Ft.
Sherman, until recently home of the U.S. military's jungle survival
school. This area, now a protected tract of evergreen rainforest, is
home to many bird, mammal, insect and plant species. You'll take a short
walk in this tropical reserve on an old gravel road and observe and
discuss some of this amazing diversity. You'll have lunch at the Hotel
Melia Panama Canal, and then proceed to view Gatún Dam, the largest
of the Panama Canal system. You will also take a look at the old French
canal, which was started in the 1880´s, as well as the third locks
excavation which was an aborted attempt by the U.S. government beginning
in 1938 to build a third lane for ships to enter the canal. From here
you go to the nearby Gatún Locks observation area, where you'll
have an impressive view of the Caribbean Sea 87 feet below Lake Gatún,
and you can see ships being lowered from lake to ocean level as well.
The careful observer can identify the crested guan
and great currosow, along with the motmot. There will be a pause for
lunch and a brief swim in one of the crystal clear pools of the beautiful
NOTE: This tour is moderately difficult with four
hours of hiking over variable terrain. It is recommended for older children
and adults who can handle occasionally rugged terrain. The tour lasts
about six hours total.
30 km. north of Panama City, is a small town on the east bank of the
Panama Canal, north of the Chagres River. In the early 1930s the Panama
Canal Company constructed Gamboa at the confluence of the Panama Canal
to house its Canal Maintenance (Dredging) Division. The facilities
are now closed and the buildings have been restored to accommodate
tourists who want to visit the 22,000-hectare Soberania National Park.
This is a protected area containing a wide variety of forest and freshwater
habitats, administered by Panama's National Authority for the Environment
(Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente, or ANAM). Day tours from Panama
City are available, most notably, the Pipeline Nature Trail, the Barro
Colorado and the Las Cruces Trails.
All tours are via private vehicle with a
private driver and guide. Meals included as per the tour description.
Visit the center of scientific tropical field studies,
Barro Colorado Island. This island and the surrounding Barro Colorado
Nature Monument is the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's primary
site for study of the lowland moist tropical forest. To reach the monument
you will travel a short distance in a comfortable boat from the resort
marina down the Chargres River to the Panama Canal. You will then travel
north past the scenic town of Gamboa, an important facility for the
operation of the Panama Canal, and parallel to the canal through Gatun
Lake. Lush tropical, vegetation and scenic vistas surround you on all
sides. This is a tour for people of all ages who will enjoy the forty-minute
boat ride and easywalk on moderate terrain in the rainforest. Be sure
to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to protect against insects.
Photographs should be taken with a flash.
Four-hour moderately strenuous hiking tour
with expert nature guide
This is a world-class birdwatching tour in the heart of the rainforest.
The Pipeline Road is an 11-kilometer, unpaved road that begins just
north of Gamboa and winds through the Soberania Park's most accessible
lowland monsoon rainforest. You will explore bird habitats next to a
winding stream, through mature forest slopes, and along a ridge top,
which will give maximum opptortunities for sightings. Commonly seen
birds include the black-tailed trogon, ringed kingfisher, long-tailed
woodcreeper, black-breasted puffbird, shining honeycreeper and several
species of the parrot family. This adventure is not difficult with three
hours of hiking over variable, mostly easy terrain. It is recommended
for birdwatchers and nature fans of all ages.
Six-hour moderately strenuous hiking tour
with expert nature guide & lunch
a unique hiking adventure in an old growth lowland tropical rainforest.
Cross the historic Charges River to the old town site of Las Cruces
and walk up the Casaya River, through the old growth tropical rainforest.
Cross the stream bed and walk along the forested ridge to the historic
Las Cruces trail and return to the old Las Cruces townsite. As you follow
the trail, stay alert for insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Capuchin
and howler monkeys can be seen, along with coatamundis, agoutis, and
pacas. A wide variety of forest birds are also in the area, including
several species of parrot sand toucans.
The journey starts with a two-hour
drive west from Panama City to Anton Valley (below). At 1200 feet above
sea level, The Anton Valley offers a number of attractions to visitors,
which you will visit: The
Square Trees petroglyphs, El Macho Waterfall, ecological areas, thermal
waters, and the town craft market shop which is crowded on Sundays by
everyone in the town. Lunch is included and then return to Panama City.
The journey starts with a two-hour
drive west from Panama City to Anton Valley. At 1200 feet above sea
level. The Anton Valley offers a number of attractions to visitors,
which you will visit: The Square Trees petroglyphs, El Macho Waterfall,
ecological areas, thermal waters, and the town craft market shop which
is crowded on Sundays by everyone in the town. Lunch is included, followed
by the "Three Trees Canopy Adventure," where you speed along
on a zipline between three platforms at the top of the rainforest canopy.