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Day 1
Arrival to Panama

Upon arrival to Panama the group will be met in the Tocumen International airport by your guide and escorted to your accommodations at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.  Nestled among the vast Soberania National Park Rainforest, on the banks of the Chagres River and Panama Canal, is this stunningly beautiful luxury hotel and resort.  This evening we will host a “Get Acquainted” event with food, drinks, and a briefing of what’s in store for the next week.

Day 2
Chagres River and Emberá Indians

This is a perfect opportunity to visit an indigenous village in the midst of a wonderful natural setting that supports the harmony of their lifestyle and traditions. Early in the morning guests are picked up at their hotel and transferred to Port El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake, the main reservoir of drinking water for the cities of Panama and Colon. Madden Lake also supplies 40% of the water required for the operation of the Panama Canal. Here, we board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to the Embera indigenous village of Embera Drua or Tusipono.  The boat journey takes us through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed.

At the Embera village we will be greeted with dancing and music. We will learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handcrafts available for sale and we will have a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a lunch of fish , plantain, and fresh fruit served in traditional style by the Embera, we visit the nearby waterfall where we can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Chagres River before heading back to Gamboa.

Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 3
White Water Rafting

First thing in the morning we’ll board a plane for the short flight to the Chiriqui highlands where we’ll embrace the mild climate of this beautiful mountainous region surrounded by cloud forest and coffee fincas. 

The Chiriqui province has the tallest mountains in Panama and some of the countries longest rivers including the Rio Chiriqui and the Chiriqui Veijo.  Whitewater rafting on these rivers is exhilarating and world renown for easily accessible, non-stop, Class III-IV rapids.  The steep canyons and thick jungle provide a breathtaking setting for the adrenalin packed trip.  Along the way we’ll stop and swim in the many swimming holes and at mid-day enjoy a riverside picnic lunch. 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Day 4
Boquete Tree Trek and Bocas Del Toro

This morning we’ll take the skies using the same technology that botanists and naturalists utilize to observe and study the behaviors of wildlife in their natural habitat.  Gliding through the treetops of century-old forests, this vantage allows one to view the natural landscape with its pristine rivers and waterfalls from a different perspective as we move through the canopy bordering La Amistad National Park and Volcan Baru.

After a lunch prepared with fresh, organic, local ingredients we'll make the scenic drive over the Talamanca mountain range from Chiriqui to the province of Bocas Del Toro where along the way we’ll visit the Ngobe indigenous village of Silico Creek.  Here we’ll see how the organic cocoa is grown and processed into chocolate.  Once we reach the town of Almirante on the shores of the Caribbean we’ll take a boat ride from mainland Panama to the archipelago of Bocas Del Toro. 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Day 5 & 6
Surfing Lessons  (Dec – Sept)

Discover your surfing potential with two full days of classes.  Spend one full day learning the fundamentals such as paddling and catching waves, basic surf awareness, and how to stand up.  The following day you will spend developing an understanding of the ocean, improving board control, and catching better waves for longer rides.

Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 7
Snorkeling / Panama

This morning we head out to explore the underwater world of Bocas Del Toro.  This archipelago contains some of the most beautiful coral reef ecosystems on the planet teaming with colors, shapes, and life. Vibrant sponges, fish, and sea creatures are the hidden treasures to be found in this area.  After lunch at Yarisnori Restaurant in Boca Del Drago, we will make our way back to hotel for a quick shower and to get ready for our afternoon flight back to Panama City.

Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 8
Panama Departure

Today we’ll say “hasta luego” to this enchanting country and return home, where you’ll be eager to share your incredible Panama adventure and wildlife experiences.

Meals Included: B

Each departure itinerary may vary slightly. Although the day in which a stop is listed may differ, you will enjoy the same experiences listed here.

Traveling with teens is a great experience when the activities in the itinerary suit the interests of the entire family.   This Panama Adventure was designed with teens in mind with activities to keep the whole family engaged. 

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