Arrival at Tocumen International Airport. Reception by the staff of Hover Tours International Corp. Transfer to City Hotel. Assistance with Check in. Our Guide will explain every detail of the program point by point, as well as give you a mobile number where you can be in communication with our Operations colleagues 24 hours a day. Overnight
Early in the morning, our representative will pick you up at the hotel to visit Portobelo, where we will be able to appreciate a large part of the old fortification and in the same way part of the bay or entrance invaded on several occasions by pirates and corsairs, among which we can mention one of the most prominent, Henry Morgan. We will visit the Famous Castle or Fort Santiago de la Gloria, which is one of the first forts ever built by the Spanish for the protection and shelter of the gold and silver that crossed the Panamanian isthmus. After that, a tour of the famous customs building is made, whose main purpose was to serve as a collection center for the profits and commercialization resulting from the great fairs, exchanges, that arose in that location and that could last until 40 days, being one of the most important cities in America for everything it involved.
After this historical excursion, we continue with the visit to one of the indigenous communities located in the Chagres National Park. Upon arrival, we will board the famous “pirogues or canoes” which are traditional Emberá boats, carved from wood from a single tree trunk. At the end of the journey we see the village "Emberá Querá" which means Embera Perfume, where our cordial hosts await us.
From this moment, we will enjoy their music, dances, we will learn about their culture, traditions and we will tour the town to visit their usual residences and the "Chaman" or healer of the tribe, will speak to us about the healing power of the plants of the jungle. Arriving at lunch time, we will taste fish (product of the catch of the day), fried green banana and fruits. The Emberá are excellent artisans, detailed and dedicated and if we want to carry the memory on our skin, a natural "tatto" is our option. The indigenous will paint it with a black ink product of the "Jagua", seed of a local palm
Breakfast and check out. Today they will receive the rental car, which will accompany them for the next few days. You will be met at the hotel to embark on your own driving adventure in Panama. Your starting point will be the famous Bridge of the Americas, from there drive on the Pan-American Highway along the Pacific Ocean.
Once at your hotel, check in and spend the night.
Considered by many "the cultural heart of Panama", the inhabitants of the Azuero Peninsula live their traditions, their folklore with great pride and express it in their daily lives throughout the year. On this tour you will observe in detail the making of the pollera, one of the most beautiful typical costumes in the world, visiting artisans who have dedicated their entire lives to making the dress. You will also visit the workshops of two local artisans dedicated to Panamanian folklore: One who makes the diablicos masks used for the Diablicos Sucios and the Gran Diablo dances; and another that makes the wooden drums that cannot be missing in typical Panamanian music.
Visit and learn why the town of La Arena is so famous for its ceramics and try how difficult pottery is, get to know the workshop where the typical Panamanian sandals, the famous "cutarras" are made.
Breakfast and check out. Today, you will embark on the route on the Pan-American highway to Boquete, where you can enjoy one of the most picturesque routes in the country. Beautiful landscapes, cattle farms, attractive villages - a route that offers everything in sight.
Geisha Coffee Tasting: The coffee experience in Panama is incredible. Boquete has a beautiful history of coffee plantations. The Lamastus Family Coffee Tasting has a 100-year history and sells the world's most expensive Geisha coffee at $600 a pound. The tasting is about the taste, flavor and experience of 5 different cups of coffee and you do a professional tasting.
Walk inside the plantation and smell the aroma of coffee flowers from the first batch at Elida Estate, "El Plano". At 1,700 meters above sea level, you will get a bird's eye view of what Elida Estate has to offer. Followed by a tour of the mill, where you will learn about the entire process of the coffee cherry, from the moment it arrives at the wet mill, until it is packed and ready for export. You will end your visit with a cupping session in our cafeteria.
Once this great experience is over, you will arrive at your hotel, check in and spend the night.
Departure at 0600 from Boquete. The Los Quetzales trail links the two communities of Boquete and Cerro Punta and is one of the most visited and popular hikes in Panama, named after a particular species of bird called the Resplendent Quetzal. Highly elusive, these birds are a magnificent and rare treat to watch and are a favorite among many birding enthusiasts. In addition to the Quetzal, there are more than 220 other species of birds native to the area. From Cerro Punta to Boquete, the 10 km trail descends steadily (approximately 800 meters) as it passes from tropical cloud forest to tropical jungle and takes approximately 4-6 hours of hiking to complete. The tour begins with a two-hour drive from Boquete to Cerro Punta where your Quetzal Trail hiking adventure begins. A normal a/c bus takes you to the ranger station in the park.
Free day to enjoy the property's amenities or do optional activities.
After breakfast, you must deliver the car at the David Airport, where our unit will be waiting for you to transfer you to your next destination. You will be transferred from Boquete to Isla Colon. It is a journey of approximately 3.5 hours where you can enjoy a unique setting. Once in Almirante, you will take a water taxi (boat) that will take you to Isla Colón, after which you will be transferred to your hotel in Bocas del Toro. Check in and overnight.
The adventure begins in downtown Bocas del Toro with a short boat ride to Dolphin Bay to watch dolphins playing in their natural habitat. The continental coast and mountainous regions of Panama serve as an exquisite location for photography. Next, we will venture to Cayo Coral to practice snorkeling (2 locations / equipment not included) and time for lunch in an “over the sea” restaurant that offers beautiful views of the islands of the Bocas del Toro archipelago (lunch not included) ). In the afternoon you can enjoy Red Frog Beach, one of the main beaches in the region. Spend a few hours on this oceanfront beach with waves, sand and sun. Then your adventure returns to Bocas Town.
Free day to enjoy the hotel amenities or optional activities.
In the morning, you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you will take your flight back to the capital. Our driver will be waiting for you so that you can continue with your tour today. This tour begins in Panama City, a place of contrasts. The tour includes a tour of the Modern City, Old Town, Amador Causeway and takes you to the Canal Visitors Center. You will make panoramic tours and short walks in the visited sites.
On the way to the Miraflores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal, he will tell you about the history and operational performance of this wonder in motion. Once there, you can feel part of the operation of the Canal from the observation decks. Continuing our tour, we will make a panoramic view of the Amador Causeway Islands, a landfill that connects four islands of the Bay of Panama and makes you feel inside the sea. The all-in-one view will allow you to see from a single point and at the same time, the modern city, the Old Town, the Bridge of the Americas, the island of Taboga and the ships entering and leaving the Panama Canal.
Free time until the transfer to the airport. Flight to city of origin.