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Trip Extensions

San Blas

Duration: 3 days

Add the San Blas Islands for 2 nights!  Located along the northeastern coast of Panama, in the Caribbean Sea, the San Blas are home to the Guna Indians who have been granted regional autonomy. Learn about Guna traditions, relax on the beach, snorkel... read more

Panama Canal Transit

Duration: 1 days

Passengers aboard a ship crossing the Panama Canal will have the opportunity to see one of the modern wonders of the world in operation.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive panama - saturday

On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Casco Viejo, the historical part of Panama City.

Lodging
American Trade Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: panama city and canal - sunday

The Panama CanalThe Panama Canal

This morning start your city tour by experiencing the Panama Canal visitors’center at Miraflores Locks where large ships can be seen transiting the canal. A presentation by the Panama Canal Authority on the history of the Panama Canal will be provided. Marvel at the workings of this feat of human engineering and enjoy the different exhibition halls. Continue with a drive through the former Panama Canal Zone, including the town of Balboa and the old US Amador Army Base.

You will then visit the Biodiversity Museum, designed by the world renowned architect Frank Gehry. As a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, the Biodiversity Museum serves as a gateway to new information about the biodiversity and natural history of the Isthmus of Panama. Scientific experts from both the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Panama oversee the contents of the museum and aim at teaching visitors about eco-awareness, conservation and Panama’s extraordinary natural treasures in various unique exhibition galleries. Did you know that the Isthmus of Panama has more bird, mammal, reptile and plant species than the US and Canada together in just 75,990 Km2 (approx. 29,000 square miles)?  

After having lunch at a Panamanian restaurant in Casco Viejo (the old city compound), enjoy a historical walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Casco Viejo is home to the Presidential Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Theater, the French Plaza and several other iconic landmarks that offer testament to the city’s rich history, culture and heritage. From the top of old city’s wall enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean dotted with local fishing boats near port and massive ships lined up waiting to cross the Panama Canal as well as the impressive skyline of modern Panama City. Return to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
American Trade Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: panama city/chitre, herrera - monday

Panama's traditional clothing, the PolleraPanama's traditional clothing, the Pollera

This morning you will be picked up by an English speaking guide in your hotel lobby.  Today you will be going on a journey following the footsteps of the Spanish Conqueror Badajoz. Badajoz was sent out by the Spanish Crown in 1515 to conquer Central Panama. On his way from Panama City towards Natá and the Azuero Peninsula, Badajoz faced heavy resistance by the Indian Chief Paris who defeated the Spanish, reclaiming the largest treasure obtained in America for that time. You will discover the indigenous heritage and the Spanish influence by visiting the archaeological site of El Caño – named Panama’s El Dorado by the National Geographic Magazine - as well as two of the oldest churches on the American Continent: Natá and Parita. Lunch at a local restaurant en-route included.

Mid afternoon you will arrive to the Azuero Peninsula, a large peninsula in southern Panama, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. The Peninsula, except for the quickly developing cities of Chitré and Las Tablas, feels isolated from modern Panama, frozen in an idyllic past, with lots of charm and natural beauty. Its lands encompass small hills with semi-arid savanna vegetation, fertile river courses and coastal marshlands offering many opportunities for cultural, eco and adventure tourism.

Azuero’s numerous colonial villages are the wellspring of Panama’s favorite folkloric traditions – beautiful traditional clothing, such as the stunning Pollera, and handicrafts, such as ceramics based on pre-Columbian designs, that originated and are still made here. The same is true of some important musical and literary traditions. Even Panama’s most popular drink, the sugarcane liquor known as “Seco”, is produced in Azuero. 

Your hotel, Cubitá Boutique Resort & Spa, is an exciting new project determined to rescue and preserve the roots, heritage and traditions of the Azuero Peninsula. The name Cubitá is borrowed from the indigenous people who once inhabited the banks of the La Villa River on the Azuero Peninsula. This unique boutique hotel offers you a first class experience with a lot of attention to details in a colonial environment. After checking in and freshening up, enjoy a short guided tour through the hotel’s own museum with permanent exhibitions of pre-Colombian and Colonial pieces from the Azuero Peninsula to get a better understanding of the area and its treasures.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Cubita Boutique Resort

Day 4: herrera highlands - tuesday

Observe unique creatures in El Montuoso Forest ReserveObserve unique creatures in El Montuoso Forest Reserve

After being picked up at the hotel this morning you'll be on your way to explore the Herrera Highlands, another area profusely inhabited by indigenous groups in the pre-Columbian era. This area also contains the most important wildlife refuge in the province. You will visit a local family to know the variety of orchids that are found in the fresh climate of Las Minas, home to Panama’s national flower, the Holy Ghost Orchid. You will then continue with a hike in the El Montuoso Forest Reserve, known as “The Lung of Azuero”, to discover mysterious petroglyphs as well as the origin of the La Villa River where you will take a refreshing swim. A traditional lunch is served in the small community of Chepo de Las Minas.

For the active and adventurous, an optional activity of horseback ride and wet rappel in the area of Guazán may be added to the tour: Your guide will provide you with all the necessary instructions for this adrenaline filled experience. Then you will saddle your horse and on a half-hour’s horseback ride you will reach the Guazán Falls. At 800 meters above sea level, on the ride you will enjoy amazing views of the surrounding hills and even the ocean, overlooking the Montijo Gulf. Prepared for the adventure, you will then start your descent by rappelling down the steep walls of the Guazán Falls. You will descend approximately 25 meters to reach the bottom of the waterfall where you can take a refreshing swim in the creek.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Cubita Boutique Resort

Day 5: made in herrera & azuero's folklore tour - wednesday

Observe the famous La Arena breadObserve the famous La Arena bread

Journey this morning to discover the manufacturing process of the traditional products of the Herrera Province: sugarcane, salt, clay and bread. Experience the many uses of sugarcane – from refreshing sugarcane juice called “Guarapo”, traditional cooking of sugarcane honey to the production of artisanal sugarcane liquor. See the extraction of salt from the Pacific Ocean, visit the production of handmade clay pottery and learn how the famous La Arena bread is baked. After a traditional lunch learn why Azuero is considered by many “the cultural heart of Panama”. You will see in detail the handcrafting of the pollera, one of the most beautiful costumes in the world, by visiting a group of ladies that have dedicated their lives to the typical dress of the Panamanian women. You will also visit small studios of local artisans who produce the colorful devil’s masks, the drums used in local music and the gold ornaments that are part of the traditional Panamanian culture.

After the tour you will be taken to Playa Venao for the next two nights. Playa Venado, also refered to as Playa Venao by locals, is shaped by a crescent moon bay. The eastern end of the four kilometer beach is nestled behind El Morro, a beautiful piece of jungle covered rock that is an island at high tide and is attached to the mainland by a long stretch of sand during low tide. El Morro breaks the Pacific swell to offer tranquil waters and a quiet place for strolling or horseback riding. Playa Venao's beaches are surrounded by many streams, rolling hills and remnants of a dry tropical forest that once extended across the entire peninsula. The nearby forest is home to many species of animals like howler and spider monkeys, the local deer, iguanas, and gato solos to name a few. With no nearby ATMs or cell phone coverage and only a few cabanas and people, Playa Venao is a great spot to completely let loose, relax and just enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding rolling hills, the swells of the pacific ocean, long stretches of beaches and laidback beachside atmosphere. There is a small convenience store with basic supplies, beach bar and restaurant as well as a few surf hostels and surf shop within walking distance from your hotel resort.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Playa Venao Beach Resort

Day 6: playa venao options - thursday

Horseback riding on the beachHorseback riding on the beach

Enjoy a free day at Playa Venao or book one of the following optional activities in advance:

1. Agricultural Tour

Visit a local farm and learn about the agricultural aspect and importance of the Azuero region. 

2. Horseback Riding in Oria Arriba

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Orio Valley, just a little outside Pedasí. On a horseback you will ride through the lush mountains and rolling hills along the Orio river where you can even take a swim. 

3. Sport Fishing

The southern coast of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula is also known as the “Tuna Coast”. The deep sea offers a great variety of big fish such as red snapper, grouper, mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, marlin and sailfish. Enjoy half a day of a full day of sport fishing in Panama’s Pacific Ocean. 

4. Isla Cañas Wildlife Refuge (available from June to November)

Isla Cañas is a small peninsula and wildlife refuge West of Playa Venao. The area is known as one of the biggest nesting site of sea turtles in the months from June to November. From the village of Cañas you will be taken to the wildlife refuge by boat and then visit the narrow beach strip by horse and carriage. With a bit of luck you will be able to see the huge turtles putting their eggs in the sand. 

5. Isla Iguana Snorkeling & Beach

Isla Iguana is a wildlife refuge approximately 5 miles from Pedasi featuring beautiful white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, fantastic coral reefs known to be the best preserved, the home of multiple species of birds which makes it great for bird watching, and the largest nesting grounds for frigates. It also harbors a variety of other animals and marine wildlife. To get there, an open fiberglass boat known as a “panga” leaves from Playa El Arenal and takes the tour group to the island. Once there, ocean lovers can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving and enjoy seeing fantastic marine life. Hiking trails are also on the island, and you will be able to see iguanas running all over while you get to know more about the island at the Visitors Center. 

6. Surfing or Stand-up Paddle

Take advantage of your vacation and learn to surf or stand-up paddle. An instructor will give you the right tips so you become an expert really quickly. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Playa Venao Beach Resort

Day 7: pedasí/panama city - friday

This morning enjoy at leisure.  Early afternoon your representative will pick you up at the hotel for a 30 minute drive to Pedasí where you have the option to stop at the local Bakery or nearby café to enjoy some local pastries and delicatessen before you will be dropped of at the domestic airstrip. 

Your return flight back to Panama City takes approximately 50 minutes and upon arrival you will be met by your local driver and transferred to your hotel in Panama City.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Toscana Inn

Day 8: departure

At the appropriate time you'll be transfered to the aiport for your departure flight home or consider extending to the San Blas Islands to learn about the Guna Indians.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,950
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

A Kid's-Eye View: My 7 Favorite Things To Do in Panama

I'm Sylvia, age 9, and for spring break this year I went to Panama. Here are some pictures I took, and these are my favorite things I did there:

The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal
Panama's traditional clothing, the Pollera
Panama's traditional clothing, the Pollera
Observe unique creatures in El Montuoso Forest Reserve
Observe unique creatures in El Montuoso Forest Reserve
Observe the famous La Arena bread
Observe the famous La Arena bread
Horseback riding on the beach
Horseback riding on the beach

Peninsula of Pacific Perfection

Revel and relax in the nature and culture of little-known Azuero

overview

After a historical introduction to Panama and the famous Panama Canal, you'll enjoy a cultural journey by road to the Azuero Península, located in the province of Los Santos and also known as the heart of where Panamanian folklore and the national Pollera dress have its origin. Learn about the cultural and natural wonders of the area before you continue further South to the Pacific shore of the Azuero Península. These numerous beaches, some of them are world-known for top-class surfing, are ideal for fishing, snorkeling, whale watching, sea turtles, and horseback riding.

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overview

After a historical introduction to Panama and the famous Panama Canal, you'll enjoy a cultural journey by road to the Azuero Península, located in the province of Los Santos and also known as the heart of where Panamanian folklore and the national Pollera dress have its origin. Learn about the cultural and natural wonders of the area before you continue further South to the Pacific shore of the Azuero Península. These numerous beaches, some of them are world-known for top-class surfing, are ideal for fishing, snorkeling, whale watching, sea turtles, and horseback riding.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive panama - saturday

    On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Casco Viejo, the historical part of Panama City.

    Lodging
    American Trade Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: panama city and canal - sunday
    The Panama CanalThe Panama Canal

    This morning start your city tour by experiencing the Panama Canal visitors’center at Miraflores Locks where large ships can be seen transiting the canal. A presentation by the Panama Canal Authority on the history of the Panama Canal will be provided. Marvel at the workings of this feat of human engineering and enjoy the different exhibition halls. Continue with a drive through the former Panama Canal Zone, including the town of Balboa and the old US Amador Army Base.

    You will then visit the Biodiversity Museum, designed by the world renowned architect Frank Gehry. As a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, the Biodiversity Museum serves as a gateway to new information about the biodiversity and natural history of the Isthmus of Panama. Scientific experts from both the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Panama oversee the contents of the museum and aim at teaching visitors about eco-awareness, conservation and Panama’s extraordinary natural treasures in various unique exhibition galleries. Did you know that the Isthmus of Panama has more bird, mammal, reptile and plant species than the US and Canada together in just 75,990 Km2 (approx. 29,000 square miles)?  

    After having lunch at a Panamanian restaurant in Casco Viejo (the old city compound), enjoy a historical walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Casco Viejo is home to the Presidential Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Theater, the French Plaza and several other iconic landmarks that offer testament to the city’s rich history, culture and heritage. From the top of old city’s wall enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean dotted with local fishing boats near port and massive ships lined up waiting to cross the Panama Canal as well as the impressive skyline of modern Panama City. Return to your hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    American Trade Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: panama city/chitre, herrera - monday
    Panama's traditional clothing, the PolleraPanama's traditional clothing, the Pollera

    This morning you will be picked up by an English speaking guide in your hotel lobby.  Today you will be going on a journey following the footsteps of the Spanish Conqueror Badajoz. Badajoz was sent out by the Spanish Crown in 1515 to conquer Central Panama. On his way from Panama City towards Natá and the Azuero Peninsula, Badajoz faced heavy resistance by the Indian Chief Paris who defeated the Spanish, reclaiming the largest treasure obtained in America for that time. You will discover the indigenous heritage and the Spanish influence by visiting the archaeological site of El Caño – named Panama’s El Dorado by the National Geographic Magazine - as well as two of the oldest churches on the American Continent: Natá and Parita. Lunch at a local restaurant en-route included.

    Mid afternoon you will arrive to the Azuero Peninsula, a large peninsula in southern Panama, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. The Peninsula, except for the quickly developing cities of Chitré and Las Tablas, feels isolated from modern Panama, frozen in an idyllic past, with lots of charm and natural beauty. Its lands encompass small hills with semi-arid savanna vegetation, fertile river courses and coastal marshlands offering many opportunities for cultural, eco and adventure tourism.

    Azuero’s numerous colonial villages are the wellspring of Panama’s favorite folkloric traditions – beautiful traditional clothing, such as the stunning Pollera, and handicrafts, such as ceramics based on pre-Columbian designs, that originated and are still made here. The same is true of some important musical and literary traditions. Even Panama’s most popular drink, the sugarcane liquor known as “Seco”, is produced in Azuero. 

    Your hotel, Cubitá Boutique Resort & Spa, is an exciting new project determined to rescue and preserve the roots, heritage and traditions of the Azuero Peninsula. The name Cubitá is borrowed from the indigenous people who once inhabited the banks of the La Villa River on the Azuero Peninsula. This unique boutique hotel offers you a first class experience with a lot of attention to details in a colonial environment. After checking in and freshening up, enjoy a short guided tour through the hotel’s own museum with permanent exhibitions of pre-Colombian and Colonial pieces from the Azuero Peninsula to get a better understanding of the area and its treasures.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Cubita Boutique Resort
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: herrera highlands - tuesday
    Observe unique creatures in El Montuoso Forest ReserveObserve unique creatures in El Montuoso Forest Reserve

    After being picked up at the hotel this morning you'll be on your way to explore the Herrera Highlands, another area profusely inhabited by indigenous groups in the pre-Columbian era. This area also contains the most important wildlife refuge in the province. You will visit a local family to know the variety of orchids that are found in the fresh climate of Las Minas, home to Panama’s national flower, the Holy Ghost Orchid. You will then continue with a hike in the El Montuoso Forest Reserve, known as “The Lung of Azuero”, to discover mysterious petroglyphs as well as the origin of the La Villa River where you will take a refreshing swim. A traditional lunch is served in the small community of Chepo de Las Minas.

    For the active and adventurous, an optional activity of horseback ride and wet rappel in the area of Guazán may be added to the tour: Your guide will provide you with all the necessary instructions for this adrenaline filled experience. Then you will saddle your horse and on a half-hour’s horseback ride you will reach the Guazán Falls. At 800 meters above sea level, on the ride you will enjoy amazing views of the surrounding hills and even the ocean, overlooking the Montijo Gulf. Prepared for the adventure, you will then start your descent by rappelling down the steep walls of the Guazán Falls. You will descend approximately 25 meters to reach the bottom of the waterfall where you can take a refreshing swim in the creek.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Cubita Boutique Resort
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: made in herrera & azuero's folklore tour - wednesday
    Observe the famous La Arena breadObserve the famous La Arena bread

    Journey this morning to discover the manufacturing process of the traditional products of the Herrera Province: sugarcane, salt, clay and bread. Experience the many uses of sugarcane – from refreshing sugarcane juice called “Guarapo”, traditional cooking of sugarcane honey to the production of artisanal sugarcane liquor. See the extraction of salt from the Pacific Ocean, visit the production of handmade clay pottery and learn how the famous La Arena bread is baked. After a traditional lunch learn why Azuero is considered by many “the cultural heart of Panama”. You will see in detail the handcrafting of the pollera, one of the most beautiful costumes in the world, by visiting a group of ladies that have dedicated their lives to the typical dress of the Panamanian women. You will also visit small studios of local artisans who produce the colorful devil’s masks, the drums used in local music and the gold ornaments that are part of the traditional Panamanian culture.

    After the tour you will be taken to Playa Venao for the next two nights. Playa Venado, also refered to as Playa Venao by locals, is shaped by a crescent moon bay. The eastern end of the four kilometer beach is nestled behind El Morro, a beautiful piece of jungle covered rock that is an island at high tide and is attached to the mainland by a long stretch of sand during low tide. El Morro breaks the Pacific swell to offer tranquil waters and a quiet place for strolling or horseback riding. Playa Venao's beaches are surrounded by many streams, rolling hills and remnants of a dry tropical forest that once extended across the entire peninsula. The nearby forest is home to many species of animals like howler and spider monkeys, the local deer, iguanas, and gato solos to name a few. With no nearby ATMs or cell phone coverage and only a few cabanas and people, Playa Venao is a great spot to completely let loose, relax and just enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding rolling hills, the swells of the pacific ocean, long stretches of beaches and laidback beachside atmosphere. There is a small convenience store with basic supplies, beach bar and restaurant as well as a few surf hostels and surf shop within walking distance from your hotel resort.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Playa Venao Beach Resort
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: playa venao options - thursday
    Horseback riding on the beachHorseback riding on the beach

    Enjoy a free day at Playa Venao or book one of the following optional activities in advance:

    1. Agricultural Tour

    Visit a local farm and learn about the agricultural aspect and importance of the Azuero region. 

    2. Horseback Riding in Oria Arriba

    Enjoy the natural beauty of the Orio Valley, just a little outside Pedasí. On a horseback you will ride through the lush mountains and rolling hills along the Orio river where you can even take a swim. 

    3. Sport Fishing

    The southern coast of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula is also known as the “Tuna Coast”. The deep sea offers a great variety of big fish such as red snapper, grouper, mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, marlin and sailfish. Enjoy half a day of a full day of sport fishing in Panama’s Pacific Ocean. 

    4. Isla Cañas Wildlife Refuge (available from June to November)

    Isla Cañas is a small peninsula and wildlife refuge West of Playa Venao. The area is known as one of the biggest nesting site of sea turtles in the months from June to November. From the village of Cañas you will be taken to the wildlife refuge by boat and then visit the narrow beach strip by horse and carriage. With a bit of luck you will be able to see the huge turtles putting their eggs in the sand. 

    5. Isla Iguana Snorkeling & Beach

    Isla Iguana is a wildlife refuge approximately 5 miles from Pedasi featuring beautiful white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, fantastic coral reefs known to be the best preserved, the home of multiple species of birds which makes it great for bird watching, and the largest nesting grounds for frigates. It also harbors a variety of other animals and marine wildlife. To get there, an open fiberglass boat known as a “panga” leaves from Playa El Arenal and takes the tour group to the island. Once there, ocean lovers can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving and enjoy seeing fantastic marine life. Hiking trails are also on the island, and you will be able to see iguanas running all over while you get to know more about the island at the Visitors Center. 

    6. Surfing or Stand-up Paddle

    Take advantage of your vacation and learn to surf or stand-up paddle. An instructor will give you the right tips so you become an expert really quickly. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Playa Venao Beach Resort
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: pedasí/panama city - friday

    This morning enjoy at leisure.  Early afternoon your representative will pick you up at the hotel for a 30 minute drive to Pedasí where you have the option to stop at the local Bakery or nearby café to enjoy some local pastries and delicatessen before you will be dropped of at the domestic airstrip. 

    Your return flight back to Panama City takes approximately 50 minutes and upon arrival you will be met by your local driver and transferred to your hotel in Panama City.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Toscana Inn
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: departure

    At the appropriate time you'll be transfered to the aiport for your departure flight home or consider extending to the San Blas Islands to learn about the Guna Indians.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,950
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

San Blas

Duration: 3 days

Add the San Blas Islands for 2 nights!  Located along the northeastern coast of Panama, in the Caribbean Sea, the San Blas are home to the Guna Indians who have been granted regional autonomy. Learn about Guna traditions, relax on the beach, snorkel... read more

Panama Canal Transit

Duration: 1 days

Passengers aboard a ship crossing the Panama Canal will have the opportunity to see one of the modern wonders of the world in operation.

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Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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