Summary : Cross the Isthmus of Panama in search of adventure—the Darién Jungle, colonial history, wildlife, and a Panama Canal transit. Discover the indigenous cultures of the Guna Indians and Emberá people. Kayak, paddle board, and snorkel among the Las Perlas and Guna Yala islands. Explore historic Fort San Lorenzo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and partake in a search for marine life search in the Gulf of Panama. View wildlife in the Darién Jungle by hikes and motorized dugout canoe; and bird watch along the Chagres River.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
This trip can be combined with the 8-day Costa Rica – Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves to make a 16-day trip. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
$4,395 to $7,995
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.
Enjoy a morning of leisure at your boutique hotel or explore nearby city markets and café’s. Later, rendezvous with your shipmates in your 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.
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.
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.
Once the “world’s most valuable” river and Panama’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 Panama Canal.
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.
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.
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.
After an early breakfast, bid adios to your crew. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Due to the nature of expedition traveling, itineraries are guidelines and can change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Reverse Departure: Every other departure will be a reverse itinerary that embarks in Panama City and disembarks in Colon, still visiting the same places. Passengers will still fly in and out of Panama City.
Photography Departure: 5/18/2018, 5/25/2018
A professional photographer guest host guides you on capturing the perfect shots—onboard, in-the-field, and one-on-one.
Marine Biology Departure: 7/28/2017, 6/15/2018, 6/22/2018, 8/31/2018, 9/7/2018
Learn about the amazing aquatic world all around and beneath you with your onboard marine expert during excursions and in-depth presentations.
Birding Departure: 7/7/2017, 7/14/2017, 6/1/2018, 6/8/2018
Join renowned bird experts on a discovery of the unique habits and characteristics of the winged creatures you encounter.
Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional activities; port fees and taxes; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; gratuities; travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.