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On this adventure, you will see the highlights of Panama all in one wonderful week! Youll hike virgin forests in Panamas mountains and national parks, all while being amazed by the abundant wildlife. Soak up the sun on Panamas Pacific and Atlantic coast beaches and islands.
Trek from Pacific to Atlantic, on a cobblestoned colonial road through the primary rainforest of Chagres & Portobelo National Parks, used by endless mule caravans carrying about 200 tons of silver from Peru and Bolivia a year to the trade fairs of Portobelo, which attracted famous pirate and privateers like Francis Drake.
It’s the forgotten precursor of the Panama Canal, where the mix of indigenous, afro-descendent and mestizo population aspires for sustainable way of living and conservation of surrounding rainforests: experience history and be part of local communities quest for sustainability in tropical rainforests.This tour allows the participant to cross the Isthmus of Panama along the original route of the Camino Real, beginning in Old Panama on thePacific Ocean, trekking through the dense jungle of the Alto Chagres to reach Portobelo in the Caribbean. This three-day trekking has expedition character and requires very good physical condition from the participants. The night before departure, we will held a meeting to explain details of expeditions in the jungle, animals, safety, and also what to carry and what not (the trekker carries his day pack, while the tent, food and personal belongings are carried by porters - up to 15 pounds per person). The challenge of this hike is not the altitude, but the humidity and temperature of the tropical climate. Participate in this expedition really allows to experience and appreciate the work of the historical characters like Francis Drake and the unknown drovers of the mule trains, who crossed this road in the past. The first night we spent at a peasant village, where we will better understand their life situation within a national park and the problems of deforestation and conservation. The second day we start hiking the path of the Camino Real, soon we find a well-preserved segment of it in the mountains of the Chagres National Park and enjoy spectacular scenery. The third day we walk mostly in primary forests below old giant trees up to the headwaters of the Rio Boquerón, which pours down its valley over countless waterfalls. The fourth day we arrive finally at Portobelo in the Caribbean Sea, where between the walls of the Spanish fortifications remains the rich heritage of Afro-Caribbean populations.
Experience with your family the best places in Panama from the Pacific coast and the Panama Canal to the western highlands to the Caribbean coast. Explore the Panama Canal and the Chagres River, go on an adventurous white river rafting or canopy ziplining trip in the Chiriqui highlands, snorkel in the Caribbean waters of Bocas del Toro and end your trip with a historical journey through the old parts of Panama City with the chance to obtain traditional handcrafts and souvenirs at the arts and crafts market.
Since the SS Ancon made the first ocean to ocean transit through the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914 more than a million vessels have transited through the waterway bringing commerce, cultures and people from all corners of the world closer together. In 2014, the Panama Canal celebrates its 100th anniversary and we invite you to join this unforgettable event with a program that takes you to the most important and influential areas related to this man-made wonder.
Experience Panama in a very active and adventurous way! With many fun outdoor activities that require good physical conditions you get to know the beauty of this country by horseback riding through the Caribbean rainforest, exploring the wildlife and cultures around the Panama Canal on boat and dug-out canoe trips, flying through the cloud forest on canopy zip lines, enjoying the coffee plantations in Boquete, white water rafting in Chiriqui and snorkeling with beach outing in the Pacific.
This fun filled active itinerary was specifically designed with the adventure traveler in mind. For those who want to make the most out of their visit, and really savor every aspect of the country, then this is the perfect trip for you. The adventure includes biking in the rainforest, a coffee farm tour, hiking to hidden waterfalls, off the beaten path explorations, river tubing, surfing lessons, white water river rafting, ziplining and more.
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