The Best of Panama: Exploring Natural and Cultural Wonders
The best of Panama awaits as you explore its capital city, search for rare birds in pristine cloud forests and meet indigenous people who share their history and culture.
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Program No. 22498RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

Panama may be famous for its legendary Canal, but this gem of Central America is also renowned for its biodiversity, vibrant culture and exciting outdoor activities. Experience the very best of Panama on a journey that begins in the metropolis of Panama City and leads through lush rainforests, an indigenous village, coffee and cacao plantations and along pristine coastal regions. Go beyond the engineering feats of the canal to discover colonial history, mangrove forests, natural reserves and the dynamic identity of Panama!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles daily over uneven terrain; some stairs. Elevations up to 3,900 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey by boat to the Emberá Indian Village to learn about the customs, history and traditions of this indigenous tribe.
  • Enjoy a whitewater rafting adventure on class II and III rapids along some of Panama’s best rivers.
  • Explore the rainforest and mangroves overlooking the Caribbean Sea by hiking, snorkeling and kayaking.

General Notes

Some departure dates of this program spend an additional night in Colon and include a partial transit through the Panama Canal. Please refer to the date-specific details to check on the itinerary.
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Venicio (Beny) Wilson
Venicio "Beny" Wilson is a certified interpretive leader with a specialty in birding. Growing up in Panama’s Bocas del Toro province exposed him to nature very early on. He began volunteering for a not-for-profit environmental education project for school kids while studying biology at the University of Panama. Once his mentor began coaching him on group dynamics, birding group leading, he was hooked. Although Venicio enjoys educating visitors about all things Panama, he admits that birding holds a special place in his heart.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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