Panama offers a delightful combination of amazing history, diverse cultures, superb Gastronomy, pristine beaches, unique national parks with abundant biodiversity. This unique itinerary gives you the opportunity to explore Panama by foot and onboard our boutique ship, where you will experience the best of San Blas (Guna Yala) Culture and natural wonders.

Highlights


• Travel by water through the dense jungle up the Chagres River to one of the Embera indigenous villages for the day experiences.

• Visit the Nalu Nega community for an introduction to the Kuna/Guna culture.

• Navigate to the Holandes Cays.

Fly to Panama City, which is the country’s capital and largest city. An EcoCircuitos/PMA representative will meet you at Tocumen International Airport to provide assistance and transportation to your hotel. The Central Hotel is conveniently located in Panama City’s Casco Antiguo (Old Quarters), where you have access to historical sites, restaurants, cafes and shops. Enjoy free time in Casco Antiguo.
Today, as we go through the Biodiversity Museum (Designed by Frank Gehry) you will learn about the great impact that Panama had in the world since it surfaced from the ocean some million years ago. Our strategic position and narrow isthmus also made Panama paramount for the Spanish Colonization. We can say that Panama´s capital is comprised of three cities: the Old, the Colonial and the Modern one. On this day, we will be going through all of them. Panama City was the first Spaniard settlement on the Pacific Coast of the Americas, dating from 1519. During colonial days, the Spaniards stored their gold and treasures here, before taking it to Spain. In 1671, Captain Henry Morgan attacked and sacked the city. A couple of years later, the Spaniards rebuilt a new city 8 miles west at what we know today as Colonial Panama. The UNESCO has declared both of these cities as World Heritage Sites. We will be visiting these historical sites and its museums as you learn the importance that Panama had during colonization days. One of the museums visited today will be the Mola Museum, where you will admire the beauty and creativity of the Molas with their beautiful designs and various shapes. (B, L)
You will meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel early in the morning and travel to El Corotú on the shores of Madden Lake. Here you will board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel by water through dense jungle up the Chagres River to one of the Embera indigenous villages for the day experience. The boat journey takes you through the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the Chagres River, you may be able to spot the Little Blue and Green Heron, Great Egret, Anhinga, Neotropical Cormorant, Amazon, Ringed, and Green Kingfishers, along and Ospreys flying above. Upon your arrival at the Emberá village, you will be welcomed with traditional dancing and music. You will learn about fascinating Emberá traditions and their close relationship with nature. They are master artisans, famous for their woven baskets and masks, as well as their qualitative wooden carvings of cocobolo and intricate tagua. There will be handcrafts available for sale and you will have the opportunity to experience the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Emberá use to adorn their bodies. After a traditional Emberá lunch, you will head back to Panama City. Short hiking on a botanical trail at the community is optional. (B, L)
Start your itinerary aboard the Panama Canal Railway train to Colon City. This one-hour railroad trip will allow you to traverse the picturesque trans-isthmian route from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive in Colon City where your motor coach will be waiting to take you to Portobelo. During the 17th and 19th centuries, the Port of Portobelo was a Spanish Fortress and served as a Caribbean terminal. Gold, silver and spices from Peru and other Spanish colonies came through the isthmus along the Royal Path trail, and then were loaded on ships and transported to Spain. Pirates lead by Sir Henry Morgan attacked Portobelo several times. We will visit the archeological compound of the colonial port, the Customs House, where the treasure and gold were stored and the Portobelo church, where the famous Black Christ statue is located. Lunch will be served at Casa Congo where we will enjoy a Dance and an introduction to the Afro Panamanian culture of the Caribbean and the Congos. After lunch, depart to Linton Bay Marina where the Discovery will be waiting for you. The Discovery is a boutique ship with capacity for 24 passengers and staffed by a friendly crew who will be eager to welcome you aboard and show you to your room. Each cabin has panoramic views, air conditioning and private bathroom. (B, L, D)
Wake up in the beautiful San Blas Archipelago. In the morning, you will visit the Nalu Nega community for an introduction to the Kuna/Guna culture. After lunch, you will navigate to the Holandes Cays. This is a delightful group of 21 islands protected by a seven-mile long reef. These are the islands further from mainland and the water is clear year round. You will learn about the Gunas traditions, dances and will have a showcase of Molas, which are elaborate embroidered panels that make up the front and back of a Kuna woman's traditional blouse. We will also enjoy a beach day with snorkel, kayaks and standup paddle in Cayos Holandeses. (All meals and alcoholic drinks included)
These is a group of extremely scenic islands, located behind a four-mile long barrier reef. These uninhabited islands may be the most beautiful in all San Blas. You will enjoy the perfect crystal clear Caribbean waters of these paradisiac islands. Take the opportunity to relax at the beach, sun bathe, snorkel, and kayak or do some stand up paddle. You might see school of reef fish, corals, sea turtles and rays on the clear sandy bottom. Learn how to make ceviche over cocktails at sunset. We will have a photo contest on board after a day of adventure and we will overnight in Cayos Holandeses. (All meals and alcoholic drinks included)
The Swimming Pool Anchorage is the most popular in San Blas. Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, SUP and enjoy our staff’s personalized attention. Visit BBQ Island and explore the spectacular reef that protects the area or relax at the beach. After lunch, you will disembark in Carti where SUV transportation will be waiting for you for a 2-hour drive crossing the Guna Yala Reserve and a beautiful range of mountains. Overnight in the Bristol Hotel in Panama City. (B, L)
Transfer to Tocumen International Airport for your outbound flight. You will arrive at the airport approximately 2 hours before your departure time. Pick up time is 3 hours before flight time. (B)
Itineraries are subject to change.

Cabin

$3,998 USD pp
Cabin
All cabins of the Discovery are outside cabins. They have wall-to-wall windows, private bathrooms with showers, individual air condition. They are equipped with blow-dryer and flashlight.

Cabin

$3,998 USD pp
Cabin
All cabins of the Discovery are outside cabins. They have wall-to-wall windows, private bathrooms with showers, individual air condition. They are equipped with blow-dryer and flashlight.

Cabin

$3,998 USD pp
Cabin
All cabins of the Discovery are outside cabins. They have wall-to-wall windows, private bathrooms with showers, individual air condition. They are equipped with blow-dryer and flashlight.

Cabin

$3,998 USD pp
Cabin
All cabins of the Discovery are outside cabins. They have wall-to-wall windows, private bathrooms with showers, individual air condition. They are equipped with blow-dryer and flashlight.

Cabin

$3,998 USD pp
Cabin
All cabins of the Discovery are outside cabins. They have wall-to-wall windows, private bathrooms with showers, individual air condition. They are equipped with blow-dryer and flashlight.

Cabin

$3,998 USD pp
Cabin
All cabins of the Discovery are outside cabins. They have wall-to-wall windows, private bathrooms with showers, individual air condition. They are equipped with blow-dryer and flashlight.

Additional charges:

Departure Taxes: 40 USD pp

Discovery

Vessel Type: Catamaran

Length: 33 m

Passenger Capacity: 24

Built: 2003

Discovery is a 33 meter, purpose built catamaran providing 8 queen and 4 twin cabins. All cabins have individual climate control, bathrooms and huge windows which extend along the length of the cabin allowing you to enjoy the scenery in complete privacy.

Passenger numbers on the Discovery are limited to just 24, ensuring everyone can enjoy serenity and privacy together with the excitement and closeness of a true exploration cruise.

The dining area, bar and lounge are located on the mid deck which is fitted with floor to ceiling “glass walls” providing a spectacular dinning experience and plenty of space to unwind. Enjoy Panamanian haute gastronomy as we delight you with exquisite indigenous dishes prepared by our talented chef. A BBQ and sun deck are located on the topmost observation deck.

The Discovery is equipped with a unique platform that lowers kayakers gently into the water and also retrieves them in perfect safety and comfort.

Cabin layout for Discovery

Inclusions


Price includes:

Transfers of passengers to and from the ship.
Transportation, shore excursions, and the use of equipment.
All meals and beverages onboard the ship.
Taxes and port charges.


Exclusions


Gratuities for crew and guides is not included. We recommend for gratuities $125-$150 per person for the 7-day cruise. At the Embera Village they have handcrafts for sale and in Barro Colorado Island there’s a gift shop.
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