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Embera Village Day Tour, Chagres River & Waterfalls + Lunch

1. Embera Village Day Tour, Chagres River & Waterfalls + Lunch

Getting There At 8:00 am your friendly, bi-lingual guide will pick you up from your Panama City hotel. Sit back and relax in our comfortable, air-conditioned car while gazing at the various sites we will pass on our 40 minute drive to our tour starting point in the Chagres National Park. The Embera tribe lives in remote areas of the rainforest, and the only way to reach them is by boat. However, the journey is part of the adventure, and you'll get to see some of the stunning scenery that Panama has to offer. The Boat Ride At the port of the Chagres River, an Embera Indian will take you and your guide in a traditional boat called "piragua" on a 20 minute ride upstream to the Mono waterfall, where you can take a refreshing plunge (note: only available during the Dry season months from December through April. During the Wet Season months we may not be able to visit the waterfall due to strong currents). As you make your way through the rainforest, you'll be surrounded by lush greenery and the sounds of wildlife. The boat ride is a great opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the jungle and to snap some incredible photos. Meeting the Embera People Once you arrive at the Embera village, you will meet the Tusipono Embera Indian tribe that has managed to reject our modern, technological ways of life and maintained its simple traditions. Once you step off your boat, you will be greeted by the friendly and welcoming Embera people. They'll introduce themselves, and you'll have the chance to ask questions and learn about their way of life. The Tour After our little hike and a delightful refreshing dip under the waterfall, we will continue to the Embera community. The tour will take you through the village, where you'll get to see how the Embera people live, work, and play. You'll see how they build their homes, cook their food, and make their crafts. You'll also get to witness traditional dances and music performances. One of the highlights of the tour is the chance to see the Embera people's intricate body art. The Embera people have a long tradition of using natural pigments to create intricate designs on their skin. You'll be able to see some of these designs up close and learn about the significance of each one. For a small fee, you can have the Embera design a body painting for you. The paint will be a temporary remembrance of your visit to the Embera tribe and will slowly fade away after a few days.

Panama City/Portobelo: Catamaran Trip w/Snorkeling and Lunch

2. Panama City/Portobelo: Catamaran Trip w/Snorkeling and Lunch

Explore the beauty of the Blues Veins lagoon and the white sands of Playa Blanca on this tour from Panama City or Portobelo. Sit down for a delicious lunch on a catamaran.  Choose to be picked up from the comfort of your accommodations in Panama City or to make your own way to Portobelo. Hop aboard a speedboat that will connect you to the catamaran. Feel the wind in your hair as you soak up some sun on the way to your first stop at Blues Veins. Make your way to the interior lagoon aboard a dinghy. Disembark at a secluded beach where you can take a walk or snorkel through the coral in the crystal-clear waters.  Head back to the boat to eat a lunch of local products with a variety of dietary options. Continue to Playa Blanca where you can make the most of the sea by swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boarding.  Return to you Portobelo where, depending on the option you select, you can be dropped-off at your accommodation in Panama City, or you can drive back to your accommodation. 

Caribbean Adventure: Snorkel & Zip Line Tour in Panama

3. Caribbean Adventure: Snorkel & Zip Line Tour in Panama

This is a full day of adventure! Leave early and enjoy a fresh breakfast at the Caribbean sea side near Portobelo. Gear up and cross the bay for some of the best snorkeling in Panama. Head to a beach for the first snorkel site and later a reef wall for the second site. Enjoy the warm and clear ocean water and catch some sun! Return to the main land for lunch and an hour long historic tour of Portobelo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here it's about a half-hour drive into the jungle for our zip line/canopy tour! You might even have some time to swim in the river and try out the rope swing before we head back to the city. This is an exhilarating full-day tour, and one of the best you'll find in Panama!

From Panama City: Day Trip to the Caribbean Beach

4. From Panama City: Day Trip to the Caribbean Beach

Cruise the Caribbean with this group day trip from Panama City to Venas Azules and Portobelo National Park. Enjoy exploring long stretches of sand at Playa Blanca and the dense nature surrounding Venas Azules beach. Be picked up from your hotel and head to Portobelo, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Embark on a boat to to Venas Azules. Swim among starfish and colorful fish. Continue to Playa Blanca in an isolated area in Portobelo National Park. Spend some time on the beach and have a delicious picnic lunch in the national park.

Panama City: Isla Grande Beach and Portobelo Tour

5. Panama City: Isla Grande Beach and Portobelo Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Panama City, and then journey by comfortable car to the Spanish colonial city of Portobelo, founded 420 years ago as the main port along the nation's Atlantic Coast. Get 1 hour to discover the sights of the historical city, where highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ruins of the colonial fortifications and the nearby Fort Santiago in Portobelo. Relax on a private beach with crystal clear water and get full access to the showers and bathroom facilities. Go for a walk around the island to learn more about the locals and visit their shops. Avail of the hotel's bar and a great restaurant, serving delicious from the Caribbean. Return to Panama City at the end of an amazing day, and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Portobelo And The New Locks Of The Panama Canal

6. Portobelo And The New Locks Of The Panama Canal

Start the day with pickup from your hotel in Panama City, then embark on journey that takes you from ocean to ocean on the historic and world-famous Panama Canal Railway. On the train, admire spectacular views of the Panama Canal as well as its vibrant jungle landscape and surrounding scenery. As you enter the Panama Canal Zone, learn about the military installations of the American administration which are a reminder of the area’s strategic importance. Here, you can really get an impression of what life was like for the locals during the days under American control. After your train ride, take a guided tour of the Agua Clara Locks and watch the gargantuan ships navigate its chambers.

Historico Portobelo y Venas Azules

7. Historico Portobelo y Venas Azules

Enjoy a day on the country's Caribbean beaches enjoying lunch and reliving the important colonial history of the town. We will be picking you up at the hotel lobby at 5:30 am to begin our adventure to Costa Arriba, Colon Province. 2 hours approximately. Arriving we will be our first tour to the paradisiacal beaches of Isla del Padre, Venas Azules and Playa Blanca, returning at noon to taste our delicious local Caribbean lunch at the end we will be doing our historical tour of the ruins and the picturesque town of Portobelo, visiting the Church declared a national historic monument. At approximately 2:00 p.m. we will be returning to Panama City to drop you off at the hotel.

Panama Cross-Country Highlights 8-Day Tour

8. Panama Cross-Country Highlights 8-Day Tour

Explore Panama from the Caribbean to the Pacific, and hike in mountains and jungles. See abundant wildlife, take optional zip line tours across jungle canopies, ride horses down forest trails, and snorkel and dive in oceans and seas. The 8-day tour will give you a comprehensive introduction to the delights of Panama, visiting Panama City, the Panama Canal, Punta Culebra, Portobelo and much more. Sunday: We have a full day to explore this fantastic city! Starting with an incredible view from atop Cerro Ancon before we head to Miraflores Locks and museum on the canal. We follow the Panama Canal to Punta Culebra (owned by the Smithsonian) where we might see sloths, iguanas and some of Panama’s marine life, all while learning about the history of Panama, the canal, and the ships passing through. Have lunch on the Amador Causeway with fantastic views of the city skyline before a final stop in old town (Casco Viejo) for a tour that will take you back in time. Enjoy your 2nd night in the city... Contact us for more details

From Panama City: Caribbean Island Hopping & Portobelo Fort

9. From Panama City: Caribbean Island Hopping & Portobelo Fort

The tour starts at 7:00am, with yoiur English speaking driver and guide picking you up from your lodging in Panama City. Enjoy our comfortable, air-conditioned car as we cross the country from the Pacific side to the Atlantic side. At 9:30am we arrive at the port, where a lancha boat will take you to the monkey island Isla Linton, which is famous for its Howler monkeys inhabiting the dense forest canopies. You will hear their barking howls when leaving the boat and you may also spot a few curious faces looking at you from atop the trees. Next up we visit the "Tunnel of Love", a natural pool, surrounded by mangroves, inviting you to soak in the balmy, shallow waters. The experience will almost feel surreal, as realize your heightened senses, listening to the multitude of birds chirping all around you and the occasional monkey bellowing at his companions, all while sitting waist deep in a natural bathtub. Exiting the Tunnel of Loves, we will be greeted by Isla Mamey with its large white sand beach. The huge, shallow reef right in front will be the perfect opportunity for you to unpack your snorkel and dive into the iridescent ocean. Various palm trees will afford plenty of shade, inviting you to lay down and enjoy the gentle Caribbean breeze. At noon we head to Isla Grande, a short 10 minute boat ride from Isla Mamey. As you step off the boat you will be welcomed by palm trees and white-sand beaches. A popular getaway for folk escaping the urban grind of Panama City, Isla Grande is an ideal setting for snorkeling, scuba diving or simply soaking up the island’s relaxed vibe. There are no roads here, just a small footpath along the island's southern coast, backed by pastel-colored cottages. Many of the people living here are of African descent and are eking out a living from fishing and growing coconuts – you’ll get a taste of both when you sample the local cuisine. We will recommend you an oceanfront restaurant, where seafood is served fresh from the ocean to your plate and where you can spend the rest of the day lounging on the private beach, sipping on a cold Balboa beer or snacking on delicious Patacones (fried plantains). At 3:00pm we will return to the port, making our way back to Portobelo, giving us the opportunity to explore the rich historical buildings around town. ‘Puerto Bello, ’the Beautiful Port, was named by Christopher Columbus in 1502, when he landed here on his fourth New World voyage. Since it was common during that time to abbreviate Spanish names, the beautiful port quickly became known as simply ‘Portobelo.’ During the 16th to the 18th centuries Portobelo was an important silver-exporting town and one of the two Atlantic ports on the route of the Spanish treasure fleets. Explore the old ruins and cannons idly aging away ion the Caribbean sun. As the sun starts dropping, we will make our way back to Panama City, arriving at your hotel at around 6:00pm.

Disfruta de playas paradisíacas situadas en el Parque Nacion

10. Disfruta de playas paradisíacas situadas en el Parque Nacion

Disfruta de playas paradisíacas situadas en el Parque Nacional de Portobelo, en la costa alta de Colón, de lugares coloridos llenos de vida salvaje.

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based on 18 reviews

This was the most amazing excursion we did in Panama, and we did several! The snorkel locations are fabulous and the water is very clear, so you can see fish and coral formations very well. The coral wall was stunning! I thought I might be afraid of the depth, but it's so shallow in front of the wall that there's no need to worry! This was my first time zip lining, and there was no disappointment! The lines take you over rivers, and through the rainforest, and the guides are great! Miguel was beyond awesome!! Kevin was so attentive and helpful, he helped make the day perfect!

The tour was a great end to our trip for us. We were picked up on time by our driver (Dan) and drove to the Caribbean in a very comfortable car. We saw many different landscapes, including how people live outside of Panama City. The fortifications in Portobelo are impressive. But the highlight was Isla Grande. We really enjoyed the crossing in the small boat and the beautiful hours on the beach. Dan, who was always available for us, organized a great meal for us on the island and then showed us the island on a short walk.

This was a great excursion! Our tour guide was Jorge and he was awesome! I appreciated how he was very informative and pointed out special landmarks. Snorkeling was okay if you’re a water lover. Ziplining was AMAZING! Miguel was the absolute best and his family farm and courses and hands down the BEST! Would definitely recommend!!!

If you are looking for an active, beautiful day in Panama, this is your tour. Snorkeling + beach + Zip Lining; a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of this lovely country. And Jorge was a spectacular guide. Highly recommend.

Wonderful place, relax, a lot a corals in the water, meal was good, we enjoy everything, thank you