Panama vacations, Snorkelling reefs & jungle trails

“A two week, tailor made trip to the stunning isthmus country of Panama, with beaches and jungles galore. Staying in small hotels our guesthouses. With hire car or private transfers. ”

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Panama City | Bocas del Toro | Boquete | Golfo de Chiriquí Marine National Park | Pedasi |El Valle de Anton

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Environment

We aim to use accommodation that shares our values when it comes to the environment. Many buildings in Panama have been restored for alternative purposes. A very good example of this is our accommodation in Bocas del Toro which is over 100 years old and started life as the head quarters of the United Fruit Company.

Many of our small boutique guest houses are committed to supporting the environment with their food and waste recycling practices.

We also believe that it is important to minimise impact on the air and so two of the exciting excursion options included in this trip are there to do just this. While you're in Pedasi you'll get to explore the laid back town on the Pacific coast by bike which you'll have for the day along with various route maps to follow. While you're in El Valle de Anton, a town nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano, we'll provide you with helpful route descriptions to explore the lush forests that have grown here.

Community

We are constantly looking for meaningful trips which give back to the communities and adds something really special to our customer's experience in Panama. During this itinerary you will spend a couple of nights in Boquete, our coffee tour here seeks to support local farmers in the area. In Panama there are no co-operatives for local farmers so the farm you visit will reap all the rewards of your visit. You'll get to know all about coffee from the fruit stage to the tasting stage and you'll see exactly what agricultural life is like in Panama today.

Throughout our trips we use local guides and drivers who are there to pass on their specialist expertise to our customers, just ask away - the more you ask the more you get out of the whole experience. By having a local guide specific to each area you gain both insight and experience of what life is really like in each of these incredible destinations.

We also encourage our customers to eat in local cafes and restaurants to support the local communities even more.

In all our destinations we offer our customers the opportunity to donate to a local project, in Panama we have chosen to support the Esperanza Social Venture Club. a gang intervention and reintegration program based in the evolving historic district of Casco Viejo, Panama City. Once a hotbed of gang activity, this is now a thriving district of art, culture, and architecture. In order to preserve an element of human patrimony, Esperanza’s non-profit initiatives assure that young at-risk males get to take part in the neighborhood’s growth, by providing help with mental and physical health as well as coaching to enter the workforce.

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Reviewed on 07 Mar 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Exploring the Gulf of Chiriquí Marine National Park by boat, seeing beautiful birds on the sunset cruise and snorkelling and exploring beautiful beaches and islands on the daytime cruise. Also exploring the cloud forest near Boquete with an expert bird guide we hired, and seeing the elusive Resplendent Quetzal.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do your homework when picking the various options to make up your vacation. Panama is a diverse country and some places will best suit some people more than others. A reasonable level of fitness will allow you more opportunities.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We stayed in small, usually family-run hotels and the trips we took were mainly run by locals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very interesting, not always what we expected but good fun most of the time.

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Not one thing but the variation from a modern and old city, mountains, forests, coasts and friendly people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Research the hotels you might stay in as some need tender loving care.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly supported the local economy as we spent time and money in local restaurants, bars, shops etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


There was a lot of traveling but we did see a lot of the different parts of the country. Very memorable.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Norman,

Really pleased to know that you enjoyed the variety of experiences by traveling around and seeing as much of Panama as possible, I am sure the long journeys were worth it.
We pride ourselves in sourcing unique locally owned and run properties that offer a friendly service and warm welcome, sorry to hear that you felt some were not up to what you were expecting.



Ceri

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