PANAMA

Jungle & Beach Multisport

Highlights

Panama City and Boquete

Bocas del Toro Beaches & Islands

Amazing Wildlife & Birdlife

Hike, Kayak, Raft, Snorkel

Great Hotels, Guides and Food

Summary

Your Panama Multisport is an adventure travel classic.  Panama is clean, safe, diverse, and… waiting just for you!  Your multisport adventure covers three distinct regions: vibrant Panama City, lush cloud forests of Boquete, and the beaches and islands of Bocas del Toro.  Enjoy hanging bridges set high in the jungle, navigating Class III whitewater rapids, birdwatching for some of the 1,000 species of birds, and swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking among idyllic Caribbean islands. Enjoy comfortable hotels, amazing food, and friendly guides.

Map of Panama

At-a-Glance

Days: 8

Group Dates:
Mar or Apr 2021.. TBA
Dec 2021.. TBA

Private Dates arranged for groups of 6-9

Land Cost: $2,395 (airfare extra)

+ Internal flights:
+ Panama City – David: ~$135
+ Bocas – Panama City: ~$135

Single Supplement: $500

Group Size: 4-9

Minimum Age: 14

Level: Moderate

Overview

Day 1: Arrive Panama City, Visit Panama Canal

Day 2: FLY to David, to Boquete. Skywalk Hanging Bridges.

Day 3: Rafting the Chiriqui River

Day 4: Bocas del Toro, SUP

Day 5: Island Kayaking

Day 6: Bastimentos Marine NP

Day 7: FLY to Panama City. Tour Casco Viejo

Day 8: Transfer to airport

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Day 1 – Arrive Panama City, Panama Canal

Welcome to Panama. Upon arrival you are met at airport and transferred to hotel. Once the group has assembled, we will visit the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and learn about and marvel at this man-made creation.
Meals included: Welcome dinner
Hotel: Hyatt Place Hotel or similar


Day 2 – Fly to David, transfer to Boquete, Skywalk Hanging Bridges

Take a short, 45-minute flight from Panama City to David in the Chiriquí Province.  Transfer to Boquete, a small, charming mountain village tucked away on the eastern slopes of Baru Volcano (11,400’).  This is the coffee heartland of Panama, and one of the most protected nature areas.  This afternoon experience the exceptional biodiversity of Panama’s tropical cloud forest… from the treetops! Sky Walk Hanging Bridges is a 5 km trail of pathways and five suspension bridges. The bridges lengths range from 77 yards to 150 yards (1 ½ football fields!) and, they tower up to 250’ high above the forest floor.   Keep your eyes open for monkeys, exotic bird species and other animal native to the area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodations: Hotel Boquete Garden Inn


Day 3 - River Rafting the Chiriquí Viejo River

Today, an hour and half from Boquete, the Chiriqui Viejo River serves up some Class III whitewater fun. The river is located near to the border with Costa Rica and is fed by waters from Volcan Baru and surrounding cloud forests.  Beginners welcome.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodations: Hotel Boquete Garden Inn


Day 4 - To Bocas del Toro. Standup Paddleboarding Fun
Transfer by van to Almirante and Bocas del Toro.  Picture postcard Bocas del Toro (Mouth of the Bull) is a group of 9 islands on Panama’s Caribbean side. Bocas Del Toro includes the towns of Almirante on the coast, and Bocas Town on Isla Colon.  We’ll spend several days exploring the islands, pristine beaches and clear blue waters by SUP, kayak and boat excursions.  After lunch we will enjoy SUP standup paddle boarding around Solarte Island and Bastimentos Island. First time? No problem, Bocas makes a perfect classroom to try!

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Bocas del Toro


Day 5 - Kayaking & Snorkeling Carenero Island and Punta Manglar

Paddle shallow waters with colorful corals and an array of incredible sea life below.  Feel your paddle move across the glass-like water.. glide in silence.. connect with nature.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodations: Hotel Bocas del Toro


Day 6 - Boat Tour Bastimentos

Take a boat tour around Bastimentos Marine National Park. Search for dolphins in Dolphin Bay. You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel, swim, beach comb, explore mangroves, and have a picnic lunch and relaxation at beautiful Red Frog Beach.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hotel Bocas del Toro


Day 7 - Fly Bocas to Panama City. Sightseeing Casco Viejo
A short, 1-hour, morning flight brings us back to Panama City. We’ll enjoy a visit to the Old Panama Ruins, and the historic sites of Casco Viejo (also known as San Felipe) such as San Jose Church, the National Theater, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the old Slave Market and the Old Spanish Prisons.  Tonight, is our farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Bocas del Toro


Day 8 - Departure Day
This morning we bid a fond farewell to this country we have come to know and are transferred to Panama-Tocumen International Airport for our flight home or on to other adventures.

Note on Itinerary:

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Additional Information: 

Please be sure to scroll through website tabs for information on:

  • Pricing,
  • What’s Included,
  • General Information,
  • FAQ’s
  • How to Reserve.

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$2,395 land price.

International airfare is NOT included. (Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double hotel).

Single Supplement: $300

Single Supplement is for those specifically requesting their own room throughout, based on availability. Meaningful Trips will pair same-gender participants as roommates. If a roommate can not be found, you will be requested to pay 50% of the Single Supplement Fee.

SAVE Big!  Travel for Free!

Gather your friends, when 3 or more persons join our set tours together, each person saves $100.  Groups of 6-10 can pick a private departure of this tour, and each person saves $100.  based on availibility.

 

Payment Schedule and Cancellation Policy:

Payment

Deposit of $500 due at time of reservation. Final balance due 90 days prior to trip departure.

Cancellation
Any deposits made in 2020 for tours in 2021 can be cancelled for any reason and receive a full refund. As of Jan 01, 2021, if you cancel prior to departure (we need written notice), cancellation fees are:

91 or more days… $0
61 to 90 days… $500
31 to 60 days… 50% of Trip Cost
0 to 30 days… 100% of Trip Cost

Included:

  • 7 nights in hotels
  • Kayak, raft and Snorkel gear
  • English-speaking naturalist guides
  • Park entrance fees
  • Hanging Bridges, rafting, kayaking
  • Meals as per itinerary

NOT included:

  • International Airfare
  • Two domestic flights, approx $135 each
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Guide and camp staff gratuity

In Panama, we use modern, comfortable hotels with wifi, buffet breakfast, all amenities, and friendly staff.   Here are several of the hotels we use:

Boquete Garden Inn

hotel with colorful trees and plants

Hotel Bocas del Toro

Hyatt Place Panama City

 

 

Visa and passport

Must have a US Passport valid for 6 months from the tour end date. Visa is not required for USA citizens.

 

Safety

Panama is generally safe, but do be mindful and take precaution on the streets of Panama City, and after dark. As with all trips, it is always prudent to check with US Dept of State for country-specific safety information. And, follow these basic safety precautions: be aware of your surroundings, do not walk alone at night, use caution when using ATM, do not wear/flaunt jewelry,  make copies of important documents, be wary of public Wi-Fi, and use hotel safes when available.

 

Trip Insurance

Meaningful Trips highly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, delays, medical matters, and emergency evacuation. See our Link for Travel Insurance

 

Flights to Panama

Our starting and ending airport is Panama City Tocuman Airport (PTY).  Please do not purchase any airfare until you have received word form Meaningful Trips that your trip is confirmed with the necessary minimum number of passengers.  A hotel transfer will be arranged upon arrival.

 

Weather

The best times to visit Panama are the dry season from Mid-December to mid April. Panama has a tropical climate as its close to the equator. Daytime temperatures in the lowlands average 90 F, and much cooler in the highlands, averaging 68 F. From Mid-April to Mid-Dec, afternoon rains are typical, with mornings typically clear. October and November are the wettest months.

 

Lodging

This trip includes 7 nights in a comfortable hotels with all amenities.  (see ‘Hotel’ section on menu bar)

 

Activity Level:  Moderate

This is an active trip, all persons with a spirit of adventure are welcome. Swimming ability and being comfortable in the water is a huge help. Each day may feature a different activity, typically 2 – 3 hours. Hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, hanging bridges, novices welcome on all.  Minimum age: 14.

 

Food in Panama

With a Caribbean Sea, a Pacific Ocean and a canal that brought workers from all over the world, Panama offers travelers a diverse array of foods. Hotels offer bountiful buffet breakfast. Arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) is a popular dish; yuca and plantains are the most common vegetables; In Bocas del Toro, expect fresh seafood dishes. Try these traditional dishes: Patacones (fried plantain chips), Ropa Vieja (which means ‘old clothes’ is a beef stew with black pepper, cumin and oregano), and Sancocho de Gallina (light chicken soup with native cilantro, yuca and plantains).

 

Additional Trip Information

Prior to reserving your tour, please carefully review our ‘Pricing’, ‘How to Reserve’ and ‘FAQ’ sections for helpful information on topics such as cancellation penalties, inclusions, food, water, and more.

 

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the Meaningful Trips Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully. Additional pre-departure information including a Packing List, Medical Form, and Liability Release Form is emailed upon sign-up.

 

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Upon Sign-up, travelers receive a Packing List, Pre-Departure Info and Important Forms. And, here are answers to some common questions.

Do I Need a Passport for Panama?      Yes,

a passport is needed and must be valid for 6 months after your trip date.

 

Do I Need a Visa for Panama?               No.

As a tourist with a US Passport. No visa required.

 

Are vaccinations required for Panama?         No.

We highly recommend that all persons who travel internationally should be current on these three routine immunizations: Annual Influenza (flu) shot; Tetanus Booster (Tdap) (good for 10 years); and Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR).  Additionally, Hepatitis A is highly recommended for all international travelers. Meaningful Trips are not medical experts. Always consult your own doctor and always refer to the CDC website for updated vaccination and country-specific information.

 

Is Panama safe?                                        

Panama is generally safe, but do be mindful and take precaution on the streets of Panama City, and after dark. As with all trips, it is always prudent to check with US Dept of State for country-specific safety information. And, follow these basic safety precautions: be aware of your surroundings, do not walk alone at night, use caution when using ATM, do not wear/flaunt jewelry,  make copies of important documents, be wary of public Wi-Fi, and use hotel safes when available.

 

Do I need Travel Insurance?                 

Meaningful Trips always highly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, delays, medical matters and emergency evacuation.

 

When is the best time to go to Panama?      

The best times to visit Panama are the dry season from Mid-December to mid April. Panama has a tropical climate as its close to the equator. Daytime temperatures in the lowlands average 90 F, and much cooler in the highlands, averaging 68 F.  From Mid-April to Mid-December, afternoon rains are typical, with mornings typically clear. October and November are the wettest months.

 

How active is this Panama Multisport?        

This trip is rated Moderate. This is an active trip, all persons with a spirit of adventure are welcome. Swimming ability and being comfortable in the water is a huge help. Each day may feature a different activity, typically 2 – 3 hours. Hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, hanging bridges.   

 

What are hotels like in Panama?         

We use modern, comfortable hotels with wifi, buffet breakfast, all amenities, and friendly staff.  

 

What is the food like in Panama?       

With a Caribbean Sea, a Pacific Ocean and a canal that brought workers from all over the world, Panama offers travelers a diverse array of foods. Hotels offer bountiful buffet breakfast. Arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) is a popular dish; yuca and plantains are the most common vegetables; In Bocas del Toro, expect Caribbean and fresh seafood dishes. Try these traditional dishes: Patacones (fried plantain chips), Ropa Vieja (which means ‘old clothes’ is a beef stew with black pepper, cumin and oregano), and Sancocho de Gallina (light chicken soup with native cilantro, yuca and plantains).

 

Is the water safe to drink in Panama?           

Tap water is safe to drink in Panama City and Boquete.  It is recommended to avoid drinking tap water in Bocas del Toro. Hotel water is filtered and safe for drinking. Meaningful Trips is a member of TAP (Travelers Against Plastic); remember to always bring your reusable, refillable water bottle.  

 

What is luggage allowance on domestic flights?    This trip has two domestic one way flights on small aircraft. Luggage allowance per person is a strict 15 kilograms (33 pounds). So, please pack light to meet these allowances.

STEP 1 – Click ‘Book Now’ and Complete Reservation Form to Hold Your Space(s)

STEP 2 – Mail $500 Deposit via Check.

Reservation is guaranteed upon receipt of a $500 deposit per person. Deposits are held in Trust Account. Deposits are fully refundable for any reason if you cancel before Dec 31, 2020.  After Jan 01, 2021, regular cancellation policy applies.  Final Payment is due 90-days prior to departure and payable by Check, Zelle, Stripe, ApplePay, Visa, Mastercard.

Mail Check Deposit to:

Meaningful Trips
1416 NW 46th St
Suite 105-343
Seattle, WA 98107

 

Upon reserving a trip and submitting a deposit, each traveler will receive:

  • A Confirmation email
  • Invoice
  • Pre-departure Information
  • Trip Application with Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
  • Travel Insurance Information
  • Packing List
  • Medical Form

Terms & Conditions and Liability Release
At the time of Deposit, participants must read and agree to Meaningful Trips Terms and Conditions and Liability Release Form. Please read this information carefully.

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