40's - 50's and 60's Singles Vacations
Jungle - Beaches - Cities
March 13 - March 22, 2015
Panama lies at the center of the world, it's the last part of a natural land-bridge between the North and South American continents. The Panama Canal is just the start of this singles adventure vacation. Explore dense rainforests with abundant wildlife, raft pristine rivers, zip among the mountains, enjoy fabulous duty-free shopping and relax on beautiful beaches.
Panama Explorer Vacation Itinerary
Vacation Day 1 – Welcome to Panama!
Today at the appropriate time an EcoCircuitos guide will be meet you at the Tocumen International Airport to assist and transfer you to your hotel located in Panama City. You will also receive an EcoCircuitos information kit. Once arrival, please check in and overnight.
Vacation Day 2 – Full Day City Tour
During our half-day morning tour we will visit the ruins of Old Panama, climb up the Cathedral tower, visit the Old Panama Museum and then continue to Casco Viejo (the old city compound), which dates back from the late 1600's. Our tour guide will describe the events in history leading up to the eventual movement of the capital city to its present location. Casco Viejo is home for monuments of Ferdinand de Lesseps and other Frenchmen instrumental in the ill-fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through Panama. Our morning ends with a visit to the Panama Canal Museum.
In the afternoon we visit the Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal where large ships can be seen transiting the canal. Enjoy a presentation by the Panama Canal Authority on the history of the Canal and marvel at the workings of this feat of human engineering. Our day continues to the Panama Canal area, including the town of Balboa, formerly part of the Panama Canal Zone.
Tonight enjoy our Welcome Dinner together.
Vacation Day 3 – Indigenous Encounter with Embera community
Today we travel to visit the Quera Embera Community in Colon province. This active Emberá village proudly hosts visitors to share their traditions and cultures. Quera is a community of about 50 residents. Notice that Emberá women wear brightly colored wrap skirts called parumas and the men wear traditional cloths and beaded jewelry. The Emberá are master artisans in Panama, known for our woven baskets and masks as well as the quality wood carvings of cocobolo and intricate tagua carvings. Listen to the traditional music and watch the dance of the Emberá, as you explore their community. After a traditional Embera lunch we will be heading back to our hotel.
Vacation Day 4 – Jungle Boat Tour and Hiking Soberania National Park
After breakfast our Naturalist Guide will take us for a 45 minute drive to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal. Here we board a boat and travel off on an adventure that includes an expedition across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, passing by gigantic cargo ships transiting the waterway. Along the way, spot Green iguana and Threetoed sloth resting on tree branches, Crocodile, Osprey in the hunt for Peacock bass, Snail kite and Keel-billed toucan among other wildlife. Our boat gets close to rainforest covered islands so keep an eye out for White-faced Capuchin, Mantled Howler Monkey, Central American Spider Monkey, and Geoffrey’s Tamarin. After our boat ride we travel to Soberania National Park for a hiking tour around the trails of the lush forest.
Vacation Day 5 – Bocas del Toro Archipelago
Today at the appropriate time we will be transferred to Albrook airport for our flight to Bocas del Toro. After arrival to your hotel located on Isla Colon, please check-in and overnight. Isla Colon was the first island visited by Christopher Columbus on October 5, 1502. Also in 1745, English pirates successfully set up a base here to trade live turtles, sarsaparilla, tortoise shells and mahogany. By 1890 the pirates were gone and a flourishing banana plantation business began. Today, the nine islands and 251 cays that form the archipelago are a haven for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.
Vacation Day 6 – Bastimentos Marine National Park Tour
After breakfast we will have a tour in the Bastimentos Marine National Park. There will be an opportunity to snorkel in Cayo Coral, go beach combing, visit the Lagua Bocatorito to see the dolphins. Then we will enjoy an outdoor lunch.
In the afternoon we can walk through the mangroves of the park to reach the beach of red frogs Bastimentos Island and enjoy the beautiful beach. After our wonderdal day we will be transferred to our Bocas Island hotel.
Vacation Day 7 – Bocas Del Toro
Free day or take an optional tour.
* Visit some of the most exotic and isolated virgin beaches located on the different Islands of the Archipelago.
* Snorkel at the Coral Reefs of the bay to see different varities of corals, tropical fishes and starfishes.
* Boat ride through the Islands to visit Indian Communities.
* Hike in the rainforest to view the flora and fauna.
* Boat tour to see dolphins in their natural living habitat.
* Visit Bocas town to buy handcrafts and to admire the afro Caribbean colonial architecture style.
Vacation Day 8 – Bocas Del Toro to Panama City
Time to apprecite the nature of the island before we transfer to Bocas Domestic Airport for our flght to Panama City. Upon arrival we will check in to our hotel. Time to relax before our night time festivities. Enjoy our Farewell dinner at a local restaurant and then watch a folkloric show with live music performed using typical instruments of Panama.
Vacation Day 9 – Departure Day
Sad to say but our Panama Explorer singles vacation has come to an end. At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the Tocumen International Airport for your flight home. Have a safe flight!
Panama Explorer Singles Vacation
Dates: March 13 - March 22, 2015
Singles Vacation Includes
* 8 Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast Daily - 3 Dinners
* English Speaking Travel Leader
* Guided Tours, Admissions and Activites per itinerary
* Private Transportation
* Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
* All Taxes and Surcharges
*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides free roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $890
* International Airfare
* Tips $90 collected on first day
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Balance Due January 28, 2015