Natural and Man-made Wonders of the Isthmus of Panama - Feb. 16-24, 2012

On this nine day adventure we will investigate one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken.  We will visit the world-famous Panama Canal and tour the Miraflores Locks.  Our guide will give us canal information in between canal broadcasted information.  It's great to read about the history of the Panama Canal.


We will take a minibus to the Chagres National Park and then take a dugout motorist canoe to an Emberá indigenous village.   We will be greeted with music from the villagers.  Our overnight stay will give us the opportunity to experience Emberá traditions, culture, dances and religion while we explore a variety of rainforest habitats, looking for wild life including monkeys, colorful birds, and two species of sloth.

For two days, we play Robinson Crusoe and stay on a San Blas Island, Isla Kuanidup, a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea.  Swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear water, viewing bird life, walking in the tropical jungles and visiting the Kuna Indians are an option.  They live on a tiny island and the only way to get there is by boat.

We will experience the best of Panama’s bio diversity by hiking in a cloud forest, stopping at the best biological reserve in the world managed by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island.  Barro Colorado Island alone is home to 115 mammal species, including 72 species of bats, 5 species of monkeys, agoutis, tapirs, coatimundis, sloths and peccaries. Its botanical wealth is similarly impressive: more than 1,200 plant species can be found on the Island.

Best of all, we will be there for Panama's Carnival which runs from February 18-22, 2012!!  Four days preceding Ash Wednesday.

This adventure will introduce you to amazing wonders that are the Isthmus of Panama!


Included in Cost of Trip
• Round-trip airfare from home to Panama City
• English/Spanish speaking multi-lingual guide
• 8 nights Accommodations and all meals
• Land transport as on itinerary
• All activity fees and guides
• All airport transfers in Panama
• Snorkeling on San Blas Islands


• Expedition boat tour to search for wildlife
• Round-trip airfare from Panama City to Playón Chico

Not Included in Cost of Trip
• Travel insurance (recommend to have your own travel insurance)
• Personal expenses (telephone, laundry, alcoholic drinks)
• Passport with room for at least 3 mos validity remaining

• Panama exit tax of $20
• Anything else not mentioned on itinerary
• Gratuities for Panamanian guides, (~$30)




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