The thinnest link between Central and South America,
Panama became the centre of Spanish exploration and expansion at the beginning
of the 16th century, after its discovery in 1501. Panama is rich in history
and man-made achievements, from its pre-Colombian history to some of its
modern man-made engineering features, such as the Panama Canal, whose daring
will take your breath away. Major Indian tribes are the Guaymies, Cunas
and Chocoe Indians, related to the Mayans in the north and the Chibchas
of Colombia. Some of the noted explorers and conquistadors to have passed
through the area are the Spaniards Bilboa and Francisco Pizarro, the Englishman
Sir Frances Drake and the Frenchman Ferdinand de Lesseps.
3 days / 2 nights
Day 1: Panama
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Panama
Half day tour of Panama City visiting the outstanding
places in old and new Panama City, continuing onto the famous Miraflores
Locks to see how the Panama Canal is operated.
Day 3: Panama
3 days / 2 night
Day 1: Panama-Contadora
Transfer to local airport for your flight to Contadora
Beach, located in the Perla Islands, approximately 20 minutes away.
Day 2: Contadora
Explore the island with its numerous coves and secluded
beaches, or perhaps have a few sets of tennis, try your luck at the 9 hole
golf course or take a charter fishing boat trip.
Day 3: Contadora-Panama
Return transfer to the airport for your flight to Panama
and onward travel.
3 days / 2 nights
Day 1: Panama-Taboga
Morning transfer to the dock for your launch transfer
to Taboga, the "Island of Flowers". Enjoy a variety of flowers that seem
to be in bloom all year round. This charming laid back community boasts
colourful history dating back to the Spanish Main. It was settled just
two years after Bilboa discovered the Pacific and it was from Taboga that
Pizarro set out on his conquest of Peru. Pirates made it a stronghold from
which to prey on treasure laden traffic from Panama. It houses the second
oldest church in the western hemisphere, and the serenity of the island
is seldom broken. (L,D)
Day 2: Taboga
Day at leisure to bask in the tropical sun and explore
the wonders of the island. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Taboga-Panama
Return launch from Taboga to Panama City and onward