Cloudforest & Caribbean Islands

9 days from $3,024 per person*
  • Embark on a dolphin watching excursion in Isla Popa.
  • Explore the colonial sites and canal of Panama City.
  • Hike through tropical cloud and rainforests in search of wildlife.
  • Swim and snorkel alongside beautiful coral and tropical fish.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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From the metropolis of colonial Panama city to Chiriquí - home to Panama’s tallest mountains, longest rivers and most fertile valleys, and the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro with its warm, cerulean Caribbean Sea, this trip has a little bit of everything!

Undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America, Panama City is both a gateway to the country’s natural riches and a vibrant destination in its own right. The locks of the Panama Canal offer great viewing opportunities to marvel at this engineering feat, while the historical part of town gives a sense of bygone days with colonial houses and impressive buildings which come alive in the company of a knowledgeable private guide. The province of Chiriquí boasts hundreds of different species of birds as well as the only volcano in the country. A guided hike through this lush landscape may well uncover a wildlife sighting or two! From mountain to coast, complete your journey with some r&r island time in the picture-perfect archipelago of Bocas del Toro.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
  • Day 2 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Tour - Private - City Tour and Miraflores Locks (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Panama City to David to Boquete
    Panama City to David to Boquete
    • Transfer - Private - Albrook Domestic Airport (30 min) - Vehicle/ English speaking Driver(3)
    • Panama City - David [Direct (1 hr)] - One Way/Economy
    • David - Boquete [(40 mins)] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Boquete
    Boquete
    • Tour - Private - Quetzal Trail Trek Cerro Punta - Boquete (with picnic lunch, 7-8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Boquete to Bocas del Toro to Isla Popa
    Boquete to Bocas del Toro to Isla Popa
    • Boquete - Almirante [(3.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Boat - Bocas del Toro - Isla Popa - shared service
    • Meals Included at Laguna Azul
    • Shared - Excursion Options
    • Shared - Snorkeling
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Isla Popa
    Isla Popa
    • Shared - Zapatilla Keys Excursion
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Isla Popa
    Isla Popa
    • Shared - Dolphin and Turtle Watching
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Isla Popa to Bocas del Toro to Panama City
    Isla Popa to Bocas del Toro to Panama City
    • Boat - Isla Popa - Bocas del Toro - shared service
    • Bocas del Toro - Panama City [Direct (1.25 hr)] - Economy (one way)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 9 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Transfer - Private - Tocumen International Airport (1 hr) - Vehicle/Driver(3)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Panama City

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking guide waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Accommodation: TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro (3.5*)

The TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro is located in the heart of Panama City in the upscale El Cangrejo, Bella Vista neighborhood just 15 miles from Tocumen International Airport. The hotel has 90 rooms equipped with the best technology including free Wi-Fi, to help you stay productive while you travel. Take the time to enjoy the Panama City sunlight at the outdoor pool. There is a fitness center incorporating the most innovative contemporary equipment as well as a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. There is also a Gastro Bar to satisfy your taste buds.

Panama City
Panama City
TRYP by Wyndham Panama
TRYP by Wyndham Panama

Day 2: Panama City

Your English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a private tour to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. You will start the tour with a 30 minute drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are from 9am to 10am and from 2pm to 5pm, so you will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. Enjoy the view on the locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations from your guide. To complete the visit of the Canal you will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you a good idea on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project.

After the visit to the Canal, continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views on the Canal on one side and on the skyline of Panama City on the other side.
Lunch will be served in a Panamanian restaurant on the causeway.

After lunch, the tour continues to the Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. Take in the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches in this part of the city which may well remind you of bygone days. You will get a good idea about Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this quarter. Continue on to Panama Viejo, the Old Panama. Panama Viejo was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas and unfortunately, was looted and destroyed by the notorious English bucaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left, however the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel.

Included: Transportation from and to Panama City hotel, English speaking driver/guide, entrance fees and lunch.

Please note: Depending on ship traffic in the locks the order of the tour might be inverted to try to ensure that you will  see ships in the locks.

Accommodation: TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro (3.5*)
Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo Colonial Quarter
Casco Viejo Colonial Quarter

Day 3: Panama City - David - Boquete

Sit back and relax on your private airport transfer with an English speaking professional driver in Panama city. This transfer should take approximately 30 minutes.

Fly from Panama City to David. The direct flight takes approximately 1 hour.

Travel to Boquete by private vehicle and driver. This transfer will take approximately 40 minutes.

Accommodation: Finca Lerida

Located in an exclusive private nature reserve approximately 15 - 20 mins from the center of Boquete, Finca Lerida Boutique Hotel and Plantation is nestled in the middle of its own coffee plantation. Finca Lerida Boutique Hotel and Planation is  surrounded by a private natural forest reserve with over 550 different species of birds which makes it the ideal place for bird watching in the Highland region of Chiriqui. The property is also bordered by the VolcanBaru National Park, which has the only volcano in Panama. Further afield lies the La Amistad International Park, a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. Wake up to the symphony of birds and to the aroma of home grown “Finca Lerida” Estate Coffee brewed specially for you! Please note that given the remote location of this property, cellphone and data communication may not be reliable.

Boquete
Boquete
Finca Lerida
Finca Lerida

Day 4: Boquete

The Los Quetzales trail unites the two communities of Boquete and Cerro Punta and is one of Panama’s most visited and popular hikes, named for a particular species of bird called the Resplendent Quetzal. Quite elusive, these birds are a magnificent and rare treat to observe and are a favorite among many birding enthusiasts. In addition to the Quetzal, there are more than 220 other bird species native to the area. From Cerro Punta to Boquete, the 10 km trail goes down steadily (roughly 800 meters) as you pass from tropical cloud forest to tropical rain forest and takes approximately 4-6 hours of hiking to complete. The tour starts with a two hours drive from Boquete to Cerro Punta where your hiking adventure on the Quetzal Trail starts. A normal a/c motorcoach takes you to the ranger station in the park. At the end of the hike you will be transferred for approximately 30 minutes back to your hotel.

(Includes picnic Lunch, Roundtrip transportation from Boquete and English speaking naturalist guide. Bring: Hiking shoes, long pants, rainjacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, water. Special notes: Minimum 2 passengers. Good physical condition is required).

Accommodation: Finca Lerida
Wildlife
Wildlife

Day 5: Boquete - Bocas del Toro - Isla Popa

Transfer to Almirante by private vehicle and professional driver. The transfer should take approximately 3.5hrs.

Enjoy the shared boat transfer from Boca Town to Laguna Azul on Isla Popa.

Three meals a day are included during your stay at Laguna Azul. Lunch will be either at the property or a packed lunch if you are on an excursion. Snacks are available throughout the day and beverages including non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (national).

While at Laguna Azula, you will also have the option to enjoy various land and water based excursions and activities. Excursions are led by local guides. Please note that the excursion descriptions below do not follow any specific order but are given merely for informational purposes. 

Situated within the region of Bastimentos National Marine Park and Red Frog Beach, there is ample fine snorkeling surrounding Laguna Azul.  Snorkeling can easily be done at the foot of the hotel where you will discover corals, sea stars, crabs and a host of small fish swimming among the roots that surround the hotel. The calm and crystal clear waters of a deep turquoise, with an average visibility of 20 meters and between 28 and 29 degrees centigrade, make a paradise for both diving enthusiasts and snorkelers.

Accommodation: Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel

Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel was designed as a place to enjoy the tranquility & overwhelming natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea. A few steps from your room lies an ecosystem of the mangroves, corals and a huge marine biodiversity. The Lodge lies in a stunning position on the shores of Isla Colon, has spacious rooms, including living, dining and a beautiful gallery. Whether in the floating deck or in the solarium, guests are tempted to sunbathe, enjoy a drink, have a exotic massage or watch the sky. The 6 suites are ocean view with balcony. Large, comfortable closet and spacious bathrooms allow guests to enjoy the Caribbean jungle at its best.

Popa Island
Popa Island
Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel
Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel

Day 6: Isla Popa

Experience an amazing day of swimming, snorkeling, and pure relaxation on this full day shared tour to Zapatilla Keys. Zapatilla Keys are a group of two uninhabited islands on a coral platform that are surrounded by reefs. Located inside the Bastimentos Island National Park, Zapatilla Keys are considered the most beautiful and best Caribbean beaches of the area. Tall palm trees, white sand, coral reefs and turquoise water are some of the features of these unique beaches. Recommended: snorkeling where the waters are calm to have better visibility.

Accommodation: Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel
Zapatilla Keys
Zapatilla Keys

Day 7: Isla Popa

The dolphin is a marine mammal that dwells in open sea waters around the Bocas del Toro area. In this shared excursion, you will witness how dolphins live and play in their natural environment. Be prepared to also experience turtles in the wild and see their impressive spawning canal. The mating season ranges from March to September during which guests can easily see this natural spectacle. Four of the eight turtle species identified in the world visit the area: white or green, hawksbill, loggerhead and bighead.

Accommodation: Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel
Dolphins
Dolphins

Day 8: Isla Popa - Bocas del Toro - Panama City

Say goodbye to this piece of paradise and enjoy the views on your shared boat transfer from Laguna Azul on Isla Popa to Boca town.

Fly from Bocas del Toro to Panama City. The transfer will take approximately 1.25 hours.

Enjoy a private vehicle transfer from the Airport to your hotel in Panama City.

Accommodation: TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro (3.5*)

Day 9: Panama City

Relax on your private airport transfer with a professional driver in Panama city. This transfer will take approximately 1 hr. Please note, drivers speak English as a second language.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro (3.5*): Panama City

The TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro is located in the heart of Panama City in the upscale El Cangrejo, Bella Vista neighborhood just 15 miles from Tocumen International Airport. The hotel has 90 rooms equipped with the best technology including free Wi-Fi, to help you stay productive while you travel. Take the time to enjoy the Panama City sunlight at the outdoor pool. There is a fitness center incorporating the most innovative contemporary equipment as well as a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. There is also a Gastro Bar to satisfy your taste buds.

TRYP by Wyndham Panama
TRYP by Wyndham Panama

Finca Lerida: Boquete

Located in an exclusive private nature reserve approximately 15 - 20 mins from the center of Boquete, Finca Lerida Boutique Hotel and Plantation is nestled in the middle of its own coffee plantation. Finca Lerida Boutique Hotel and Planation is  surrounded by a private natural forest reserve with over 550 different species of birds which makes it the ideal place for bird watching in the Highland region of Chiriqui. The property is also bordered by the VolcanBaru National Park, which has the only volcano in Panama. Further afield lies the La Amistad International Park, a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. Wake up to the symphony of birds and to the aroma of home grown “Finca Lerida” Estate Coffee brewed specially for you! Please note that given the remote location of this property, cellphone and data communication may not be reliable.

Finca Lerida
Finca Lerida
Finca Lerida
Finca Lerida

Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel: Isla Popa

Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel was designed as a place to enjoy the tranquility & overwhelming natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea. A few steps from your room lies an ecosystem of the mangroves, corals and a huge marine biodiversity. The Lodge lies in a stunning position on the shores of Isla Colon, has spacious rooms, including living, dining and a beautiful gallery. Whether in the floating deck or in the solarium, guests are tempted to sunbathe, enjoy a drink, have a exotic massage or watch the sky. The 6 suites are ocean view with balcony. Large, comfortable closet and spacious bathrooms allow guests to enjoy the Caribbean jungle at its best.

Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel
Laguna Azul Eco Boutique Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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