(Panama City, Boquete, Boca Brava)
Watch the secret life of the rainforest unfold from your panoramic vantage point high atop a volcano as the steam rises from the humid jungle canopy far below.
Get an up-close view of huge ships passing through the narrow Panama Canal and Miraflores Locks in South America’s greatest engineering achievement. Take a tour of Panama’s charming colonial quarter and gear up for a thrilling white-water rafting adventure in the rapids of Rio Chiriqui Viejo River en route to a majestic 30-foot waterfall. Hike through the villages of Boquete and Cerro Punta where the Los Quetzales trail climbs steadily through rainforest and into tropical cloud forest. Climb through six climate zones on the challenging Baru Volcano hike where you’ll see views of both oceans from the highest point in Panama. You’ll also paddle through the remote island paradise of Panama’s Pacific coast and snorkel the crystalline waters surrounding Boca Brava.
This trip is not for the faint hearted. An experienced team of local guides will lead you deep into the rainforest where your fitness will be tested on a series of steep jungle hikes that will reward the faithful with incredible volcano-top views, remote waterfall lagoons and abundant wildlife sightings. Fortunately, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to rest and recharge in a collection of luxury boutique hotels and eco lodges.
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Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and English speaking professional driver.
Casa del Horno is located in Casco Antiguo, the capital's old quarter. Only 35 minutes away from the Tocumen International Airport, Casco Antiguo, warmly referred to as "Casco Viejo" by locals, is a charming bohemian neighborhood filled with hip bars, delightful restaurants, extraordinary art galleries and pedestrian walkways intertwined with over 400 years of history. Built within the Calicanto stonewalls and finished with delicate wooden details, each suite is equipped with state of the art bathrooms, imported Italian kitchens, top of the line wine fridges, LCD TVs with Satellite, Sony IPod docks and L'Occitane bathroom amenities, differencing each other only by size and specific amenities.
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 minutes drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. You will enjoy the view on the Locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of 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. 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. The tour continues to the Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the Casco Viejo you feel set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Fly from Panama City to David.
Travel to Boquete by private vehicle and driver.
Finca Lerida Ecolodge is nestled in the middle of our coffee plantation and surrounded by our private natural forest reserve. Wake up to the symphony of birds and to the aroma of our home grown “Finca Lerida” Estate Coffee brewed specially for you. Each of the 11 double rooms with private bathroom has its own porch, and a beautifull view of the valley and surrounding mountains. All the rooms are individually decorated and named after birds found in Finca Lerida Highlands.
The Palon Section (literally "big stick") of Rio Chiriqui Viejo river is a class III and IV with non stop excitement, pristine tropical forest, and more. Considerably narrower than its counterpart and dropping at a faster speed, the Viejo requires quick, tight maneuvering to get through the many rock gardens and enormous boulders and delivers continuous white water that contribute to its class IV ranking. This is a guaranteed ride of a lifetime for rafters seeking a thrill.During dry season (Dec.-May): During your decent down the river, you will stop for lunch at beautiful location. Here, you will take a short hike to an incredible picturesque 30 foot waterfall. This is a truly remarkable sight.During rainy season: (June-Nov.): With more water, and more speed, this time of the year is ideal for those searching for the biggest thrill. During this excursion, the river guide will lead a descent through the entire Palon section and most of the Sabo section of this river.Minimum age: 12 years Duration: 10 hours Includes: Transportation to and from Boquete, rafting equipment, English speaking guides and lunch Bring: clothes to swim (shorts, shirt, hat), dry clothes and towel for after the trip, sunscreen, water, shoes that will not come off your feet, copy of your passport.
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 climbs steadily (roughly 800 meters) as you pass from tropical rain forest to tropical cloud 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 strong 4x4 vehicle will take you to the ranger station in the park. Duration: 10 hours Includes: Roundtrip transportation from Boquete, English speaking ornithologist guide, picnic lunch Bring: Hiking shoes, long pants, rainjacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, water.
For the Baru Volcano Hike you will be picked up at 6 a.m. at your hotel. You will enjoy a lovely drive uphill to the Volcan Baru National Park Ranger Station. From there you will start the challenging hike to the highest point of Panama. Depending on your level of fitness you will reach the top between 4 and 6 hours. If the wheather conditions are good, you will be able to see both oceans from the top of the volcano. On the summit you will enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon you will hike back down, this takes between 3 and 5 hours. After the tour you will be dropped of at your hotel. While hiking up the volcano you will encounter 6 different climate zones: humid mountain forest, low humid mountain forest, low humid mountain rainforest, mountain rainforest, very humid mountain rainforest and pre-mountain rainforest. The average annual temperatures vary between 20°C at the Park Ranger Station to under 10°C on the top of the volcano.Duration: 13 hours Includes: Transportation, English speaking guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, water, juice, snacks Bring: Hiking shoes, long pants, rainjacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, water.
This day trip is perfect for beginner paddlers and those who want to spend an active day in the remote island paradise of Panama’s Pacific coast. You will paddle from Boca Chica to one of the nearby islands for a day of snorkeling, exploring and relaxing. Participants should be in good physical condition. This trip includes about 4 hours of moderate paddling.Minimum age: 10 years Duration: 8 hours Includes: Transportation to and from Boquete, boats, gear, guides and lunch Bring: clothes to swim (shorts, shirt, hat), dry clothes and towel for after the trip, sunscreen, water, shoes to explore the island, copy of your passport
You will picked up and transfered from Boquete by private vehicle and professional English speaking driver to Boca Chica
Travel by boat to the island of Boca Brava.
Spend time at leisure to enjoy this lush island paradise. Optional activities include fishing, snorkeling, whale watching (seasonal), surfing, horseback riding and more! Activities listed are subject to additional costs.
Boutique Hotel Cala Mia, a luxury Eco island Resort in the archipelago of Chiriqui, Panama, winner of Fodor’s Choice Award 2010: an unforgettable total immersion in nature: palm-lined virginal white sand beaches, private boat trips to uninhabited islands, kayaking into mangroves, bird watching, whale- and monkey-watching, swimming, snorkeling, surfing or world class sport fishingEnjoy our pool or spa. Sample from our menu: proudly Italian with tropical touches: new world gourmet cuisine: most ingredients from Cala Mia’s own organic gardens and dairy-farm.No additives, no colorings and 100% solar-powered: we turn simplicity into chic luxury: stylish, tasteful, unsurpassable!
Enjoy an incredible day of fishing or snorkeling in the beautiful islands Bolaños & San Jose. Bolaños Islands are several small islands each with its own personality, attraction and charm with its white sand beaches and its lush jungle vegetation. In every corner you discover on the island you will find even more spectacular sceneries. The islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters that offer a possibility of an extraordinary snorkeling. Bolaños Islands are famous for humpback whale watching during season (from July to November); it is also common to find sea turtles nesting, green iguanas and tiny green and black frogs. San Jose Island is a mini archipelago that consists of one main island and two other small islands. San Jose is famous for its forest and freshwater sources and as night shelter for local fishermen during rough sea. The islands are very picturesque with white sand beaches and transparent water. Its abundant fishgrounds are a good option to enjoy amateur fishing.Duration: 3 hours Included: Transportation, Boat Captain, Snorkeling Gear Bring: Swimm suit, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water
Travel by boat to Boca Chica
You will picked up and transfered from Boca Chica by private vehicle and professional English speaking driver to Boquete.
Fly from David to Panama City.
Steve Walling ,
January 20, 2014
"We are home safe and sound from the best vacation I can remember. It seemed seamless to us but I know that you worked very hard to make our experience so good.
The guides and drivers were always punctual and reliable. They were very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. They provided us with very helpful information and helped us work on expanding our Spanish. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were very nice.
I especially appreciate our ability to update our plans while we were in Costa Rica. The zip lines were the highlight of our trip. I hate to think we almost missed out by not including it in our original plan.
You have made a friend and supporter for life. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know going to Costa Rica. Thank you, again.
Steve and Andrea
Merrel Bowles ,
November 07, 2013
"I would highly recommend this company for overseas travel. We had personal drivers that spoke perfect English and were also very knowledgeable in conversation pertaining to their country. Drivers were always early and eager to please. Your wish was their command!!!Every tour included educated guides who knew how to make our experience fun and exciting! I loved having personal drivers and guides, as well as many inclusive meals. We will definitely use this company for future travels."
April 09, 2013
"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing. The whole family thinks its the best we've ever taken! Kensington did an excellent job of organizing everything. The two hotels they picked were amazing.
Arenal -- The Springs Resort & Spa was almost too good since as soon as the family saw it they wanted to cancel activities so they could take full advantage of all it offered. We ultimately did cancel the safari to give us a free day to spend a day at the spa, pools and Club Rio (riding the river in innertubes!). The activities Kensington setup were excellent and very adventurous. Our favorite was canyoneering (repelling), We were all terrified at the first drop-off! It's more thrilling the zip lining (also lots of fun) and river rafting (a blast as well).
Manuel Antonio -- The Preserve at Los Altos was very nice. It was like staying in a 3 bedroom apartment at a boutique hotel (same feel as Athenum in London but nicer). The drive to get there was a bit long but worth it when our driver made a surprise stop at the the "crodillio bridge". The tour through Manuel Antonio National Park is a must do for nature lovers (3 types of monkeys, sloths, etc). Our guide was excellent. If you go MA NP, try Kapi Kapi for dinner.
I'd highly recommend using Kensington (Brandi was our rep) for a Costa Rica trip. Thanks for hooking us up with them.
L Huber ,
April 03, 2013
We returned yesterday from our wonderful Costa Rican vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. We loved staying at the El Silencio (the kids would have liked to stay even longer so we could have taken some of the nature hikes). Being surrounded by the cloud forest was an amazing sensation that really helped us to feel that we were in a completely different world and was a perfect way to begin the trip. Maria Lucia was a very kind tour guide and showed us the all sites in a huge day (the waterfalls, Poas volcano, the coffee plantation & Sarchi). The staff at El Silencio was wonderful and Jeff and I very much enjoyed the food and the very elaborate wine tasting there.
In La Fortuna the activities ruled. We loved everything, the exhilarating waterfall rappelling, the zip lining (& tiger swing - the kids LOVED IT) the volcano hike and we had a FANTASTIC time on the river safari with Gerald and his friend Tom. Gerald was a great guide and was able to share many stories while letting us see the wildlife. We saw a spectacular Toucan flock and of course the monkeys were a huge hit. Ending up at the farm was a fun end note to the trip. Of course we enjoyed the hot springs at the Tabacon - they are pretty amazing. Jeff and I had a chance to have a massage at the Tabacon spa and it was spectacular. The service at the hotel was lovely and our room did have a beautiful view of the volcano. I think the hot springs & spa are far superior at the Tabacon.
Alex drove us from both El Silencio to La Fortuna and then from La Fortuna to Punta Islita (that is a lot of driving and he did a great job - he was so friendly and made the travelling very enjoyable). On the way to La Fortuna he made a point of showing us the Iguana restaurant and it was a great wayside stop for everyone.
Punta Islita was stunning. Our villa Ilan Ilan was ideal, the view and the setting were spectacular. The kids loved the pool (when they weren't swimming & playing in the ocean), Jeff loved being able to finally drive around a bit like a native (the villa came with a small 4 wheel car), and I enjoyed waking up every morning to see the sunrise over the cliffs at the ocean's edge, and hear the incredible variety of birds (and on the last day even the howler monkeys). We enjoyed so many of the activities the hotel had to offer. Andrey & Hector and the whole staff were so warm and hospitable. They really worked hard and made every effort to make our stay so much fun. Hector helped us plan some more zip lining, surf lessons, a dolphin sighting/fishing boat trip and a sunset horseback ride which was the perfect way to wrap up the trip.
Ronald picked us up and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Ronald was very interested in showing us the wildlife as we drove through the different areas and we really enjoyed that.
Everywhere we went the people were absolutely wonderful, kind, and proud to show us their country and it made our trip spectacular.
Erika, thank you for all you did to help make the trip such a huge success.
Anthony Sokol ,
March 11, 2013
We are home with many good memories from our stay in Panama.
We found your guides and drivers to be always on time and very instructive, especially in David/Bouquette/Amistad. We liked the Panamonte Hotel in Bouquette.
Since the Amistad Park was closed due to rain on the day we arrived, we toured a Race horse breeding farm, Cerre Punte, which was magnificent and might be a consideration for your future guests
Your choice of itinerary in Panama City was quite informative and complete considering the limited time we had.
All in all, we were quite pleased with Kensington Tours in general.
Anthony and Barbara
Karen Werner ,
February 12, 2013
P and I want to thank you so much for all of your help in setting up our trip! It was a wonderful week in Panama--we loved every minute. And we especially appreciated you taking care of the hotel reservation glitch. Your partner in Panama was really great to work with--they did a wonderful job and were very professional. Everything worked like clockwork with them. We look forward to working with you again!
K and P Werner "
January 13, 2013
"My husband and I are "Boomers" and veteran world-wide travelers, from our early days with Eurail passes and VW Vans to the present! As such, we are not content with the group tours that "herd" you around and show you the tourist photo-op sites. However, as a busy medical professional I don't have time to carefully put together the type of trip that we want to have in places we have never been before. What a delight and relief to have discovered Kensington tours! Our trip to Costa Rica was the epitome of personalized, professional, and exceptional service. All our drivers and guides were wonderful - Barbara Franz, our naturalist guide in Manuel Antonio National Park was a standout. Our hotels and lodges in San Jose, Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were unique, lovely, and very comfortable. We are recommending Kensington to all our friends and are already trying to decide where we will go next. Maybe Africa, maybe New Zealand! We cannot say enough about Kensington's commitment to excellence! When it can be hard to wade through the mediocre, such professionalism is refreshing. Thank you Brandi for all you did to make our trip memorable!"
jack Lester ,
February 06, 2013
"Had a wonderful experience with Kensington and our agent Nella. Everything went very smoothly and we loved the accommodations. The trip was an adventure we will never forget and Kensington made it a worry free trip.
Kimberly Dellinger ,
August 22, 2012
Ariana & I absolutely LOVED our trip to Costa Rica. This trip was even better than we had hoped or expected. The quality of the different hotels was excellent, and I was quite frankly surprised at how "deluxe" our rooms were when I was expecting more "average" type of lodging. We were thrilled & loved each place we stayed and we have told all our friends & family about this exceptional customer service. The tour guides were AMAZING, so knowledgable, friendly, spoke great English, & were willing to help us learn Spanish & the culture. We were so happy that we were able to do the different activities-- Canyon Rappelling in Arenal, Venado Cave Tour near Arenal, ziplining in Monteverde, The Springs, and the different rainforest tours. All these activities-- and the other activities along the way-- were WONDERFUL, and we felt very safe and well-cared for during our excursions. The travel arrangements & private vehicles were great- we were very comfortable & the drivers were very professional & prompt. We were treated so well that we felt like royalty!
I am telling all my friends, co-workers, family members and my patients ( I work in a dental office) about how wonderful the Costa Rica trip was with my daughter & how great the service & planning was with Kensington Tours. I have given your name to several people & hope that you'll get referrals from those I've talked with! I am definitely planning on traveling abroad again and plan to go through you and Kensington Tours when I do. My next goal is to plan a trip (maybe Europe or return to Costa Rica?) for my teenage son & I to do together in the next year or so.
My sincerest gratitude to you for making our Costa Rica trip SPECTACULAR! Well done! Below, you will see my responses to the survey (as you can see, I'm not very prompt about checking email, but eventually I get around to it!) you sent a few days after we arrived back home. Let me know if there's any problems reading my responses-- I rated everything "excellent" because that's what it was/is!
Kimberly (& Ariana) Dellinger
Dana H ,
July 09, 2012
"The trip was excellent and everything was very smooth. The hotels & guides were all great. I would definitely travel with Kensington Tours again & recommend it to family & friends! Additionally, I would like to start thinking about planning my Africa trip. I am interested in Kenya & Tanzania."
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