Undiscovered Panama

Pacific Coast Exploratory

Mention Panama to anyone and it conjures up images of the Canal, rainforests, places like Bocas del Toro and the waters on the North coast inhabited by the Kuna Yala. These are the "discovered" parts. There's a hidden Panama that you seldom hear about, where you can camp on remote white sand beaches, dine with native cultures, paddle in grey whale calving grounds and swim with sea turtles.

Imagine having your own island for a few days amongst a few dozen small cayes that make up Golf de Chiriqui National Park. Tents are set up when you arrive, solar showers, clean sheets, pads and pillows...not your father's camping trip.  Fresh seafood, cold drinks, lovely caves and grottos and dozens of sea turtles surface and bob around you as you explore the outer coast in quality P &H Sea Kayaks. This is also where the Southern Grey Whale population comes to bear their young and we'll be getting in on the end of that season, so we may have a cetacean escort.  We begin this trip with a nigh in Panama City and a dugout canoe day tour up the Chagres River with the Embera tribe to see how they've lived for centuries on a river that became a canal.  Top off your week with an extension to the cloud-forest area up above Boquete, stay in a historic coffee finca and enjoy a terrific hike along down into town through a Quetzal inhabited forest.  



Itinerary:

Day 1) Arrive in Panama City. Overnight downtown.

Day 2)  Dugout  canoe tour of Embera native village on the Chagres River. Llunch with the locals. Return to overnight in Panama City. 

Days 3-6)   Fly to David, overland van transport to Boca Chica for boat transport to island camp. Spend the next three nights exploring by kayak, snorkeling, swimming, learning to ride waves, looking for whales, fishing for tuna, surfing hammocks and perfecting our mojito technique.  Night 6 spent at Boca Brava resort with amazing views and even better food. 

Day 7) After a hearty breakfast those heading home will transfer back to David for flights to Panama City and places north.  Those opting for the extension will continue on from David to Boquete via van. 

Day 7-8)  Overnight in historic alpine-like coffee plantation originally built as a retreat for the German engineers helping design the canal.  Hike down through the Quetzal trail to town. Your bags will already be delivered for our last night in Boquete, where days are warm and nights are cool.    

Day 9)  Transfer to David and flight back to Panama City for afternoon flights back to points north. 


Cost:

$1950 per person double occupancy
$650 additional per person double occupancy for Quetzal / Coffee Plantation / Hike Extension
Price includes guides, hotels, all local flights and overland transport, activities, backcountry food and all but a couple of restaurant meals. 

Registration:

A $300 registration is required to hold your reservation and is refundable until 30 days of departure.  Balance is due 30 days before departure. When we receive your deposit, you will receive a personal equipment list, a participant profile (so that we may tailor your trip to your interests and tastes in food), and any other pertinent info we can find. You can register on-line, by telephone or by mail.   

Dates for 2014:

TBA or by arrangement
Quetzal / Coffee Plantation / Hike extension: TBA or by arrangement

Don’t hesitate to call 231.882.5525 if you have questions about any of it at all!

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