- 1 full day of sea kayaking
- Sea food lunch
- Coral reef snorkeling
- All-inclusive package
- Historic Spaniard fortress
- Age: 9 and up
- Gateway: Panama City
In 1502 Portobelo was discovered and named by Christopher Columbus when his vessels sought shelter in the "beautiful port" from a storm. In 1596, even before it was officially founded, Portobelo suffered its first attack at the hands of Sir Frances Drake. Drake died of fever before he could capture Portobelo. He was secretly buried at sea off the entrance to the harbor.
|The town was officially founded in 1597 and was given the name of San Felipe de Portobelo in honor of King Philip II of Spain. During the late l6th and early l7th century Portobelo was the principal Spanish trade port on the Atlantic for all of South America. The exchange of merchandise took place annually at the Portobelo trade fair which lasted from 30 to 60 days. During this time, Portobelo was a beehive of activity.|
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Tour begins by picking up guests in Panama city at 7:00 a.m., to take them on a bus to Portobelo.
We will visit Santiago Fort, Portobelo(Geronimo Fort and Customs House), and around 9:00 a.m., the tour proceeds by paddling, for about 30 minutes, to the other cannon battery built by the conquistadores to protect the bay. We walk and learn about the ruins history. Go back to the kayaks to paddle out to sea where after 20 minutes of rowing, we arrived at a beach to relax and do snorkeling.
We will have lunch in San Lorenzo, one of the oldest Spanish fortifications in the Caribbean. For this reason it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Register. It was completed in 1601 at the mouth of the Chagres river with the purpose of protecting the entrance to the navigable portiio of the Camino Real, which led to Panama City. It was this path that Henry Morgan used to loot the Panama in 1671.
At aproximatelly 11:00 a.m., we will start an exciting two hour sea kayak tour in Portobelo. Afterwards we have a lunch (pulpo con arroz con coco).
Be ready to get some memorable rainforest pictures!
We should arrive to the original pick up place around 5:00 p.m.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? All mentioned transportation, expedition kayaks and snorkel gear, guides, and meals. Our guides are trained in kayak navigation skills, first-aid and CPR.
WHO CAN GO ? Any person from twelve to seventy years old, in good health. Minors must travel with a responsible adult.
WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? A pair of shorts for navigating, sneakers or strapped sandals, a cap, sun-block, a light jacket or windbreaker (in case of rain), a towel and a dry set of clothes for the trip back.
WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ? Any object than can be deteriorated by water or valuables like jewels, cash, credit cards, etc.
USD $ 165.00 per person
Group leader will go free for a group of more than ten persons.