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3 nights • Panama City & Canal • Spaniard Conquisatores Forts • Island Camping

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Panama City and Canal 
  • Caribbean Sea Kayaking
  • Island Camping
  • Portobelo National Park
  • Spaniard Conquistadores History
  • All-inclusive 3 nights land package
  • Ages: 12 and above
  • Gateway: Tocumen Intl. Airport 

Panama City is located by the Pacific Ocean; however, it is only 80 kms from the Atlantic Ocean. You will get to know  Panama City highlights,  the Panama Canal main components, Portobelo, once the most important fortfied city built in tthe Caribbean by  the Spaniard Conquistadores, and Mamey Island.

mamey colon panama city panama snorkeling panama kayak adventureMamey Island, one of the hidden Caribbean Islands in Panama, is a place full of peace and quietness, perfect to relax and unwind a bit, althought not in isolation, since it is fairly accessible. People are very friendly and there is a beautiful landscape, characteristic of our Panama. This is a small island (about 4000 m2) on the Costa Arriba of Colon province, just 200 meters from the shore and just over one nautical mile from the community of Puerto Lindo-part of Portobelo National Park. To the east is the larger island and beyond Linton, Isla Grande.

If you do a bit of research about Panama, you begin to quickly realize that it has a few distinct regions or zones. One of the most popular among them is the central area that is home to the capital-Panama City as well as some other provinces. Additionally, you may learn that Panama is surrounded by many archipelagos and islands. This was part of its initial appeal to Europeans who saw the area as sheltered and quite promising.

This is one of the reasons that the Colon Province was (and remains) a hub of business and commerce. Sitting close to Panama City, Colon is where you will find the world's second largest duty-free zone, and where finance and industry are still important sources of income. Perhaps this is why so many people overlook the area around Colon as a place of natural beauty and wonder. Perhaps they think - business, banking, and shipping and forget that- BUT it is also Panama.

Panama is Naturally Beautiful

If you do a bit of research about Panama, you begin to quickly realize that it has a few distinct regions or zones. One of the most popular among them is the central area that is home to the capital-Panama City as well as some other provinces. Additionally, you may learn that Panama is surrounded by many archipelagos and islands. This was part of its initial appeal to Europeans who saw the area as sheltered and quite promising.

This is one of the reasons that the Colon Province was (and remains) a hub of business and commerce. Sitting close to Panama City, Colon is where you will find the world's second largest duty-free zone, and where finance and industry are still important sources of income. Perhaps this is why so many people overlook the area around Colon as a place of natural beauty and wonder. Perhaps they think - business, banking, and shipping and forget that- BUT it is also Panama.

Panama is Naturally Beautiful

Visitors to the Colon Province are often pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the people in the rural area, and particularly those who inhabit the small islands in the Costa Arriba region. This is where Mamey Island is located just 200 meters from shore, and where you can enjoy a truly delightful kayaking adventure.

ITINERARY

1st Day:  Arrival, Panama City and Canal

We will wait for you at Tocumen International Airport to take you to your Panama City hotel for check in.

Depending on your arrival time we will either take you into full or partial  Panama City & Canal tour 

- You will visit Panama City main highlights;
The Casco Antiguo: Also called San Felipe, it showcases a spectacular view of Panama City and visits to historic buildings such as San Jose Church, The National Theater, The Metropolitan Cathedral, The old Slave Market and the Old Spanish Prisons.
 
Amador Causeway: A beautiful site where 3 islands were united with the mainland by using materials removed during the Panama Canal excavations.  You get to choose from several gourmet restaurants and enjoy the view of ships leaving the Canal and the city.
    
The Old Panama Ruins: A visit to the Old Panama Ruins, a strategic spot for the Spanish trade during colonial times (Old Panama Ruins is closed on Mondays).
   
- And you will also visit Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Visitor Center
    
At Miraflores  you are able to see real ships using its locks as elevators to go up from or down to the Pacific Ocean, and you can enjoy its museum and about the history and creation of the canal, its economic and strategic impact..
- Lodging at chosen Panama City hotel, Meals included: None
    

2nd Day:  Kayaking to Mamey Island 

We will pick you up at your Panama City hotel at 7:00 AM and head northeast reaching  La Guaira two hours later. From there, we can prepare our kayaks with gear and warm up by paddling over to the nearby Isla Grande in what will surprise you, turn out as one of the best Panama Kayak Adventure . We stop for lunch at this gorgeous spot, do a some stretching, and even take some time to check out the charming little town. When we are done with Isla Grande we turn our attention to Mamey Island.

Along the way we will paddle by Cabra and Linton, which are other small Panama Islands Caribbean. We may have some time to explore the coral reefs, mangroves, and some coastal areas of nearby islands before heading ashore and setting up camp around 4:00 PM. By 6:00 PM that evening we will all be relaxing around a cozy camp fire and getting rest for our next day of paddling.

- Lodging at Campsite on Mamey Island, Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

3rd Day:  Explore Mamey Island & Visit to Portobelo 

View Portobelo in a larger map

We wake up and enjoy breakfast around 8:00 AM and then take down the camp, leaving no sign that we were there. We spend time on the nearby beach, do a bit of snorkeling, and some paddling around the area before we return to the mainland and pack our gear for the ride home. The trip back includes a stop in historic Portobelo, where we enjoy lunch and make a brief tour if time allows.  We should be back in your hotel anytime in the afternoon after 5:00 PM.

We should be back to your Panama City hotel before sunset.

- Lodging at chosen Panama City hotel, Meals included: None

4th Day:  Panama Departure

We will pick you up at your hotel lobby 3 hours previous to your fligth to drive you to the airport. 

Depending on your previous arrival time and current departure time we will either take you into full or partial  Panama City & Canal tour to complete the program.  

- Meals included Breakfast

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ?

All mentioned transportation, rafts, kayaks, snorkeling, and specilized gear, camping equipment,  guides, day meals, and camping gear. Our guides are trained in paddling  skills, first-aid and CPR.
Lodging:  2 nights at choosen Panama City Hotel, 1 night camping; Catering: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

WHO CAN GO ?

Any person from twelve to sixty five year old,  in good health, and fit.  This trip it is not exclusive  for atheletes; but for anyone ready to hike up to three hours through irregular and muddy trails. This rules out persons that are heavy smokers, or overweight, or with a medical condition.  Minors must travel with a responsible adult.
 
WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? 

Take a small bag (it could be a drybag, or a bagpack with a inside plastic bag liner to keep content dry) with spare and sleeping clothes for one night, towel, personal higiene items, sandals, small flashlight, insect repellant, and sun lotion (we will move your small back so it will  always be waiting you at the end of each day. You should not plan on taking it  with you during day activiies).

The best clothing to wear on activities is dryfit, or licra type (avoid cotton). Be well covered and protect your body from sun exposure with clothes and a baseball type hat., Choose light boots with good soles, or sneaker, or strapped sandals. 

We will store your baggage left behind in our office or chosen hotel.

WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ? Any object than can be deteriorated by water or valuables like jewels, cash, credit cards, etc.

Further Details about Your Trip

Remember that Mamey island is part of Portobelo National Park, and this ensures that anyone kayaking in its waters is in for a treat. Consider the following description:

"This coastline includes important stretches of coral reefs, mangrove swamps, coastal lagoons and beautiful beaches, where every year four species of marine turtle, including the threatened hawksbill, come to nest. Within the park is one of the more beautiful natural harbors of all the Caribbean, the bay of Portobelo" 

This area was the first national park in all of Panama. It encompasses a tropical rain forest, is surrounded by coral reefs, and has all of the different varieties of mangroves. It contains both cultural and historic spots, and is obviously a fascinating placeto  enjoy one or two days of paddling and exploration.

Traveling to the island, you see that it is relatively uninhabited. There are a few scattered huts and hammocks, and a lovely field that is open for camping, but for the most part, the island is a destination that you will have almost entirely to yourself. The larger island of Isla Grande is nearby and may also serve as a spot for accommodation if someone else has beat you to the island on the day of your trip.

The other "residents"  of Mamey Island won't complain.  After all, you will find that you do have to share it with the many beautiful birds and seabirds that make a home on the island too. The small strip of beach is often covered with shells, and there are coral reefs that you can enjoy from the comfort of your kayak or from the shore. There is also a gentle hiking path that can be used by visitors without putting any of the land birds, or their nests, at risk.

The only "downside" to a kayaking adventure to Mamey Island is that it may not be an option for much longer. Spain purchased the island not long ago and it is actually currently listed for sale.

So, be sure to book a trip to Mamey Island soon because it may not be open to the public in the near future- when one will approach this secret island getaway only to see that it is now "Private Property" and a paradise lost to visitors!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? All mentioned transportation, expedition kayaks and snorkel gear, guides, tents, sleeping pads, camping gear, 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 blanket, a towel and a dry set of clothes for the trip back.

It's very important to pack only what you will require and use.  Also, make sure you pack it so that it'll stay dry, including your sleeping clothes and blanket.

WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ? Any object than can be deteriorated by water or valuables like jewels, cash, credit cards, etc.  Anything that you wont use such as extra clothing, make up, etc.

PRICES PER PERSON (US $) *** 

Basic Lodging:  Zen, Clarion Victoria 

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Comfortable Lodging: Aloft, Magnolia, Golden Tower  

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Premium Lodging:  Central, Bristol  

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*** Above prices are per person and assume lodging in double occupancy room.   For single or tripple  occupancy rooms  add  up indicated supplement charge

# Supplement Charge is an additional charge or credit to compensate default pricing used for shared doble occupancy.

 

SEASON

Year-round Panama kayak adventure. The rainy season in Panama starts in April-May and ends by November-December.

A strong north wind blows January through March, and the water is cooler.  The rest of the year there are chances of rain but usually there is better visibility for snorkeling, less waves, and the water is warmer.

 

NOTES:

Mamey Island is a favorite local destination.  For that reason we wont dare to visit it on weekends or holidays. It will be crowded, guaranteed.

Also, since it is a private island, its owner my change visiting policy any time.  If for any reason we can not camp on it there are other close by alternatives.

Garbage can be a problem.  This is not a remote location. It is heavily visited during weekends  and we have no control over others garbage disposal habits.  We do our best to keep it clean and make sure our groups sticks to our "leave no trace behind policy". Local people also do their best to keep it clean since it brings tourism income.

This trip can be added up to Guanche Hike which is in a close by location