Advantage Panama

Birdwatcher's Paradise in Panama

For many years, this tiny country roughly the size of South Carolina, was only known for the engineering Wonder of the World that connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans: the Panama Canal. However, during the last few years, more and more people are starting to discover the vast natural and cultural wonders that Panama has to offer.

Rainforest Land and Water Expedition

With only 48,287 acres, the Soberania National Park contains an outstanding biodiversity including most of the 500 different bird species recorded for the Canal watershed. No wonder the Panama Audubon Society has set world record bird counts here. Besides birds, we can find a great assortment of mammals, insects, as well as tropical plants.

After we pick you up at your hotel we will go for an early stroll through the rainforest where we will learn about various organisms including insects, medicinal plants, and perhaps sight some colorful bids like toucans, parrots, motmots, trogons, among other possibilities.

Afterwards, we will board our boat for an aquatic sightseeing tour of the rainforests of Gatun Lake of the Panama Canal. Along the way we will not only see different vessels transiting the Canal, but a variety of fauna, including chances to see howler, capuchin, and tamarin monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, turtles, and even the elusive capybara.

Duration: approx. 6 hrs
Cost: USD. 110.00/person + 7% SALES TAX
Minimum: 4 pax
Difficulty: Easy

Note: Snacks and soft drinks offered.

People of the Rainforest: The Embera

Today, we will travel outside Panama City for a journey back in time. We will spend the day with the Embera natives living in the rainforest. With over 320,000 acres the Chagres National Park is the largest protected area in the Panama Canal Watershed.

In the morning we will cruise along the forests of the Chagres River as we search for birds, including herons, toucans, kingfishers; among others. We will certainly enjoy the spectacular scenery. However, the real highlight of this tour is the great cultural exchange. Even though they are found close to Panama City, the Embera retain most of their ancestral traditions.

We will learn about the local culture as our host answers all your questions. In addition, you will have an opportunity to buy some hand crafts created by the Embera, including wood and nut carvings, as well as gorgeous baskets with bright colors.

Duration: approx. 7 hrs
Cost: USD. 100.00 + 7% SALES TAX
Minimum: 4 pax
Difficulty: Moderate/ Strenuous
Note: Light traditional lunch included.

Metropolitan Rainforest Expedition

The Metropolitan Nature Park is perhaps the only rainforest within a major capital city in Latin America. Despite its proximity to cosmopolitan Panama City, it boasts a great variety of flora and fauna.

We will start our wildlife observations by searching for birds like parrots, toucans, antwrens, tanagers, and woodpeckers. We may also find other animals including agouties, tamarin monkeys, sloths, and coatis while we walk through the forest.

In addition we will learn from our experienced naturalist guide about the intricate relationships existing between different plants and animals.

Duration: 4 hrs
Cost: USD. 80.00/person + 7% SALES TAX
Minimum: 3 pax
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Tracing the Path of the Pirates of the Caribbean

The bullion Conquistadors took from the Inca Empire in Peru had one main destination: Spain. The natural choice to do this passage from the Pacific coast of South America to the Atlantic Ocean was Panama. The increasing presence of Spanish galleons filled with gold and silver in Panamanian ports sparked the interest of many privateers, corsairs, and pirates who constantly raided these waters between the 16th and 17th centuries.

We will start our ocean-to-ocean passage by driving some 50 miles from the Pacific shores of Panama City to the shores of the Caribbean Sea. En route, we will stop to learn about the operation of the Panama Canal at the Gatun locks. We will then drive through the recently created San Lorenzo Forest Reserve with chances of spotting some wildlife along the way. The culminating point will be visiting the impressive Spanish Fort at San Lorenzo whose purpose was to protect the mouth of the Chagres River, gateway into Panama City.

Optionally, you may choose to return to Panama City via the first Trans-Continental Railroad in the world, with some of the most beautiful sights of the Panama Canal and the rainforests nearby.

Duration: approx. 7 hrs
Cost: USD.110/person + 7% SALES TAX
Minimum: 4 pax
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Note: Boxed lunch included.

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This is just a sample of some of the most popular day tours you can do around Panama City. There are many other options, please inquire if you would like to do something different and we may be able to make it happen.