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Immerse yourself in colorful cultures and find adventure as you travel across Panama. This little country has so much to offer and this tour created by local specialists Panama Accesible is all adapted and adaptable for travelers according to their needs.
You will explore the world famous Canal and the museum, discover all the hidden corners of Panama City, the ancient and the modern town, then visit spectacular museums and natural parks and meet lots of local wildlife!
Complement this with an aerial tram, and lots of great local food and drinks, and you will end up loving Panama!
Panama is currently closed for tourism to non-residents, travel hopefully will resume in 2020, not earlier than January. We will post regular updates if the situation improves. (updated 7 September 2020)
Pick up can be organised either at the Panama airport, or at your hotel.
The tours are in mini vans with automatic ramp or, depending on the number of participants, there is an intermediate bus with portable ramp and a 46 passenger bus with hydraulic ramp. Some streets are paved with cobblestone, others with concrete and others with gravel stone. Portobelo is in the North coast, 2 hours from Panama City and you may expect sand, gravel stone and cobblestone.
For travelers in wheelchairs, an assistant will be provided at specific sites. Please note that this tour will require to roll/walk a lot but will go at your pace!
More in general, accessibility in Panama is still a work in process. However the sites have all been inspected, the hotel has adapted rooms and the lobby and sidewalk floor are level. However, no accessibility services can be found on the pool areas.
Upon arrival in Panama City, your guide will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name to assist you in your transfer to the hotel.
How about visiting two oceans on the same day? Visiting the locks of the Panama Canal makes it possible. Located on the Atlantic side, near Colon City, the Agua Clara Visitor Center is a place where the Panama Canal has made it clear that both its legacy and its grandeur will continue to bear fruit for the world. As part of the expansion of the Panama Canal, the center offers panoramic views of the locks and the Gatun Lake. Then, we will transfer to the Miraflores Visitor Center on the Pacific side. This is a space where you can live a unique centennial Panama Canal experience. In one place you will find different activities to learn and fully enjoy the Panama Canal. Exhibition halls or just watching the ships through the locks and how they move makes it the ideal place to take pictures and to hold memories of this engineering marvel.
History and modernism mix through this amazing tour. We will visit the remains of the first European city founded in the Pacific sector throughout the Americas, which on August 15th, 2019 turned 500 years! Then enjoy wandering a historical tour in the second city known as the Old Town or Old Quarter. Both historical sites were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It should be noted that the Old Quarter was founded on other locations following the attack by the Captain Henry Morgan. This tour includes stunning views from the modern city with its skyscrapers and international banking district.
Located two hours from Panama City, we are ready to snorkel in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy a boat ride while the wind messes up with your hair. With incredible views of the mountains and the Atlantic sea, we will stop in some wonderful spots for snorkeling and have lunch on a private island! Then, we will visit the Spanish defense siteof the 17th and 18th centuries, where we will admire one of the historic forts. Your specialized guide will tell you the story of famous pirates and the transfer of gold and silver that came from South America.
Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only work in Latin America and the tropics. Eight galleries tell us about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet’s biodiversity. Afterward, we will head to one of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute facilities in Punta Culebra. Punta Culebra Nature Center, located at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, is dedicated to exploration and discovery of the natural world through science. The center, offers a mix of marine and amphibian exhibits, walking trails, hands-on science activities and recreational spaces, all in a spectacular setting just minutes away from Panama City.
Just 30 minutes away from Panama City we will enter within the limits of the Soberanía National Park for an exhilarating day excursion. Experience being in humid tropical forest and observe a wide diversity of flora and fauna as the sloth’s sanctuary. Above the aerial tram, admire where the Panama Canal and the historic Chagres River meets, this river is the largest water supplier for the operation of the Canal and distributor of drinking water to Panama City and Colon.
As on the first day, a company representative will be responsible for the transfer to the International Airport for your flight home.
You can combine this tour with various additional activities, to explore the nature and culture of Panama.
More than a hundred kilometers away from Panama City is the crater of an extinct volcano, by the way, the second largest in the world.
In the middle of the crater, there is a small town called El Valle. It is home to the famous golden frogs and a variety of ecosystems. In addition to the ecological, we will have the opportunity to meet a petroglyph, a large stone that has a symbol carved by our Indigenous people many thousands of years ago.
A place where tradition, folklore, and culture are inherited from generation to generation, Azuero is the biggest Peninsula of Panama. Natural, historical and cultural sites are combined to offer the best experience as watching the elaboration of our crafts such as clay pottery, leather products, and the traditional masks, and, entering the driest region -a desert-like landscape- the Sarigua National Park. Inside the park are the remains of the oldest Pre-Columbian Indian village in Panama, which dates from around 9,500 to 7,000 BC. It was a settlement that belonged to a fishing community.
We can´t go back to Panama City without visiting the land of salt and sugar, Aguadulce. Here, we will learn all the process of the salt, some processes are still done as the first inhabitants in the area did. Heading further, we will also visit one of the oldest churches still in service throughout the Americas and a magical archeological site, El Caño. This Archaeological Park is a 1000-year-old burial site of the ancient Coclé people and in 2009, a tomb of an important Coclé warrior was discovered decked out in rich funeral wares and buried along with 26 individuals. He was surrounded by valuable “grave goods” such as breastplates, bracelets, belts and ear sticks, made of gold and copper, stone and bone. The artifacts found were so spectacular that an article in National Geographic Magazine (2012) entitled “The Golden Chiefs of Panama” stated that El Caño and its surrounding areas could be described as “Panama’s Valley of the Kings.”