Wildlife Expedition: from Sea to Sky

  • Trip Type
  • Adventure
  • Length
  • 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • When to Go
  • Year-Round

  • Revel in raw, natural beauty

    The awe-inspiring landscapes of Panama are home to some of the most incredible creatures in the world – jaguars and pumas, manatees, orcas and humpback whales, as well as toucans, sea turtles, quetzals, dolphins and monkeys! The opportunity to watch these animals in their natural environment is a memory that will not easily fade. After a brief exploration of Panama City and its historic canal, set out into the wild to discover the reefs and jungle of Bocas del Toro. On moonless nights, discover a remarkable natural phenomenon as bioluminescent plankton light up the seas. Travel west for the cloud forests of Boquete to hike alpine trails surrounded by mountains and spot rare bird species, before heading to the nature mecca of Panama, the tiny uninhabited Isla de Coiba on the Pacific, surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs on the Pacific side of the Americas. This is Panama as nature intended.

    Trip Highlights

    rich history, lush cloud forest & deserted beaches • exotic wildlife • Panama Canal partial cruise • Gatún Lake jungle boat cruise • kayaking • bioluminescence night tour • Zapatilla Cays beach excursion • rainforest waterfall hike • Coiba National Park snorkeling • beach time

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    $3,300.00 low season (May - Oct)
    $3,550.00 high season (Nov - Apr)
    prices vary based on departure season.

    At a Glance

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    • Day 1: Panama City - Arrival

      We'll meet you at the airport and whisk you off to your urban oasis in the heart of Panama City - the luxuriously appointed Bristol Hotel.

    • Day 2: Panama City - Cruise the Panama Canal and discover jungle splendor on an expedition of Gatún Lake

      Experience a partial transit through the infamous Panama Canal, then board a lancha and begin to discover some of the country's most exotic creatures - sloths, monkeys, caimans, crocodiles and more - on Gatún Lake.

    • Day 3: Panama City to Bocas del Toro - Find Caribbean bliss

      Trade the concrete jungle for the rainforest and white sand shores with a quick puddle-jumper flight to Bocas del Toro. Transfer to Bastimentos Island and check into your serene hideaway at Tranquilo Bay Lodge.

    • Day 4: Bocas del Toro - Kayak crystalline waters by day, and, on moonless nights, watch as bioluminescent plankton light up the seas

      Explore the island by foot or kayak, and at night, if the moon cycle is right, head out onto the water for a magical canoe excursion through waters that light up as you paddle.

    • Day 5: Bocas del Toro - Lounge on pure white sand beaches on the Cayos Zapatillas

      Spend a day beach-combing the Cayos Zapatillas, or Slipper Islands, pristine uninhabited isles in the Bocas del Toro archipelago with soft white sand surrounded by turquoise water. Hello paradise!

    • Day 6: Bocas del Toro to Boquete - Magnificent mountain vistas

      Ride through rolling green hills and expansive coffee plantations to find a mountain retreat on an operating coffee farm, Finca Lerida Lodge.

    • Day 7: Boquete - Waterfalls, misty cloud forests & rare bird species

      Hike into a vast sea of greenery on a guided expedition in search of hidden waterfalls and the elusive Resplendent Quetzal.

    • Day 8: Boquete to Santa Catalina - Pacific beach-bound

      Leave the cloud forest behind, and wind your way from mountains to the laid-back surfer town of Santa Catalina. Check into the hip, yet super chilled out Hotel Santa Catalina.

    • Day 9: Santa Catalina - Get up close & personal with the undersea life in Coiba National Park

      Set off for Coiba Island, a national park and UNESCO-recognized natural sanctuary that boasts some of Panama's best snorkeling. The reefs around Coiba have the widest variety of coral species in the country, in addition to impressive schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, squid, eels, sharks, dolphin, whales, and much, much more.

    • Day 10: Santa Catalina - Gear down and catch some rays poolside, or kick back in a hammock with a good book

      Spend today how you wish - get some much needed R&R, or check out the great surfing and sport fishing in Santa Catalina.

    • Day 11: Santa Catalina to Panama City - A parting glance

      After a transfer to David and a quick flight to Panama City, head out for a last night on the town in bustling metropolis Panama City, or opt for an early night in before your departure tomorrow. Spend the night at the luxe Bristol Hotel.

    • Day 12: Panama City - Departure

      Transfer to the international airport for your flight home. Adios!


    What's Included?

    Your trip includes everything you want & need, plus a few surprises along the way. Unique, unforgettable destinations; tours with local experts; authentic local cuisine; lessons, demonstrations & new cultural insights; more adventure than you can handle; blissful relaxation; romantic touches; and a feeling of total freedom. ROAM takes care of everything so that you can enjoy a hassle-free journey without worrying about a thing.

    • Airport pickup
    • All hotel accommodation
    • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Detailed maps and trip preparation guide
    • All special events and tours
    • All vehicle and regional air transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
    • All baggage transportation
    • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

    Know Before You Go

    • Itinerary prices are dependent on season of departure. Christmas, New Years and Easter (Semana Santa) are peak season, and prices during these periods are significantlky higher than other times of year. High season runs from November through April, and green season from May through September.

    • Arrival: hotel check-in times are at 3:00pm, but you may arrive at any time during the day. If you arrive prior to the scheduled check-in time, we will arrange for early check-in wherever possible.

    • Departure: hotel check-out times are at 9:00am. International flights on your departure day should be arranged to depart after 1:30pm.

    • All prices in USD.

    • For vaccination recommendations, please visit the CDC website.

    • For American, Canadian, and British citizens, a valid passport with 6+ months remaining is required for entry to Panama.

    • Debit cards may not work in Central America, but most establishments accept major credit cards.

    • Please ensure you have immediate access to a minimum of USD $250 as an emergency fund to be used if circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster) require changes to your planned route.

    • If departing Panama by air, all major airlines include exit taxes (USD $40) in the price of your airfare.

    • It is customary to tip service providers (waiters) around 10% depending on service. Tipping taxi drivers is not required.

    • Gratuities for guides and drivers are deeply appreciated, and provide an important supplement to their income. If you are pleased with the tour services you've received, a guideline for tipping in Central America is USD $8-10 per person per day for multiple-day tours, or USD $5-10 per person for day tours.

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    Getting There

    From North America: several airlines offer direct and connecting flights to Panama’s international airport: Tocumen International Airport in Panama City (airport code: PTY). Including connection time, flights from the USA typically range from 2.5-9 hours in duration, while most flights from Canada range from 9-15 hours in duration.

    From the UK: there are currently no direct flights to Panama from the UK, but there are several flight options connecting in the United States and/or Canada. Including connection time, flights from the UK typically range from 12-18 hours in duration.

    When you arrive in PTY, there will be an airport transfer waiting to take you to your first destination. If you have questions about flights, or require assistance booking, please contact us here. We're here to help!

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