The Golden Pathway to Panama
- Price from:
- 930 USD /person
- (507) 314-0068
- (507) 314-1586
- Payment Types:
- Credit Card
- Travellers cheque
- Wire Transfer
- 6 days
- Location Start:
- Panama City,Panama
- Location Finish:
- Panama City, Panama
- Start time:
- 08.00 am
- We Speak:
- Russian, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, Dutch
Last updated: 07/20/2006
Enjoy this unique historical itinerary that takes you into the hidden history of conquistadors and explorers that traveled from South America to the Isthmus to transport their riches to Europe. Learn
Arrival to Panama City
Upon the tourists arrival to Tocumen
International Airport and EcoCircuitos representative will greet and assist the tourists and begin their City Tour.
First they will visit Panama Viejo, the first city founded in the isthmus by Spanish conquerors at the beginning of colonization. This also was the area where the Spaniards began the colonization of South American countries such as Peru, Ecuador among others. The remaining ruins are the vestiges left by Pirate Henry Morgan, who sacked the town in 1671. Then will proceed to the second colonial city of Panama, Casco Antiguo, built in 1673.
The tourist will have the opportunity to walk around the French Plaza and other monuments. The architecture in this area is exquisite including French, Italian and Spanish styles. Afterwards they will be transferred to their hotel.
The tourists will spend the night at Country Inn & Suites Amador, located on the Amador Causeway, 15 minutes away from the town's city center by taxi. Depending on their arrival time to the hotel, they can walk along the famous causeway (6 km) that was constructed during the building of the canal.
The Causeway also connects three islands: Naos, Pericos and Flamenco. On these islands they will find a number of small restaurants, bars, cafes and other areas to sit down and relax. Tourists can also visit Punta Culebra Marine Exhibition Center, managed by the Smithsonian Institute (STRI) for an introduction of the Marine Life of the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Panama.
Transcontinental Railroad & Portobello Tour
Early in the morning after breakfast the tourists will be transferred to the Panama Railroad Station. The Panama Canal Railway offers an unforgettable experience on a railroad that joins the two oceans. Re-creating the experience of the famous California Gold rush age and enjoy the beautiful scenery: observing the rainforest and the heart of the canal from the comfort of your train cabin. After the 1-hour train trip adventure, the tourists will be greeted by an EcoCircuitos guide to begin thier Portobello Tour.
During the 17th and 19th centuries, the Port of Portobello served as a Spanish Fortress and Caribbean terminal. Products such as spices, gold and silver that came from Peru were transported along the Royal Path (Camino de Cruces) that crossed the isthmus to Portobello were the riches were stored before they were transported to Spain.
Portobello was the victim of various pirate attacks, the most well known being the attack by Henry Morgan. The small island of Drake, where his remains are located, is another attraction. We will visit all the ruins of the colonial port, the customhouse where the treasures and gold were stored and the Portobello church, where the famous Black Christ statue rests. A celebration to commemorate the Black Christ, which is venerated throughout the country, is held every 21 of October. Lunch is also included at a typical restaurant. After their tour the tourists will be transferred to their hotel Melia Panama Canal. Check in and overnight. (B, L)
Fort San Lorenzo
In the morning after breakfast the tourists will be met by an EcoCircuitos guide in the lobby of the hotel to begin their tour of Fort San Lorenzo and the Gatun Locks. First they will cross the amazing Gatun Locks and then proceed to Fort San Lorenzo which was constructed by the Spaniards in the 16th century to hold riches and gold that were transported by canoe to the fort from Peru. San Lorenzo was besieged by British pirates over the years due to its strategic location guarding the entrance to the Chagres River. Sir Henry Morgan captured San Lorenzo and used it as the entrance point to sack Panama City in 1671. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Afterwards the tourists will be transferred to their hotel. Overnight in Melia Panama Canal. (B, L)
In the morning the tourists will be met by an EcoCircuitos guide to begin their tour. This adventure takes the tourists to the indigenous community in the National Park Chagres. Where they will get to know and learn about the culture of the Embera Indians. They will witness their artisans and enjoy their knowledge of botanical plants. Their cultural dances and music will take you back centuries. If the tourists would like they can paint their body as they do with the fruit known as Jagua. The tourists can also observe the great variety of birds found in these areas. Walk in the jungle, explore waterfalls, and learn from a magical culture, all this in one day. Afterwards they will be transferred to a hotel in the city. (B, L, snacks)
Partial Canal Transit
In the morning after breakfast the tourists will be transferred to the Flamenco Marina, and where they will travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. They will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline, and later the tourists will pass under the Bridge of the Americas. At Miraflores Locks the vessel will ascend 54 feet in two distinct steps. The vessel will then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel will be raised the last 27 feet to get into Gatun Lake. Once at Gatun Lake the vessel will sail through at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the Canal. The Gaillard Cut is also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake and is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide. In addition, the tourists will observe the brand new construction among the Panama Canal, the Centennial Bridge, and the vessel will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometers on the way to the Panama Canal Dredging Division in Gamboa where passengers disembark. An EcoCircuitos driver will be waiting for the tourists to transfer them to the hotel. (B, L)
At the appropriate time the tourists will be transferred to the Tocumen International Airport for their flight back home. They will arrive to the airport approximately 2 hours before their departure time. (B)
- Inclusions -
- train tickets
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