Best of Panama with Boquete & San Blas Islands (ILPG)

13 Day Package from Panama City to Panama City

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Panama City & Boquete; Guide in San Blas Islands

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 2 three-course dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

DAY
1
ARRIVE PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

Arrive in Panama City, a beautiful, colorful, and vibrant city, where you will be met by your Local Host. Built in 1519 by Pedro Arias de Avila, a Spanish conquistador who made it his base for plundering Peru’s riches, Panama today remains one of the central hubs for commerce and trade in the Americas. Panama offers diverse natural wonders, a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, and historical as well as modern cityscapes.

DAY
2
PANAMA CITY–DAVID–BOQUETE

A short flight brings you to David in the province of Chiriqui. This enchanted land is the Chiriqui Highlands, the part of Cordillera Central that defines the northern border of the province of Chiriqui. It is a beautiful landscape of cloud forests, volcanic peaks, and coffee plantations, and is home to most of Panama’s Ngöbe Buglé Indians. Here you will find rainforests bedecked full of chattering iridescent birds, flowering epiphytes high above the forest floor, and gurgling streams making their way toward the nearby sea. Arrive at your resort in Boquete this afternoon.

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DAY
3
BOQUETE

This morning, the choice is yours. Perhaps visit Finca Lerida, located just outside Baru Volcano National Park. Keep an eye out for the elusive resplendent quetzal, 3-wattled bellbird, black-faced solitaire, volcano hummingbird, long-tailed silky flycatcher, and prong-billed barbet amid the ancient trees covered with orchids, bromeliads, and lichens. Or, explore La Amistad International Park. Shared with neighboring Costa Rica, La Amistad is located on the Central American natural land bridge where flora and fauna from North and South America mix. Spend some time hiking and exploring the area in search of the resplendent quetzal, the Andean pygmy owl, and many western highland birds.

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DAY
4
BOQUETE

Today is free to do as you please. Perhaps take an optional trip to the Caldera Hot Springs to soak in the thermally heated waters, visit Café Ruiz, where experts explain the process coffee beans go through, take an adrenaline-filled zipline tour through the cloud forest’s canopy, or enjoy a scenic horseback ride.

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DAY
5
BOQUETE–DAVID–PANAMA CITY

Depart Boquete and transfer to the airport for your flight to Panama City.

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DAY
6
PANAMA CITY

After breakfast, your PRIVATE CITY TOUR visits Casco Antiguo, the colonial area and oldest sector of modern Panama City, founded in 1673 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic district was built as a protected walled city after Panama City was burned down in a pirate attack in 1671. Here, see the restored colonial buildings, churches, and historical monuments. Next, visit the MIRAFLORES LOCKS at the Panama Canal to witness this engineering genius in operation. During your guided tour, learn about the history of the canal and its construction, and observe transiting vessels navigating the locks from just a few feet away.

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DAY
7
PANAMA CITY–GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT

Today a special treat is in store when you board a vessel for a Panama Canal PARTIAL TRANSIT. Your boat will enter the canal at the Gailard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal and where the canal was carved through the Continental Divide. Enter the Pedro Miguel Locks, where your vessel will be lowered approximately 30 feet into Miraflores Lake. Continue to the Miraflores Locks to be lowered almost 60 feet to the Pacific Ocean. Disembark your ship and head to Gamboa Rainforest Resort within Soberania National Park.

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DAY
8
GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT

An enchanting journey takes you deep into the dense jungles of the Chagres, where the Emberá Indians have lived for centuries. The adventure begins with a CRUISE up the river in dugout canoes, the Emberá traditional hand-carved boats. Upon arrival at the INDIAN VILLAGE, you will be taken back in time as you are immersed in ancient Emberá cultural dances and music that have not changed much since Columbus arrived in the 1500s. The Emberás will give you a glimpse into their mystical rituals and amazing knowledge of medicinal plants and other natural remedies. The Indians will invite you to explore the area’s abundant variety of birds and wildlife during a trek that takes you through the untouched jungle and past sparkling waterfalls. Top off your visit with a typical lunch in the village.

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DAY
9
GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT

Enjoy a free day to take advantage of the resort’s many activities, like an aerial tram tour, kayaking, fishing, or birding and monkey tours. Alternatively, simply relax by the pool or at the spa.

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DAY
10
GAMBOA RAINFOREST RESORT–PANAMA CITY–SAN BLAS ISLANDS

A short flight brings you to the San Blas archipelago in the Caribbean, governed by the Kuna Indians, who maintain their autonomy and run their own economy, language, customs, and culture. The San Blas Islands, known locally as Kuna Yala, are comprised of over 365 islands surrounded by spectacular reefs, turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and centuries-old native Kuna villages. Traveling here is like stepping back in time! Upon arrival, visit a nearby Kuna VILLAGE to learn about the traditional way of life. During your visit, you are welcomed into a communal house of the Kuna chiefs (Sahilas), who are the political and spiritual leaders of the community. Also learn about age-old ceremonies, the local laws of the native villages, and the stories behind the colorful molas worn by the Kuna women.

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DAY
11
SAN BLAS ISLANDS

Today, enjoy a SNORKELING tour around the nearby islands and view the colorful marine life and coral reefs found in the crystal-blue waters. Return to your lodge this afternoon for time on your own.

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DAY
12
SAN BLAS ISLANDS–PANAMA CITY

After a morning free to explore some more, transfer to the airport for your flight to Panama City and your final night in Panama.

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DAY
13
PANAMA CITY

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary

Included Hotels

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Panama City
Boquete
Gamboa
San Blas Islands

Intercontinental Miramar

Miramar Plaza, Balboa Ave
Panama City, Panama

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 13:00

A contemporary landmark on Panama Bay, the InterContinental Miramar Panama epitomizes the capital's cosmopolitan style with a striking tower in the financial district. Views of the Pacific Ocean showcase vessels coming through the Panama Canal.

Location & Highlights

The Intercontinental Miramar epitomizes the capital's cosmopolitan style within the financial district. Views of the Pacific Ocean showcase vessels coming through the Panama Canal, which is only five miles away. The main shopping malls and Casco Viejo (the old city) are also nearby.

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Voicemail
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Spa Services
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Shoe Shine
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop

Hotel Crowne Plaza

Manuel Espinosa Batista Ave.
Panama City, Panama

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Panama is a full-service luxury hotel catering to the international traveler. Relax in the elegant comfort of this convenient Panama city hotel with fantastic amenities and all the comforts of home away from home. Enjoy the fine dining restaurant, with international style breakfast & lunch buffet and the Sports Bar, with a variety of national and international beverages.

Location & Highlights

The Crowne Plaza Panamá has the best location in the city, located in the heart of the city and surrounded by stores, restaurants, and entertainment.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Shoe Shine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine

Activities & Excursions

The following activities & excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Activities and Excursions are available for purchase on our MyMonograms site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Boquete
Gamboa

Boquete

Caldera Hot Springs & Horseback Riding

Visit the Caldera Hot Springs and enjoy ample time to lounge in the hot springs before a short hike to see ancient petroglyphs followed by a horseback ride through the mountainside.

Price Range: $$

Finca Lerida Coffee Tour

Take a coffee tour and learn about the history, origin, qualities and secrets of coffee handling, as well as coffee production all the way from ripe coffee cherry to roasted bean.

Price Range: $

Finca Ruiz Coffee Tour

Since the late 1800's, three generations of the Ruiz family have been dedicated to the traditional coffee varieties and shade growing methods characteristic of excellent coffee flavor and wildlife preservation. Take a tour of Finca Ruiz and visit the plantation grounds and processing plant, followed by the facility where the coffee bags are printed and filled.

Price Range: $$

Boquete Canopy Adventure

Glide on a series of zip lines through the treetops of century-old forests, high above the pristine rivers and waterfalls that make up the incredible collection of natural landscapes bordering La Amistad National Park and the famous Baru Volcano.

Price Range: $$

Gamboa

Sunset Boat Tour

Find out what the nocturnal creatures do at night as you search for them on this sunset cruise in an open air tour boat. It's possible to see tapirs, capibaras, aligators, rare tropical opossums, western night monkeys, and two-toed sloths.

Price Range: $

Gatun Lake Expedition

Take a boat tour through the Panama Canal into secret waterways and explore Gatun Lake with a chance to view wild monkeys in their natural habitat.

Price Range: $

Sport Fishing on Gatun Lake

Fishermen are always impressed by the plentiful variety of fish in Gatun Lake. A Gamboa fishing guide will take you and your party on a private guided tour of the lake and show you the best spots for fishing.

Price Range: $$$

Portobelo Historical Tour

Take a guided tour of Portobelo, a sleepy bayside town full of colonial history where you will feel transported back in time. Here, you will encounter no less than 5 colonial fortifications where the canons are still pointing their mouths towards the bay they once protected.

Price Range: $$$

Kayaking on the Chagres River

Kayak the historic Chagres River, where hundreds of "49ers" floated on their way to California during the Gold Rush. You will experience dramatic rain forest scenery and lush aquatic vegetation combined with the raucous calls of water birds as you glide silently over the water.

Price Range: $

Insider

Panama City
Boquete

Panama City

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Panama City, PanamaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Panama City, Panama. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Panama City and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Panama City insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet Robert, a Local Host® in Panama City, Panama

I have worked as a guide for over 8 years and my focus is on historical and ecological tours in Panama. I love guiding new people as they experience Panama for the first time. I am fluent in Spanish and English and particularly skilled at tours involving Panama’s colonial history, the Panama Canal, Miraflores, and Gatun Locks, as well as the Chagres River and Embera villages.

Ride a Bike or Stroll along the Amador Causeway

Dazzling views of Panama City's skyline and of the Panama Canal make the Amador Causeway a scenic must. The stretch unites four small islands. It also serves a functional purpose as a breakwater to the entrance of the Canal. Swept by sea breezes, there are bike paths, restaurants, shops, a cruise port, and a yacht marina. You can glimpse the Panama Canal and ships passing under the Bridge of the Americas, once the only strip that connected North and South America.

Ancon Hill & the Metropolitan Park

There's no better way to see Panama's past, present and future than to take a hike up Ancon Hill where you'll have a bird’s-eye view of Casco Viejo, modern Panama City and the Panama Canal. The path is lined by thriving rainforest. It’s best to explore it in the morning to avoid afternoon heat and rain showers. It takes about 2 hours to get to the top, but you can get there by taxi if you choose.

Panama Viejó

Journey to the first inhabited section of Panama City, Panama Viejó, to find the ruins of the oldest capital in the Americas. Originally the site of an indigenous village, Panama Viejó was occupied by the Spanish in 1519 and was named the first city in the Americas by the King of Spain in 1521. In 1671, the city was plundered by pirates and burned to the ground. Explore the ancient ruins and take in beautiful views of Modern Panama from here.

Jewelry & Handicrafts

Panama’s native handicrafts rival Mexico’s and most other Latin countries in beauty and creativity. Make sure to take time to shop and bring back an item or two that can’t be mistaken for anything other than authentic Panamanian art!

Baha’i Temple

If you can manage to get outside the city for an afternoon, the serenity and the incomparable views at this peaceful temple are well worth a little jaunt. From the city, it looks like an egg on top of the hill, but when you get up there, you can see the impressive views of green and the wilderness of Panama, as well as views of the city out to the coast.

Boquete

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Boquete, Panama. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Boquete and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Boquete insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Boquete Tree Trek

Spend your time amidst the trees across 12 platforms stretching over mountains, valleys, rivers, and all the beauty of the jungle. Boquete offers particularly impressive flora and fauna and the zip line that follows is one of the highest and longest zip lines in Central America. A great way to spend the day!

Biblioteca de Boquete

An unexpected treasure in the heart of Boquete is the new library. Almost completely enclosed in glass windows, it offers a great selection of books, comfortable chairs, and fantastic art exhibits. This new building is a great source of pride for the local community and well worth a visit.

Boquete Waterfalls

If you’re up for a good hike, the Lost Waterfalls trail will take you up the mountain to view three different waterfalls. It’s a decent trek so you’ll want to make sure you’re in good shape for it but it’s absolutely worth it, and you can feel free to take the hike slowly as you’ll want to be sure to stop and take in the scenery and the wild butterflies along the way.

Alouatta Lodge

This fantastic sanctuary is an inspired project just outside of Boquete. They take in volunteers to learn about the wildlife, how to care for them, and the importance of protecting the environment here. You’ll get in some great trekking, views all the way out to the Pacific on clear days, and a wealth of education from the friendly and knowledgeable staff. This is a life-changing kind of visit if you love nature and care about protecting its precious state.

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $695. Required intra-vacation air segments: Panama City/David; David/Panama City; Panama City/San Blas; San Blas/Panama City. Air prices were effective on July 12, 2017 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).