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Panama to Colombia: Volcanoes, Beaches and Tribes

PRIVATE TOUR - 11 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 5810

Private Tour Highlights

  • Gliding up the Rio Chagres on a dugout canoe to the home of the Embera, offering the chance to learn about this incredible indigenous tribe.
  • Admiring the Panama Canal on a boat tour, navigating the Bay of Panama and Gatun Lake.
  • Looking out for the Slaty-tailed Trogon, Keel-billed Toucan, Thick-billed Mot-Mot, and many more birds on a hike through Soberania National Park.
  • Lapping up the extraordinary atmosphere of Cartagena, the picturesque walled city awash with cobbled streets and pretty plazas.
  • Hopping over to the beautiful Rosario Islands, a National Park brimming with vibrant marine life, for an exciting day of swimming and snorkeling.
  • Going for a dip in the mud baths at Totumo Volcano, which are known for their healing properties, offering a fantastic way to unwind within nature.
  • Stepping foot in the beguiling Salt Cathedral just outside of Bogotá in Zipaquira, carved 120 meters underground from an old salt mine.
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Tour Overview

With the Panama to Colombia: Volcanoes, Beaches and Tribes tour, enjoy crossing the Panama Canal, the rainforest and the mystical culture in Panama. We will also travel to Bogota and Cartagena in this tour centered around Colombian highlights. Both of these cities are influenced by Spanish, Indian, and African cultures. This tour also includes time to relax and enjoy the Caribbean Sea.

Starting in the Soberania National Park and Gamboa Rainforest Resort, we will take an aerial tram that traverses a mile-long tract of Humid Forest which features the sound of birds and howler monkeys. Yampu travelers then take a partial transit on the Panama Canal and return to Panama City for an evening folkloric night show with dinner. On the last day of the tour, we visit the Embera Indian community. All transfers and most services (except at Gamboa and the canal) are provided on a private basis.

In Colombia, we will spend 3 days in Bogota visiting the Gold Museum, Monserrate, Plaza Bolivar, La Candelaria and Zipaquira’s Underground Salt Cathedral. We will spend 3 days in Cartagena, tour the walled city of Old Cartagena, enjoy the beautiful beaches and crystal, clear water of the Rosario Islands and visit the Totumo Volcano. You may also choose to add a few nights in a beautiful Caribbean Island or escape to a remote beach in a jungle of Tayrona National Park.

Inclusions
Prices include domestic air transportation from Cartagena to Cartagena, hotel accommodation with daily continental breakfast, guided tours in English, meals where specified, entrance fees, transportation between hotels, transfers between airport and hotel, naturalist guides and taxes.
Please consult with a Yampu Tour Consultant for upcoming Panama Canal transit dates.
Exclusions

Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

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Pricing Details
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Double £$5225 £$5810 £$6075 £$7150
Single £$8678 £$9898 £$10438 £$12587

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
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Thursday

Upon arrival in Panama City, private transfer to your hotel.

Upon arrival in Panama City, private transfer to your hotel.

Day
2

Friday- Mini-Hiking and Aerial Tram Ride: Soberania National Park and Gamboa Resort

Depart from Panama City early in the morning for Soberania National Park and world-famous Pipeline Road, the right place for birdwatchers and ecologists. It was site of the 1985 world record Panama Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count (385 species of birds were identified in 24 hours). During World War II, a pipeline was built to transport fuel from one ocean to the other. Fortunately, it was never used. Today, the road built to maintain the pipeline provides excellent access to primary forest within Soberania National Park with the comfort and safety of vehicle support. After this short hike, head to Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Travelers will get on an aerial tram, which takes one from the shadowy rainforest floor through the understory and into the sun-drenched canopy. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of a thousand hues of green interspersed with the fluorescent exclamation points of flowering trees. The aerial tram is located in 100 hectares of rainforest licensed to Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Here, find exuberant flora and fauna typical of Panama’s neo-tropical forests. The resort has built five exhibits that showcase local flora and fauna, as well as a replica of an Embera Indian village. Afterwards, be transferred back to the hotel. The tour includes transportation and entrance fee to Soberania National Park. Overnight at Gamboa Resort. ...read less

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Saturday- Partial Canal Transit

The trip departs from the Flamenco Marina, traveling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline then pass under the Bridge of the Americas. At Miraflores Locks, the vessel will ascend 54 feet in two distinct steps. 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, 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. This is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide. In addition, the vessel will travel the Cut’s 13.7 kilometers on the way to the Panama Canal Dredging Division in Gamboa. There, passengers disembark and transfer to the hotel.


Note: Exact itinerary may vary, depending on where the transit starts.
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Sunday; Embera Indigenous Encounter (Private Tour)

Early in the morning, be picked up at the lobby of the hotel and transferred for approximately 1.5 hours to El Corotu on the shores of Madden Lake. The main reservoir of drinking water for the cities of Panama and Colon, Madden Lake also supplies 40 percent of the water required for the operation of the Panama Canal. Here, board a motorized piragua (dugout canoe) and travel up the Chagres River to the Embera indigenous village of Embera Drua. The boat journey takes through the rainforest of the 320,000-acre Chagres National Park, which is the largest of the National Parks protecting the Panama Canal Watershed. Along the Chagres River, one may be able to spot Little Blue and Green Heron, Great Egret, Anhingas, Neotropical Cormorant, Amazon, Ringed, and Green Kingfishers, along with Keel-billed Toucans and Ospreys flying above. At the Embera village, be greeted with dancing and music! Learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. There will be handcrafts available for sale and there will be a chance to be painted with the traditional jagua, a natural dye the Embera use to adorn their bodies. After a traditional Embera lunch, head back to Panama City. ...read less

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Monday; Cartagena

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Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Cartagena is the fifth largest city in Colombia and an important port city on the Caribbean coast. After numerous pirate attacks during the colonial era, a wall was built to surround the historic city center and protect its inhabitants. Cartagena is now a popular tourist destination that retains its colonial architecture and charm.


Afternoon guided walk along the walled old town, admiring the streets, churches, colonial houses with their balconies, and the Museum that was once the residence of the five times president of the Republic, Rafael Nunez. Also witness the Santa Catalina bastion as well as the craftsmanship place at Las Bovedas (The Dungeons) where one will find handmade souvenirs.
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Tuesday; Rosario Islands

Tuesday; Rosario Islands
Cruise to Rosario Islands, to the south of the Bay of Cartagena. These Islands are a National Natural Park with a group of coral islands surrounded by a crystal clear sea, the habitat of a great variety of marine fauna. Opportunity to swim and snorkel. The 23 coral islands were formed by volcano activity which raised the seabed to create ideal conditions for the development of coral reefs. Lunch Included. Return to Cartagena.

Tuesday; Rosario Islands
Cruise to Rosario Islands, to the south of the Bay of Cartagena. These Islands are a National Natural Park with a group of coral islands surrounded by a crystal clear sea, the habitat of a great variety of marine fauna. Opportunity to swim and snorkel. The 23 coral islands were formed by volcano activity which raised the seabed to create ideal conditions for the development of coral reefs. Lunch Included. Return to Cartagena.

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Wednesday; Totumo Volcano

Tour the Totumo Volcano, known for its medicinal properties, only 50 minutes away from Cartagena. Travelers will be able to get into its crater to enjoy a healthy mud bath and then take a regular bath at El Totumo Lagoon.

Tour the Totumo Volcano, known for its medicinal properties, only 50 minutes away from Cartagena. Travelers will be able to get into its crater to enjoy a healthy mud bath and then take a regular bath at El Totumo Lagoon.

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Thursday; Flight to Bogota

Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Bogota. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Bogota has a combination of influences: Spanish, Indian and African, which create a diverse and rich culture heritage. With an intense and vibrant intellectual and social life, this modern city provides travelers with a unique look in the heart of Colombian culture.

Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Bogota. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Bogota has a combination of influences: Spanish, Indian and African, which create a diverse and rich culture heritage. With an intense and vibrant intellectual and social life, this modern city provides travelers with a unique look in the heart of Colombian culture.

Day
9

Friday; Bogota

Today, enjoy a private visit to the Colombian capital. Start at the Plaza de Bolivar (the city's main square), which is surrounded by federal government buildings, and continues into the old colonial part of the city better known as "La Candelaria". Travelers will also visit the San Francisco Church, the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays) and the Emerald Museum. Seek higher grounds by taking a cable car to the top of the Monserrate Hill, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The tour finishes in the north of Bogota in a shopping center called Hacienda Santa Barbara in Usaquen, which is a small colonial village now surrounded by the city.


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Saturday; Zipaquira

Take the Pan American highway north towards Zipaquira, traveling across the central region of the savanna, passing some typical villages villages to reach where the Salt Cathedral is located. The Salt Cathedral is an impressive work of engineering. The visit begins in a tunnel that exhibits the fourteen stations of the Way of the Cross and leads to the dome where one can observe the great cross sculpted in low relief. After some time, arrive at the three naves of the cathedral joined by openings that represent the birth and death of Christ. The central nave houses the main altar, a 16 meter cross, and the Creation of Man, a marble statue by the sculptor Carlos Enrique Rodríguez. ...read less

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Sunday; Flight Home

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home.

Panama City, Panama

Cartagena - Bolivar, Colombia

Bogotá - Bogota, Colombia

Places You'll See

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    Panama City

    The largest and most modern city in central America, as well as the capital of Panama, is Panama City. Within the city is the Panama Canal which links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans through a fifty-mile channel. Enjoy views of the canal via airplane or stay close to the ground and delight in a terrific view of Panama from Amador Causeway, connecting three islands to the mainland.

  • Cartagena-Colombia

    Cartagena

    The walled city of Cartagena, with its cobblestone streets and gorgeous colonial architecture, is full of exciting and engaging sites and activities. Visit the Palacio de la Inquisicion, where the Spanish Inquisition condemned men accused of crimes against religion. Or spend the day at the Playa Blanca beach, enjoying the surf and the sand.

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    Bogota

    Located in the center of Colombia, the city of Bogota appeals to all types. The La Candelaria area draws in the lovers of art and culture with its many museums including the Botero Museum and the Gold Museum. Other notable attractions include botanical garden Jose Celestino Mutis, the National Observatory, and over 100 shopping malls.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Panama City : TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro

Panama City : Hotel Deville (Jr. Suite)

Panama City : Toscana Hotel

Cartagena : Hotel Bantu

Cartagena : Alfiz

Bogota : Hotel Casa Deco

Bogota : Abadia Colonial

4 Star Properties

Panama City : The Bristol

Panama City : Grace Panama

Panama City : Westin Panama

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Classic)

Cartagena : Hotel Casa Pestagua

Bogota : Hotel de la Opera – standard Room

Bogota : Andino Royal

Bogota : Sonesta

5 Star Properties

Panama City : Waldorf Astoria (Junior Suites)

Panama City : Las Clementinas

Panama City : Hotel Deville (Duplex Suite)

Cartagena : Ananda Hotel Boutique

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Superior)

Cartagena : Casa del Arzobispado

Bogota : Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia – Superior Room

Luxury Properties

Panama City : American Trade Hotel (Super Cuarto Room)

Panama City : Ocean Club Intercontinental Hotel (Suite on the Curve)

Cartagena : Hotel Casa San Agustin

Cartagena : Charleston Santa Teresa

Bogota : Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia – Suite

Bogota : JW Marriott, Bogota

Testimonials

Cheryl

Traveled January 2016

Panama- It was seriously a great trip and I saw everything I wanted.

Our trip to Panama was seriously a great trip and I saw everything I wanted. We saw a bunch of kinkajous and cacomistles that came to our cabin at los quetzales. That place is magical, the bird life alone (we saw 6 quetzels, one even right outside our cabin) makes it worth a trip. Families would love these cabins and hands down the place had the best food in Panama.

Everything was made fresh and they had a huge organic garden with all kinds of vegetables, great for someone like me that does not eat meat.

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Andy

Traveled February, 2012

I have had another fantastic trip

I have had another fantastic trip and am glad I chose to spend the whole 2 weeks in Panama rather than combine with another country as there is so much to see and do there. It is difficult to pick out the high points: the canal crossing was an ambition fulfilled; I had been a little apprehensive about San Blas but for no reason the cabins over the sea were amazing, Boquete was cool and the bird life wonderful. Tranquilo Bay in Bocas was exactly the right choice for me. The whole team was incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable; they made my stay a real treat. I have so many photos I shall spend the next weeks sorting them! I didn’t get to see much of the Carnival but was treated to two firework displays from the view from my hotel window each night I am a big fireworks fan. I think this is the 6th trip I have taken with Yampu/Kontiki and so far they have all been wonderful. Thanks for organizing this one for me.

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Barbara

Traveled February 2016

First and foremost, we had a fabulous trip!

We truly appreciate the immediate attention and swift action due to the missed flight connection. It was handled very professionally with lots of communication, so we had no anxiety, and while we missed some sleep since we arrived in San Agustin quite late, we were very pleased not to have to sacrifice any of the planned tour as a result of it.  No one can predict this type of travel disruption and your team really came through for us.

 

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