Panama Beach and Culture:
Pacific Beaches, Chitre, Pedasi, and Panama City
Departs Daily from Panama City
International Airport to Playa Bonita:
Upon arrival, you'll be met by your driver/guide, who will transfer you to the 5-star Westin Playa Bonita, a beautiful beachfront oasis with three infinity pools and a mile-long golden sand beach on the Pacific Ocean. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of this full-service resort.
(Accommodations, Westin Playa Bonita)
Miraflores and Biomuseo:
After breakfast, you will visit the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal and observe their operation with a guide/historian. Then you'll visit the Biomuseo the only Frank Gehry-designed building in Latin America to learn the story of how the Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents while separating a vast ocean into two parts, and changing the biodiversity of the planet. Afterwards, have lunch at The Causeway a group of three islands linked to the mainland by the Canal breakwater. You have a choice of many excellent restaurants, plus time for shopping before returning to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Westin Playa Bonita; Lunch at The Causeway)
Panama Historic Tour and La Rana Dorada:
Morning at leisure. At 2 p.m. you'll depart for a visit to Panama Vieja, the remnants of the oldest Spanish settlement on the Pacific. Panama City prospered by being the transit point for Spanish silver mined in Peru, which passed through Panama on its way to Spain. Then visit Casco Antiguo, the oldest portion of the modern city, founded in 1673 after the destruction of Panama Vieja. Casco Antiguo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of Colonial buildings and historic monuments. After a leisurely walk through this charming area you'll visit La Rana Dorada (the Golden Frog) Brewery to learn about their microbrewery process and taste their delicious products! Overnight at the Westin Playa Bonita.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Westin Playa Bonita)
Playa Bonita to Azuero Peninsula:
After breakfast, you'll check out of the hotel and drive across the Bridge of the Americas spanning the Canal to the Azuero Peninsula, the cultural heart of Panama. Today you will visit Pesé in the heart of Herrera Province and home of Hacienda San Isidro, where the famous Ron Abuelo and Seco Herrera are produced. On traditional oxcarts you will continue to the distillery at Hacienda San Isidro. At the distillery you will learn about the different steps necessary to produce Rum and Seco from Sugarcane - grinding, fermenting, and distilling. You will then continue to the bodega where the Rum is being aged in barrels in two different processes.
After lunch, enjoy rum tasting of the Ron Abuelos aged 5, 7, 12, and 30 years (Ron Abuelo Centuria) along with an open bar featuring Rum and Seco based cocktails will round off this Authentic Panamanian Rum Tour. Following lunch, you can relax in your private vehicle as you are driven to your next overnight stop, the Cubita Boutique Resort in Chitre.
(Breakfast, Playa Bonita; Lunch on Excursion; Dinner, Accommodations, Cubita Resort)
The Best of Azuero:
In the morning, discover the manufacturing processes of the traditional products to the Herrera Province: sugarcane juice and honey, salt, clay and bread. After a traditional lunch (included), learn why many consider Azuero "the cultural heart of Panama." We will see in detail the making of the handcrafted pollera, one of the most beautiful costumes in the world, as we visit an elderly woman who has dedicated her life ty producing this typical dress of Panamanian women. We will also visit small studios of local artisans who produce the colorful devil's masks, the drums used in local music, and the gold ornaments that are part of traditional culture. In the late afternoon, you'll transfer to your next overnight stop, the Pedasito Hotel in Pedasi.
(Breakfast, Cubita Resort; Lunch on Excursion; Accommodations, Pedasito Hotel)
Isla Iguana is a wildlife refuge approximately five miles from Pedasi, off the coast of the Azuero Peninsula. It features beautiful white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and fantastic coral reefs. It is home to multiple species of birds, including the large frigate bird, which nests on this island. It is also home to many other animal species. You will take an open fiberglass boat known as a panga, which departs from Playa El Arenal. Once on the island, ocean lovers can enjoy snorkeling or Scuba diving to see a wide variety of marine life. There are hiking trails on the island for those interested in bird watching or getting close to the iguanas that inhabit the island. Lunch is included.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Pedasito Hotel; Lunch on Excursion)
Pedasi to Panama City:
After breakfast at your hotel, you'll check out and be transferred by car back to Panama City approximately a four-hour drive where you will overnight at the Crown Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of the city, close to restaurants and shopping. Rest of the day at leisure.
(Breakfast, Pedasito Hotel; Accommodations, Crown Plaza Hotel)
Depart Panama City:
After breakfast, you will have a private ground transfer back to Panama City International Airport, where you'll proceed to your next Avanti adventure!
(Breakfast, Crown Plaza Hotel)
•3 Nights All-Inclusive
•2 Nights Pedasi
•1 Night Panama City
•All Ground Transfers
•Miraflores & Biomuseo
Tour plus Lunch
•Panama Antigua & Casco
•1 Night Chitre
•Panamanian Rum Tour
•Isla Iguana Tour
Airfare is Additional