9 Days
9 days from Panama City to Panama City

This Independence by Globus vacation begins in Panama City. Here, on the isthmus linking Central and South America, you’ll explore the colonial-style architecture of Casco Antiguo and hear the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise in the waters of the Panama Canal to follow in the historic wake of some 14,000 ships that traverse the engineering marvel each year. Venture into Gamboa Rainforest Resort in the heart of Soberania National Park. Cruise up the Chagres River in a dugout canoe to visit an Emberá Indian Village where ancient dances, mystical ceremonies, and medicinal plants are a way of life. Take some well-deserved I-time in Gamboa to fish, birdwatch, kayak, or kick back at the pool or spa. Follow your independent spirit even further on the Pacific Coast of Panama to enjoy resort life between the lush tropical forests and white sand beaches. Take some I-time for yourself to kayak, raft, surf, or dive!

Starting at $2229 Per Person

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• Arrive in beautiful, colorful, and vibrant Panama City. 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 cultures and historical as well as modern cityscapes.

• 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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• 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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• 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 river cruise up the Chagres 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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Enjoy a free day to take advantage of the resort’s many activities.

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• Journey to the Pacific side of Panama for some relaxation time on the beach at a deluxe all-inclusive resort. Nestled between lush, tropical forests and white-sand beaches, this is the perfect way to end your vacation.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy two free days at your all-inclusive hotel to explore on your own.

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Free day.

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Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.



  • Breakfast Daily
  • Transportation: As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary.
  • Guides In - Panama City


  • International Air
  • Intra-vacation flights
  • Taxes and gratuities


Le Meridien Panama or similar

Located on the edge of the Bay of Panama and overlooking the old and new quarters of the city. With 111 guest rooms that offer in-room amenities that are beautifully decorated and very comfortable.


Gamboa Rainforest Resort or similar

Though you will be surrounded by rainforest, you will never forget you are in a resort when you spend time at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. The large guestrooms, furnished with elegant tropical décor, boast private balconies with hammock. This modern hotel greets you with Panamanian charm and aesthetics. The Gamboa’s setting in the midst of nature and its proximity to unspoiled landscapes provide ideal opportunities for all sorts of adventures.


Westin Playa Bonita or similar

This superior beachfront property awaits you on Panama’s Pacific Coast. With a wealth of dining options featuring world-class cuisine, contemporary and stylish designs, several bars, a spa, and beautifully-appointed rooms, you’ll be surrounded every day by paradise. The hotels’ variety of pools, including an infinity pool looking out to the ocean, are a great way to spend the warm days, while the open and breezy dining options make for a superb sunset dinner.



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.

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