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Panama Family Breakaway Multisport Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • Admire the awesome Panama Canal, a 100-year-old engineering marvel of epic proportions
  • Discover Panama's enthralling history and gloriously rich indigenous cultures
  • Explore historic Fort San Lorenzo and Portobelo, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Paddle down the Chagres River, admiring the lush aquatic vegetation and watching for toucans in the tress
  • Stroll the white-sand shores of Playa Blanca or snorkel and swim in the Caribbean

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From the Canal to the Caribbean Coast

A forested wonderland ringed with white-sand beaches, Panama will astonish your whole family. Paddle through rain forest down the Chagres River, listening for howler monkeys and watching for the bright, unmistakable flash of a toucan’s bill. Set sail for a day of beach time—swimming, snorkeling, relaxing. The engineering wonder of the Panama Canal dazzles the mind. The streets of Casco Viejo and ruins of 16th-century Fort San Lorenzo whisper of the country's Spanish colonial past. And the warmth of the nation's indigenous cultures welcomes you to a place you may never want to leave.


Days 1-2 Visit an indigenous Emberá village and learn about this community's culture and traditional cuisine  Catch a glimpse of sloths, birds, and monkey’s on a hike through Panama City’s only wildlife refuge Take a walking tour of Casco Viejo’s historic plazas and cathedrals.

Day 3 Marvel at the Panama Canal, a 100-year-old engineering feat of epic proportions Find out about the canal's historical significance, its construction and watershed during a private guided tour of the Miraflores Locks museum  Take in the beauty of the Chagres River on a peaceful downstream paddle amid lush green vegetation and brilliant tropical birds  Keep an eye out for toucans, monkeys and maybe even a kinkajou as you hike to Gamboa’s observation tower, where you can see the sprawling rain forest and Panama Canal from above.

Days 4-6 Splash in the Pacific and relax at resplendent tropical retreats Surrounded by rain forest, pedal to the haunting ruins of a Spanish fort that dates back to the 16th century Stroll the quiet streets of Portobelo, a sleepy fishing village that was once a vital stop in the Spanish silver trade route Set sail for a day of snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing on the impossibly white sand of Playa Blanca.

Premiere Inns*

American Trade Hotel
American Trade Hotel

Panama City (2 nights) One of the most distinctive places to stay in Panama City, this gorgeously restored Colonial masterpiece (formerly an upscale department store) is ideally located in the city's grand historic center.

Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Gamboa Rainforest Resort
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Gamboa (1 night) Bordering wildlife-rich Soberanía National Park, this stunning former residence of the Panama Canal's administrators has been restored to its 1930s splendor. (pool, spa)

El Otro Lado
El Otro Lado

Portobelo (2 nights) Perched over the bay in Portobelo National Park, this jungle retreat features brightly colored bungalows and a beautifully decorated gazebo. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

One of the words that comes to mind when I think about Panama is "diversity." For such a small country, the array of landscapes, plants and animals here is truly astonishing! And I think our Panama Multisport trips, with their great blend of activities offer the ideal introduction to such variety. In fact, you'll probably come away from your trip having done and seen more with Backroads in six days than you'd experience in a couple weeks on your own!
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Latin America

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-2

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
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1 Other Miraflores Locks Guided Tour (1 Hour)
Other Embera Community Visit (3 Hours)
2 Walking/Hiking 2 400
Other Casco Viejo Walking Tour (1 Hour)
3 Walking/Hiking 3 600
Kayaking on the Chagres River (3 Hours)
4 Biking 6 400 16 800
Other Portobelo Walking Tour (1 Hour)
5 Other Boat & Snorkeling Excursion (5 Hours)
Other Optional Fishing & Hiking
6 Walking/Hiking 3 400

On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 5% dirt and 95% paved).

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Panama tour experts. See our award-winning Latin America multisport tours, Latin America biking tours and Latin America walking and hiking tours.


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All meals included except 1 dinner

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