Panama Family Multisport
- Admire the awesome Panama Canal, a 99-year-old engineering marvel of epic proportions
- Discover Panama's enthralling history and gloriously rich indigenous cultures
- Savor Boquete's cool highland air and stunning forest as you hike in the realm of mighty Barú Volcano
- Snorkel on the second largest coral reef in the Pacific and relax at resplendent tropical retreats
- Visit a wildlife research and rehabilitation center to get up close and personal with Panamian species like the howler monkey
Tropical Fun from the Canal to the Highlands & Islands
It's a jungle out there. And you're gonna love it! What's not to adore about this carefree, fun-filled, action-packed multisport adventure? It's loaded with opportunities for bird-watching, wildlife-spotting, boat rides, beach time, cultural immersion and more. Special activities like snorkeling, a scavenger hunt and playing with the local kids are sure to be a hit with the younger set. Grown-ups will appreciate the chance to kick back and relax at welcoming tropical retreats. Best of all, while our behind-the-scenes experts handle the logistics and our talented trip leaders facilitate the fun, you and your family are free to discover, learn, laugh and savor your Panama experience as it unfolds seamlessly.
Day 1 Visit an indigenous Emberá village and learn about this community's culture and traditional cuisine Imagine you've stepped into the pages of National Geographic while cruising up the fabled Chagres River in a motorized dug-out canoe Marvel at the Panama Canal, a 99-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 Enjoy dinner with a privileged view of the locks in action.
Days 2-3 Hike amid bromeliads and wild avocados, keeping eyes peeled for stunning - yet elusive - quetzals and funny-looking three-wattled bellbirds Take a scenic flight to David in western Panama and shuttle into the Chiriquí province's highlands Trek and bike through the mist-shrouded cloud forest of Boquete - perhaps hearing the roar of howler monkeys reverberate through the primordial greenery Tour and taste at Finca Lerida, a historic shade-grown coffee plantation Junior explorers whoop it up at a kids-only dinner while grown-ups savor gourmet cuisine at Panamonte Inn & Spa.
Days 4-6 Boat from Boca Chica to a secluded beach and snorkel in the Chiriquí Gulf National Marine Park with a chance to see dolphins and colorful reef fish Descend by bike into the heart of the Chiriquí province, passing through coffee plantations and small towns set against a backdrop of towering volcanoes Enjoy one last hike at a private sanctuary that protects species like the howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys, sloths, ocelots, and coatis that call Panama home.
Guests 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 - biking, hiking, snorkeling, boating, naturalist-guided outings, and more - 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!- Regional Manager, Latin America
Casual & Premiere Inns*
Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Gamboa (1 night) Nestled within wildlife-rich Soberanía National Park, this stunning former residence of the Panama Canal's administrators has been restored to its 1930s splendor. (pool, spa)
Panamonte Inn & Spa
Boquete (2 nights) Since opening in 1914, this charming Colonial-style hotel - with beautiful gardens and a cool comfortable setting at 4,000 feet - has hosted such notable guests as Teddy Roosevelt and Charles Lindbergh. (spa)
Bocas del Mar
Boca Chica (2 nights) A boutique hotel with contemporary-styled bungalows, set amid gardens just steps from the water. (pool)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
|8 - 9 guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $3,798 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3
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|
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|Other||Embera cultural tour (4 hours)|
|Other||Flight Panama City to David (1 hour)|
|5||Other||Boat excursion and snorkel - Archipelago de Chiriqui (5 hours)|
|Other||Afternoon optional activities (3 hours)|
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).
On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* Includes a shuttle