Beautiful, authentic and astonishing - Panama has something for everyone. Bike in the Chiriquí highlands, a region so lush you can almost feel the forest growing around you. Hike in the shadow of Barú Volcano, the country's loftiest peak. Be awed by the Panama Canal. Get your buzz on at a coffee plantation, and find bliss on a secluded beach. And don't forget the people - seven indigenous cultures call this paradise home. ¿No habla español? No worries - English works here too. You'll fit right in. But feel like you're somewhere exotic. In Panama!
Day 1 Visit an indigenous Emberá village and learn about this community's culture and traditional cuisine Marvel at the Panama Canal, a 100-year-old engineering feat of epic proportions Find out about the canal's historic significance, its construction and watershed during a private guided tour of the Miraflores Locks museum Cruise by motorized piragua on the Chagres River - a journey upstream through the rain forest of Chagres National Park, one of the richest birding areas in the world!
Days 2-3 Delight in Boquete's cool highland air and stunning forest as you hike and bike beneath mighty Barú Volcano, perhaps hearing the roar of howler monkeys Take a scenic flight to David in western Panama and shuttle into the vaulting Cordillera Central mountain range Tour and taste at Finca Lérida, a historic shade-grown coffee plantation.
Days 4-6 Splash in the Pacific and relax at resplendent tropical retreats Descend by bike into the heart of the Chiriquí province, passing through coffee plantations and small towns set against a backdrop of towering volcanoes Boat from Boca Chica into the pristine Chiriquí Gulf National Marine Park to snorkel among dolphins and schools of colorful fish Find your own piece of Panama heaven at a sublimely secluded eco-lodge, bask on a hidden tropical island beach and swim in the ocean Greet the morning with a kayak excursion through the mangroves of Boca Chica before you fly back to Panama City.
- Marvel at the Panama Canal, a 100-year-old engineering feat of epic proportions
- Discover Panama's enthralling history and gloriously rich indigenous cultures
- Venture into the cloud forest and learn about coffee production
- Savor Boquete's cool highland air and stunning forest as you hike in the realm of the mighty Barú Volcano
- Relax and enjoy the good life at resplendent tropical retreats
Gamboa Rainforest Resort (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)
Panamonte Inn & Spa (2 nights): Since its 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 (2 nights): A boutique hotel with contemporary-styled bungalows set amid gardens just steps from the water's edge. (pool)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
|miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain|
|1||Other||Miraflores Locks Guided Tour (1 Hour)|
|Other||Embera Community Visit (3 Hours)|
|5||Other||Gulf of Chiriquí Island Excursion (5 Hours)|
|Other||Afternoon Optional Activities|
|6||Kayaking||around Boca Chica (2 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).
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
If you and your family are looking for an adventure that features lots of diversity, this trip is a clear standout. For such a small country, the variety of landscapes, plants and animals in Panama is truly remarkable! And I think our Panama Multisport trips, with their great blend of activities - biking, hiking, boating, naturalist-guided outings, and more - offer the ideal introduction to the country.- Regional Manager, Latin America