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Panama Walking & Hiking Tour
Panama Walking & Hiking Tour

The lush tropical jungle pulses with life. An emerald-colored resplendent quetzal enlivens the canopy, while the roar of a howler monkey reverberates through the forest. Butterflies flap lazily past. You can almost feel the strangler figs and orchids growing around you. Panama embodies the very essence of natural splendor - in overdrive! Experience the vacation of a lifetime in a destination long beloved by dreamers, explorers and adventurers. It's beautiful, authentic and astonishing. ¡Bienvenidos a Panamá!

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.


This Premiere Inn Trip includes one Casual Inn night at Casa Grande Bambito. The guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We’ve chosen this property because of its proximity to the best hiking trails in the area, including Sendero Los Quetzales.

Days 1-2 Marvel at the Panama Canal, a century-old engineering feat of epic proportions On the lookout for monkeys, sloths and a multitude of birds, hike in the splendid Parque Metropolitano, a tropical forest within the Panama City limits Step back in time on our walking tour of Panama City's Casco Viejo, a World Heritage site brimming with ornate French and Spanish Colonial architecture Boat to nearby Taboga Island, "Island of Flowers," for a challenging hike with stunning views Painter Paul Gauguin once tried to buy land on this island! On a special after-hours tour, our guide at the Miraflores Locks shares the Panama Canal's fascinating history.

Day 3 Journey beneath mighty Barú Volcano, relishing the cool highland air and stunning forest that surrounds you  With a little luck, you might even spot the elusive quetzal, one of the most striking birds of the tropics After a scenic flight to David in western Panama, shuttle into the verdant Cordillera Central mountain range At Finca Drácula, at the edge of a magical World Biosphere Reserve, experience the largest collection of rare orchids in Latin America.

Days 4-6 Hike on the famed Sendero Los Quetzales alongside an expert naturalist As you stride amid misty cloud forest, clear streams, palms and bamboo forest, you'll understand why this trail is considered one of Central America's best hiking routes Taste the best of Panama's "black gold" during a tour and guided walk at historic Finca Lerida, a lush 900-acre coffee plantation Before flying back to Panama City, walk to a private sanctuary dedicated to conservation and rehabilitation of animals including howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys, sloths, ocelots and coatimundis.

Trip Highlights
  • Experience Panama at its untamed exotic best by land, water and air
  • Cloud forest, rain forest and volcanoes - discover a wealth of breathtaking landscapes
  • Soak up the charm of Casco Viejo, a World Heritage site dubbed "Panama's Up-and-Coming District" by Travel + Leisure
  • Be awed by the Panama Canal at the famous Miraflores Locks
  • Tour, taste and explore at a historic coffee plantation in lush mountainous Boquete
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Premiere Inns

American Trade Hotel (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.

Casa Grande Bambito Highlands (1 night): A highland lodge nestled among 400 densely forested acres, just steps away from the Río Chiriquí Viejo.

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)

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
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 2 400
Casco Viejo Walking Tour (1.5 Hours)
2 3 1000 5 1500
3 4 700 5 1100
Orchid Farm Tour (1 Hour)
4 5* 1200 7 1700 10 2000
5 2* 500 8 2000
3 600
6 4 900
Animal Sanctuary Visit (1 Hour)

* Includes a shuttle

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 2/8-13 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $820 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $310

*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.
Internal flights from $310.

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

This trip focuses on the remarkable natural treasures of Panama's highlands. You'll enjoy a diversity of hiking terrain, from easygoing to challenging, amid some truly spectacular tropical scenery! And you can look forward to three outstanding hotels, handpicked for their range of luxuries and welcoming atmosphere. And don't get me started on the dinners...in short, you're in for some delicious meals on this trip!
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Latin America