Balancing the thrills of active adventure with peaceful nature-watching, this women's-only itinerary highlights the best of Panama's magical ecosystems. From the Panama Canal Watershed and the cloud forests of Mount Totumas and Boquete, to the crystalline waters of the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park, zipline over forest canopy, learn local birds from naturalists, kayak the Panama Canal, snorkel amongst tropical fish, tour a coffee plantation, and summit the highest peak in Panama with views of both the Pacific and Caribbean. For a little downtime, bask in the quiet of comfortable eco-lodges and charming inns.
Discover cosmopolitan Panama City and kayak the ecologically diverse Soberanía National Park
Summit the highest peak in Panama with views of both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea
Snorkel and cruise the crystalline waters of Chiriquí Gulf Marine National Park
Meet an MT Sobek representative at customs, who will assist you and transfer you to your hotel in Panama City. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with the group.
Rise early this morning and transfer to the rainforest of Soberanía National Park. As the landscape changes, be on the lookout for toucans, sloths and other early-risers. Get a safety briefing and orientation from the local guide, then board your kayak and paddle into the heart of the Panama Canal Watershed. This afternoon, return to Panama City for a walking tour of Casco Viejo, settled by the Spanish in 1673 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy other parts of the city and dinner on your own tonight.
After breakfast, transfer from Panama City for your flight to David. A driver will meet you and transfer you to the town of Volcán, located to the west of Volcano Baru, to lunch at a local gourmet restaurant. Then begin your journey to Mount Totumas, a lush cloud forest in the middle of a 400-acre private reserve. Admire the views from the road and keep your eyes out for wildlife. Upon arrival, learn about the eco-lodge and go for a short afternoon hike to get oriented with the reserve.
After a delicious breakfast, slow down and spend the rest of the day getting to know the eco-lodge and its lush cloud forest, known for unspoiled nature, 200 species of birds, and 15 species of hummingbirds! Start the day with a guided hike and get to know local species like Howler Monkeys, the Resplendent Quetzal and the Crested Guan, then explore a bit on your own. Tonight, relax at the bonfire with a glass of wine and board games, listening to the sounds of nature all around you.
In the late morning, transfer from Mount Totumas to Finca Lerida, an eco-lodge and coffee plantation outside of Boquete. Here, experience the everyday activities of Panamanian women growing, harvesting and processing coffee and learn how soil, microclimate and plant genetics all influence a coffee's identity and flavor profile. Cap off the end of your day with a historical tour of the plantation and a naturalist overview of the surrounding forest. Dinner tonight at Finca Lerida's gourmet restaurant — save room for coffee!
Your trekking adventure today challenges you to summit to the Baru Volcano, Panama's highest peak and a dormant volcano just south of the Continental Divide, one of the only places in the world where you can see both the Pacific and the Caribbean Sea at the same time. Traverse the volcano's beautiful cloud forest, green hills and rocky cliffs. From the top, soak in breathtaking views. After a long 6- to 7-hour hike, return by a 4x4 vehicle down the mountain and back to Finca Lerida to freshen up for a delicious dinner.
Early this morning, head into a verdant valley outside the town of Boquete. After a short hike into the forest, get a safety orientation on ziplining the forest canopy. From 12 different cables, glide up to 2.5 miles through the treetops of the cloud forest at a breathtaking speed, far above rivers and waterfalls. Or (optional) walk along hanging bridges for a more relaxed view. After lunch, continue on to Boca Chica, the gateway to the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park, where you can relax on the beach, take a dip in the pools, kayak or snorkel. Dinner tonight at the hotel.
Wake to enjoy a snorkeling tour of the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park, home to a colorful and diverse array of marine wildlife. Founded in 1994, the park protects crystalline waters that cover 34,000 acres of coral reefs, mangroves and marine meadow habitats. In the afternoon, join a diving or kayaking excursion, or a hike into the jungle to explore. If you prefer, simply relax by the pools and gardens, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
After breakfast, transfer to the local airport for your flight back to Panama City, and then transfer to your hotel. Take the afternoon to enjoy lunch on your own, explore the city, go souvenir shopping, get a spa treatment, or take a nap by the pool. Tonight, enjoy a festive farewell dinner with your group.
After breakfast, transfer to the Tocumen International Airport for your flight home.
MT Sobek has been leading adventurous women around the world for 50 years.
This unique women's adventure in Panama includes a blend of active adventures, from cloud forest hikes to kayaking, snorkeling and more.
We work with an expert team of guides in Panama, who offer local insight and an im-mersive cultural experience.
Moderate to strenuous hikes up to 8.5 miles (including summiting a dormant volcano) ziplining, kayaking, snorkeling, and scenic nature tours.
Deluxe accommodations in downtown Panama City, a cloud forest eco-lodge, an elegant coffee plantation, and a charming seaside hotel.
Panama has a tropical climate, with year-round constant temperatures ranging from 90F during the daytime to 70F in the evening.
You could stay back at the Finca Lerida, enjoy the grounds, or explore the town of Bo-quete on your own.
The trees that support the cables are tall, strong, and resistant. The local experts will instruct you on all the safety aspects and will accompany you along the way.
We aim to inspire camaraderie through goal-oriented activities and by learning new outdoor skills. But mostly we just like to bring groups of cool women together to have fun — that's all!
Our scheduled departures of this trip are for women only. We are happy to schedule private departures of this itinerary to all of our guests, or recommend similar trips that we offer.
Some will, but we do not require that the guides on our women's trips be women. We only require that they be outstanding guides — the best in the business.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
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