Day 1: Playa Blanca
Welcome to Panama City. Upon arrival, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Transport by taxi to Playa Blanca and arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There are many exciting things to explore in Playa Blanca.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll on Playa Blanca. The beach is long and you can walk as far as you feel like going. Playa Blanca is clean and is very safe to walk up and down the white sandy beach. Make sure to take a walk down the beach towards the Royal Decameron where there are more choices of nightlife, restaurants, and shops.
Day 2: Playa Blanca
Take a Panama Canal Tour, one of the greatest feats of modern engineering and is an icon of Panama, and a must-see spot. Built in the early 20th-century to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Canal developed an important shortcut for ships and has played a sizeable role in world trade and the global economy. The most visited place is the Miraflores Locks where you will find the Canal Museum, videos that explain its operation, and a viewpoint for watching ships of all sizes make their way through the canal.
Stroll through Casco Viejo ('Casco Antiguo'), Panama's historical and cultural district that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. This is one of the favorite places in the city; there is something about the sea breeze mixed with the rich history and culture that provides a truly special feeling when walking through these narrow alleyways. You will find beautiful buildings - some undergoing restoration, and others completely restored - and there are many charming restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels, and craft shops. Casco Viejo has a colonial architecture, neoclassical and Art Deco buildings, which makes it different from old towns such as Cartagena or Quito. Enjoy lunch at La Casa del Marisco ('House of Seafood') in which delicacies of the sea are the featured at this refined, classic place. This is an exclusive spot, but it is well worth the splurge. It is recommended because it provides a good sample of the real atmosphere of Panama City's historic district. Visit the nearby San Jose Church which is one of the most important and ancient places in both Casco Viejo and all of Panama. An exact replica of the church of the same name that once stood in Panama Viejo (Old Panama) protects the Golden Altar, the only relic that was salvaged when pirate Henry Morgan ransacked the old city.
Before the U.S. constructed the Panama Canal, the French made an attempt to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Located on the south end of Casco Viejo, Plaza de Francia (also known as Las Bovedas) praises that attempt and to the thousands who died in the process. In addition to the square's historic importance, there is a beautiful path above the panels, known as Paseo de Las Bovedas, which makes a wonderful place to sit and look out over the big Puente de last Americas and the boats waiting to pass through the canal. For dinner, Tantalo Kitchen is a festive restaurant a bar that is popular with locals and tourists alike. Take a seat in the dining room to enjoy local art and delicious tapas, and then head up to the roof-top bar for drinks against a magnificent view of the city skyline.
Day 3: Playa Blanca
Leave behind the asphalt jungles of the city and the civilized comfort of a resort, and come play with the Jungle Jeep Adventures in the wilderness of a virgin jungle. You haven’t seen Panama if you haven’t seen the jungle. The jungle is where adventures are. That’s where exotic birds, unlike any others, sing their songs. That is where wild fish are waiting to be caught by you for your dinner. The jungle is where the air is balmy, lakes are pristine, greenery is untouched, and wildlife is, well – wild- That’s where true Panama reveals its beauty to those who want to live big and to have stories to tell your friends.
Additional Days: Playa Blanca
Take a Surfing Excursion. This is a great excursion for the experienced and beginners alike - a competent coach will help you along if you have never surfed before. Spend a day exploring Anton Valley (El Valle de Anton) which is a town about 1 1/2 hours from Playa Blanca. It's in the crater of an extinct volcano, surrounded by mountains and cloud forest. To the north, Cerro Gaital National Park protects 3 hills: Cerro Gaital, Cerro Pajita and Cerro Caracoral. Its trails have ocean views and the park is home to hundreds of species of native birds, including the red-legged honeycreeper, the bay-headed tanager and the blue-crowned motmot.
Your Last Day in Playa Blanca
Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport, if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time to get you to the airport for your flight out.