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Panama Canal

Posted in Worldwide Travel Destinations  by admin on February 7th, 2009

A great vacation and one that is educational and fun as well is a trip to Panama City, where you and your family will see first hand the Panama Canal. Let’s take a look at a typical itinerary.

Day 1 – Arrive Panama City

Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel where your Panama family vacation begins.

Days 2 and 3 – Chiriqui Highlands

Cloud forests, volcanic peaks and coffee plantations create the remarkable landscape of the Chiriqui Highlands. Along with beauty, there is plenty of fun to be had here too. Enjoy these family tours:

* White water rafting trip down the Esti River. It is beginner-friendly and a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the tropical surroundings, including cormorant kingfisher birds, otters, tropical trees and orchids.

* Take the Zipline Canopy Tour where you will wind your way through a course in La Amistad International Park. The excitement of gliding from platform to platform high in the rainforest canopy is indescribable.

Days 4 and 5 – Bocas Del Toro Archipelago

Bocas is a scattering of seven islands off the northwest coast of Panama and there is a unique funky and relaxed ambience throughout the region. Your family excursion to Bastimentos Island to snorkel and explore the wildlife rich rainforest will make for an unforgettable day.

Also included are:

* Go hiking in the Bastimentos National Marine Park where you will find white-faced titi monkeys, sloths and red poison dart frogs (that aren’t poisonous at all). Bring your sneakers and get those cameras ready! It’s a beautiful hike.

* You’ll stop at coral reefs and mangrove isles for some snorkeling. There is a large variety and an abundance of fish here – keep an eye out for sea horses, barracuda, and clown fish.

* Most children traveling with us share letters with a local child of similar age before leaving on their adventure. While on the family trip we organize a pen-pal meeting with a scheduled activity like soccer or hacky sack. It’s amazing how such interaction can be a real eye-opener for everyone involved.

Days 6 to 8 – Panama Canal

There is something very moving, for children and adults, about seeing the Panama Canal for the first time. The enormity of this engineering marvel boggles the mind. The vast jungle that had to be divided, the massive locks, and then there’s the forty ships that pass through the canal every day. Your family will see it all on this Panama adventure.

Also included are:

* Miraflores Locks is a mile long and is part of a lock system that takes ships from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and return. After watching a ship go through the locks, be sure to go to the museum.

* See how the Embera Tribe lives. Explore their native dances and traditional artwork during your time in the village. These friendly indigenous people will also go over how and why they moved to their current village on the Chagras River.

* Voyage across Gutan Lake in the Panama Canal, passing gigantic cargo and passenger ships. Children are never disappointed with how immense some of these vessels really are. Many dwarf everything in sight! And of course you’ll see plenty of wildlife too – iguanas, crocodiles and peacocks just to name a few.

Day 9 – Depart Panama City for Home

This is sure to be a memorable, educational, and fun trip for the entire family. Take plenty of pictures for the family scrapbook.

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