Panama - Coastal Darien Explorer 4 days/3 nights
This unforgettable adventure takes place along the historic Gulf of San Miguel, where the Spanish discoverer Vasco Nuñez de Balboa became the first European to set eyes on the Pacific Ocean back in 1513. You will experience the authentic and rarely visited region of Darien and wander through ecosystems that exist since thousands of years. A professional guide will explain you interesting details. Admire the charming flora and fauna of the coastal area around the Punta Patiño Nature Reserve in Eastern Panama and meet the indigenous Embera. During different boat trips and small hiking tours you will have great opportunities to take lots of great pictures or videos and return with lasting impressions from this tour.
Day 1 Panama City – Punta Patiño Nature Reserve – Gulf of San Miguel
Early this morning you will be picked up by your Naturalist Guide at your hotel lobby. Enjoy a scenic 3.5 to 4-hour ride from Panama City along the Pan-American highway, east, to Puerto Quimba, Darien. Along the way, your Naturalist Guide will give you an introduction to your 4-day adventure while traveling from a vibrant cosmopolitan city to small farming towns and indigenous villages; from multi-lane highways to narrows country roads; from skyscrapers to simple houses along rivers with meadows and forests. In a small village along the way stop for a typical Panamanian breakfast where you will enjoy an arrange of local fritters, fresh fruits, freshly brewed coffee and more local specialties. Late morning arrival to Puerto Quimba, embark a motorized boat and enjoy a 1.5-hour boat ride along the Tuira River and the Pacific Ocean to the private 65,000-acre Punta Patiño Nature Reserve, overlooking the Gulf of San Miguel, where you settle into your private rustic cabin. After a light and refreshing lunch you will head out on your first excursion of the trip. Lead by your Naturalist Guide you will hike into the forest in search of nature creatures and exquisite flora. You will learn about the work that the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON) is carrying out to protect the reserve and how the rainforest is regenerating. This evening you will take a short walk to look for caiman, owls and other nocturnal species. You will spend the night at Punta Patiño Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Day 2 The Embera People of the Mogue River
This morning you embark on a motorized dugout canoe and head for the Mogue River. You will look for Roseate Spoonbill, Ibis, Osprey and Raccoons fishing along the river. The trip up river takes you through millenary mangroves making the boat ride extraordinary. You arrive at the village of Mogue where its inhabitants greet you. After the formalities and presentations, you will be able to learn about their culture and traditions. If interested, you will also have the opportunity of buying their beautiful handicrafts that are made from natural materials. The men are expert carvers of Cocobolo wood and the women weave extraordinary baskets from palm fibers with dyes from different plants. On your return trip to the lodge you will do a coastal tour of the reserve. This afternoon is free to continue exploring the area surrounding the lodge on your own, enjoy the view from the veranda on the second floor or a siesta on one of the hammocks or at your cabin. You will spend the night at Punta Patiño Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Day 3 Punta Patiño Nature Reserve
After a hearty breakfast you will enter with your guide into the primary forest of the reserve. The emergent tree species here is the impressive Cuipo. You will hike a back trail in search of more flora and fauna. You return to the lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon you board your boat for a coastal tour of the reserve and the sea bird’s nesting areas of El Morro. You will spend the night at Punta Patiño Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Day 4 Return to Panama City
Early this morning you can continue birding with our guide or we may opt for taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the tranquility of the isolated beach. Midmorning you take a boat ride to Puerto Quimba and go from there by land back to Panama City. Drop off at hotel late afternoon. Breakfast is included.
- 3-nights lodging at Punta Patiño Lodge
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- All land/water transportation on the tour
- Park and related entrance fees
- Bed sheets and shower towel
- Local guides’ services and expenses
- Panama City Hotel
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal equipment
- Gratuities and extras
- Travel insurances
- Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing. However, they are subject to change due to tidal/weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.
- Please remember that there is no cell phone reception or stores in most of the area you will be traveling to on this excursion.
Minimun number of travellers: 4
You do not have to present the minimum number. We will take your reservation and add it to others to create a group.
- Price per person: 885 €
- Single supplement: 140 €
There is no discount for children as this tour is not planned for children below the age of 12. From the age of 12 the full price is charged.
The trip consists of moderate hiking with rolling hills and optional activities like extended nocturnal hikes. Lodge accommodations are rustic, but comfortable.
We recommend the following equipment list:
- Camera with extra batteries and sufficient storage capacity
- Flashlight with extra bulb and batteries
- Bathing suit or bathing shorts
- Insect repellant
- 1 duffle bag / small suitcase
- Water bottle
- Sandals, sneakers, hiking boots
- Lightweight and quick dry cotton clothes
- Rain gear
- Money in small denominations
- Personal medications
The Punta Patiño lodge is located atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the South and surrounded by the natural splendour of the area. Its ten well appointed, very rustic cabins are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms. A dinning hall and a chapel dating back to the early 20th century are all part of the lodge’s facilities. Electricity is only available after sunset to sunrise (approximately from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)
- Cancellations made with more than 30 days notice are subject to a full refund of the deposit.
- Cancellations made between 30 and 15 days prior to the first day of the tour are subject to a 50% refund of the total cost of the tour.
- Cancellations made within 15 days of the first day of the tour are not subject to refunds. This is also applicable for no shows or when terminating the trip earlier.
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