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From Panama Canal to Bogota

A combined-trip Panama - Colombia to discover the wealth of each country: Panama city, the canal and the wonderful islands of San Blas... And then Colombia with the beautiful city of Cartagena de Indias, the coffee region, Bogota and the Andes.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Tocumen Airport - Panama city - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 2: Panama city - Miraflores water locks - Casco Antiguo
  • Day 3: Panama city - Albrook Airport - Playon Chico
  • Day 4: Playon Chico
  • Day 5: Playon Chico - Albrook Airport - Tocumen Airport - Panama city - Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 6: Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 7: Cartagena de Indias
  • Day 8: Cartagena de Indias - Pereira
  • Day 9: Salento - Cocora Valley - Pereira
  • Day 10: Pereira - Bogota
  • Day 11: Bogota
  • Day 12: Bogota - Zipaquira - Bogota - Guatavita Laguna - Bogota
  • Day 13: Bogota

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Tocumen Airport - Panama city - Casco Antiguo


Arrival at Tocumen international airport in Panama City. First contact with the country. You will have a private transfer to your hotel. Please hand your travel documents.



Night at Las Clementinas Hotel.

Suite room.


Included : private transport, continental breakfast , room

Day 2: Panama city - Miraflores water locks - Casco Antiguo

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel for a city tour of Panama City.

Our first stop of the day will be in Panama La Vieja, first capital of the country before it was destroyed by the famous pirate Henry Morgan.

Then, we will head to the must-see Panama Canal and the Miraflores Locks. The visitor center offers a view on transiting vessels of all sorts (container ships, cruise ships, or tiny yachts). It explains the history of the Canal and how the locks work.

We will end our day with a tour in the Casco Antiguo. This bohemian center of Panama City will make you travel in time and immerge into the the historical past of the country. Take a walk in the narrow streets bordered with colorful buildings leading to the Plaza de Francia. Discover the Art-Deco architecture, the cathedral and visit the Panama Canal Museum.

Note 1: the Canal Museum and Panama La Vieja are closed on Mondays.
Note 2: The order of the visits depends on the Canal schedule.


Night at Las Clementinas Hotel.

Suite room.


Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, continental breakfast , room

Day 3: Panama city - Albrook Airport - Playon Chico


Your private driver will drive you from your hotel to Albrook Airport.

Early morning you will take a flight to Playon Chico.
Take off scheduled for around 6:00, duration: 45 min

Note: Limited weight of luggage (12 kg per person around for checked baggage and 2 kg for cabin baggage)

Once you get off the plane, a boat transfer will take you up to your lodge, it will take about 15 minutes.

Day at leisure to enjoy the heaven-like environment, far from the rest of the world.


You can choose from a series of tempting options: enjoy and rest on the white sandy beaches or on the comfort of a hammock, escape for a few hours on a deserted island, go meet the Kuna Natives and exchange some smiles with the children during a visit to a village in the comarca, enjoy freshly caught lobster or giant crab (depending on the season), explore the corals while snorkeling, discover the ancient art of molas or even take a boat trip in the middle of mangroves and tropical vegetation.



Night at Yandup Hotel.

Beach Front Cabin.


Included : private transport, domestic flight, transfer arrival, transfer departure, lunch, dinner, breakfast, excursion (shared)

Day 4: Playon Chico

Day at leisure to enjoy the heaven-like environment, far from the rest of the world.


You can choose from a series of tempting options: enjoy and rest on the white sandy beaches or on the comfort of a hammock, escape for a few hours on a deserted island, go meet the Kuna Natives and exchange some smiles with the children during a visit to a village in the comarca, enjoy freshly caught lobster or giant crab (depending on the season), explore the corals while snorkeling, discover the ancient art of molas or even take a boat trip in the middle of mangroves and tropical vegetation.



Night at Yandup Hotel.

Beach Front Cabin.


Included : transfer arrival, transfer departure, lunch, dinner, breakfast, excursion (shared)

Day 5: Playon Chico - Albrook Airport - Tocumen Airport - Panama city - Cartagena de Indias

Early in the morning, flight to Panama City.

Luggage weight limit is around 12 kg per person for checked baggage and 2 kg for cabin baggage
Take off scheduled for around 07:00, duration: 45 min

Transfer from Gelabert Airport (Albrook) to Tocumen International Airport for your international flight.
Note: depending on your flight schedule, plan a night in Panama City the day before departure.

International flight to Cartagena, Colombia.
Arrival at Cartagena de Indias, the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast, a fairy-tale city of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty lying within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena's old town is a Unesco World Heritage site – a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across plazas.
Transfer to your hotel in the historic center. Free time to enjoy the end of the day.


Overnight at Casa India Catalina hotel in Standard room.


Included : domestic flight, private transport, international flight, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 6: Cartagena de Indias

In the morning, you will go for a guided walking tour through the Walled City, including the visit of the most beautiful areas such as San Diego, Plaza Santo Domingo, Getsemani and other landmarks with very rich history.
Free afternoon to enjoy the city according to your desires.


Overnight at Casa India Catalina hotel in Standard room.


Included : entrance fees, excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast

Day 7: Cartagena de Indias

Half Day tour to visit the main historic and cultural sites of Cartagena:

- The Convento de la Popa
- The fortifications San Felipe Barajas
- The historic center : the Palace of the Inquisition, Santa Catalina Alejandria Cathedral, Basilica Menor

Free time to immerse yourself in the tropical atmosphere of the old town.

Note : the order of visits may be modified.
Free afternoon to enjoy the city according to your desires.


Overnight at Casa India Catalina hotel in Standard room.


Included : entrance fees, private transport, excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast

Day 8: Cartagena de Indias - Pereira

Transfer to Cartagena airport for your domestic flight.
Domestic flight to Pereira.
Welcome to the « Coffee Triangle », including the departments of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío, which together make up the heart of the Zona Cafetera, also called the Eje Cafetero. This area is famous for growing and producing the majority of the Colombian coffee, considered by some as the best coffee in the world.
Transfer to your Hacienda, a large traditional landed estate.
Dive into the colorful world of the exotic fruits! Trust the advice of the expert and treat yourself to a guided fruit tasting. You will be surprised and amazed by the diversity of colors, tastes and textures!
The owner of a prestigious « finca » will come to your hacienda to offer you a private demonstration to explain you everything about coffee, from seed to cup. A coffee tasting that will make you feel the soul of a real Colombian coffee.
You will no longer drink your coffee in the same way!


Overnight at Sazagua hotel in Standard room.


Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, transfer arrival, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 9: Salento - Cocora Valley - Pereira

Delve deep into this Colombia´s beautiful area.
This day will be dedicated to the discovery of the scenic landscapes and small villages:
- Jeep Willys ride in the countryside
- Hiking tour past the soaring wax-palm trees in lush Cocora Valley
- Lunch break
- Visit of Salento: panoramic tour, discovery of the local architecture, the houses made of bamboo and the colourful handicraft shops.


Overnight at Sazagua hotel in Standard room.


Included : lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast
Included opts : Private guide

Day 10: Pereira - Bogota

Perched onto the hills of Pereira City, the owner of this small finca will welcome you for a very special coffee tasting. You will be able to follow the roasting process. This is what influences the taste of the beverage and gives the beans the characteristic brown color. What´s best than ending this tour by drinking a cup of freshly roasted coffee?


Transfer to Pereira airport for your domestic flight.
Domestic flight to Bogota.

Arrival at Bogota El Dorado International airport.

Transfer to your hotel in the Candelaria district.

Free time to enjoy at your own Colombia´s capital city where modern districts and historic center, urban architecture and green parks stand alongside.



Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.


Included : private transport, entrance fees, transfer departure, domestic flight, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 11: Bogota

Full day to explore Colombia´s capital city of Bogota, known for its colonial and authentic atmosphere. Walking through its cobblestoned streets, you will discover colorful restored colonial mansions, splendid carved wooden balconies as well as churches built in baroque style.


- Cerro de Monserrate is the 3152m peak flanking the city´s east. Over there, you will envoy a stunning view over the city and abouts. On its top, there is a white church (accessible by cable car or by funicular railway) is a major mecca for pilgrims, particularly crowded on religious days.


- La Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, is a real messy Colombian market where you will be able to get exostic tastes and buy everything you need to cook a real "Bogotano" receipe.


- The Gold museum displays one of the most dazzling collection in South America. It brings together around 34.000 pieces of goldsmith work, considered as the world´s largest pre-Colombian collection of its kind. Those artifacts come from different civilizations : Quimbayas, Taironas, Muiscas or Tolimas.


- Botero Museum is dedicated to the most famous colombian artist, Fernando Botero. The Museum contains both his works (around a hundred of drawings, paintings and sculptures) as well as his private collection with no less than 85 masterpieces of well known artists, such as Dali, Renoir, Chagall, Picasso, Miro ...


- Bolivar Square (la Plaza Bolivar) surrounded by Bogota´s grandest buildings, including the Town Hall, the Palace of Justice, Primatial Cathedral, Congress Building...



Note 1: walking tour in the Candelaria colonial center (3 to 4 hours walking in the city). A vehicle is included for the visit of Montserrate.

Note 2: the order of visits may be modified depending on the weekday. (The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays. Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays).



Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.


Included : entrance fees, private transport, excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide for Bogota City Tour , Half-day transportation for Bogota City Tour

Day 12: Bogota - Zipaquira - Guatavita Laguna - Bogota

Full day excursion in the heart of the Cundinamarca department, with the visit of its two main attractions :
- Laguna de Guatavita
- The Cathedral of Zipaquira
Small panoramic tour of the city of Zipaquira before going back to Bogota.

Note : Laguna de Guatavita closed on Monday


Overnight at Casa Deco hotel in Standard room.


Included : private transport, entrance fees, excursion (private), local english-speaking guide , room & breakfast
Included opts : Private guide

Day 13: Bogota

Free time and transfer to the airport for your international flight.
Included : transfer departure

Las Clementinas Hotel   Casco Antiguo

Level : 4*
Included : continental breakfast , room

As intimate and as it is comfortable, Las Clementinas offers what may be Panama’s finest rooms in its most exciting location, Casco Viejo. Located in the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, just steps from some of Latin America’s most important historical monuments.

Hotel Yandup   Playon Chico

Level : 3*
Included : transfer arrival, transfer departure, lunch, dinner, breakfast, excursion (shared)

Yandup is a family owned lodge with seafront and overwater cabins in a small private island near the Playon Chico community in Kuna Yala. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and a small beach with white sand and crystal clear water. The lodge offers tours to the rainforest, river, mangroves, waterfall, Ukupseni (Playon Chico) community, cemetery and to other uninhabited islands with palm trees and white sand beach.

Night at the Casa India Catalina hotel - Standard room   Cartagena de Indias

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Casa India Catalina is located in a magnificent Republican building in the heart of the colonial city of Cartagena de Indias. The hotel offers elegant rooms and a swimming pool in its central courtyard. Casa India Catalina presents an alliance between modern furniture and traditional architectural elements. An enchanting setting for your stay on the Caribbean coast.

Night at the Sazagua hotel - Standard room   Pereira

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The hotel is located in the heart of the coffee triangle, into the Colombian Central Andes. Sazagua name pays homage to the Quimbaya civilization that inhabited the region. With a pleasant climate and an exceptional natural environment Sazagua is a Boutique Hotel for demanding visitors. The spaces evoke old large houses recreating atmospheres of the old era of coffee with an architecture based on wooden structures, extensive patios, and clay tiles, bright colors etc ... The eclectic decor with furniture from different eras or origin, with a choice of art collection, produced a captivating comfortable atmosphere.

Night at the Casa Deco hotel - Standard room   Bogota

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Situated in an Art Deco building in the neighborhood of "La Candelaria", the historic center of Bogota, the hotel has 21 modern and bright rooms. The hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the main monuments and museums.

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