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Panama Explorer (10 days)

Ladatco Tours

Panama City, Panama To Panama City, Panama

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2019


Day 1
Panama City, Panama
American Trade Hotel None

Upon arrival in the "Crossroads of the Americas," Panama, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, American Trade Hotel, in the heart of Casco Viejo for your first two nights.

Day 2
Panama City, Panama
American Trade Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Full day excursion that begins with an early morning transfer into the former Canal Zone area to board a ship that will provide a partial transit of the Panama Canal, sometimes referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". You will actually pass the Miraflores Locks, into the Gaillard Cut and into Pedro Miguel locks. At Pedro Miguel you debark and continue by surface to the Visitor's Center at Miraflores, with four exhibition halls (history, water, canal in action and canal in the world). From the "Zone" area your visit will take you to both the old and modern sections of this capital city. Visit the famed ruins of Old Panama founded in 1521 and sacked by Henry Morgan. The old section, dating back to the 1600's, in Casco Viejo, houses the Presidential Palace, National Cathedral; visit the famed Gold Alter. Lunch will be included en route.

Day 3
Panama City, Panama
Valle de Anton, Panama
Los Mandarinos Breakfast

Cross the Bridge of the Americas and drive two hours into the cool highlands of El Valle, where many Panamanians have weekend homes. We'll visit the quaint Sunday farmers & artisans market (market only takes place on Sundays). Continue for an exhilarating adventure on the Canopy Tour as you zip along the rainforest tree tops from platform to platform. Check into your hotel in El Valle for the night, Los Mandarinos, a small boutique hotel with spa facilities.

Day 4
Valle de Anton, Panama
Boquete, Panama
Panamonte Inn & Spa Breakfast, Lunch

Your local host will drive you westward along the Pan American Highway to David and the cut off that will take you to the Panamanian highlands (lunch will be en route) and the beautiful Boquete valley (considered one of the world’s best places to live/retire) and your charming mountain inn, Panamonte Inn & Spa.

Day 5
Boquete, Panama
Panamonte Inn & Spa Breakfast, Lunch

Today you can select between enjoying an exhilarating experience white water rafting on the Chiriqui River which has some of the best rapids (class II-V) in the world. If you do not want rafting, then you will enjoy a hike on the Quetzal Trail. Hiking through primary forest, full of orchids, rivers, waterfalls in search of the elusive quetzal. Picnic lunch provided on either excursion.

Day 6
Boquete, Panama
David, Panama
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Tranquilo Bay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your host will drive you to the airport in David (about 1-hour drive) where you will board the flight to Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro, where you will be met by your hosts of Tranquilo Bay. Board the boat for the 45-minute ride to the lodge.

Day 7
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Tranquilo Bay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Tranquilo Bay you will have a selection of activities to chose from as part of your stay.

Day 8
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Tranquilo Bay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Selection of activities available .

Day 9
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Panama City, Panama
Hotel Bristol Breakfast

Today you will fly back to Panama City for your last night at the Hotel Bristol before returning home.

Day 10
Panama City, Panama
Miami, FL United States
None Breakfast

At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

NOTE: Depending on flight schedules, you may need to overnight in Panama for additional cost.

Tour Features


Experiences have not been selected at this time


  • Highlights:

  • Panama Canal

  • Chiriqui Province

  • Bocas del Tor

About Us

LADATCO Custom Designs South & Central America, the Falkland Islands & Antarctica. Here are 5 reasons to travel with LADATCO:

1) 50+ years of Destination Knowledge & Experience

2) Been There/Done That-We are destination specialists & proud to be on the cutting edge of destination knowledge

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5) On the Road-Our partners in Latin America share our commitment for hands-on care & individual attention

At LADATCO, we elevate the Experience of travel...beyond the the level of Pampered Adventure

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Terms & Conditions

Deposit $750 per person in order to confirm space.

Second deposit to complete a total deposit of 30% of total cost due upon confirmation of all space.

Full payment due 65 days prior.

Cancellation policy - to be verified for each booking but in general:



Up to 90 days prior departure $ 750

89 to 61 days prior departure 30% of tour costs

60 to 31 days prior departure 50% of tour costs

30 to 00 days prior departure 100% of tour costs

NOTE: No Refunds are made for changes made en route at the discretion of the traveler.

Because everything is Custom Designed, deposit-payment-cancellation policy will be confirmed for each booking and the above is for general guidelines only.

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Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

great guides

By: andi 007

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott



Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Galapagos and Ecuador Trip - 2017

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Local travel

By: Susu

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Peru December 2017

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer


By: Doug

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2018

Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful for us not only enjoying our time in Peru, but understanding this beautiful country full of so much mysterious history.
Travel Advisor:  Molly Reidel

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By: jim

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2018

Excellent company to work with Very helpful - great contcts
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer