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Bring the lesson plans to life – substitute your kids’ science books for hands-on, active discovery of a variety of precious ecosystems and wildlife.
Largely untapped as a travel resource, tropical Panama is a natural utopia; this Central American nation is a family adventure destination like no other! The combination of protected habitats and the expertise of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute deliver an unmatched fun and educational experience for kids and parents alike.
Beginning your tour in Panama City, you and your family will discover the abundant treasures of one of the planet’s richest ecological paradises. Take a jungle boat ride through Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, observing howler monkeys, iguanas and crocodiles. Give practical context to your children’s history lessons with an up-close exploration of the Panama Canal’s massive Miraflores Locks. Then ride a motorized dugout canoe, or piragua, up the Chagres River to an Emberá indigenous village, where you will learn some of the Emberá peoples’ traditional customs. For your family’s introduction to the work being done by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), learn how the Punta Culebra Nature Center’s work can enlighten the public about the conservation of delicate marine habitats.
Continue on to the Chiriqui highlands and enjoy a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure. Soar through the tropical cloud forest canopy on a zip line for a total adrenaline rush.
In Bocas del Toro, walk a rain forest trail alive with sloths, monkeys, birds, caimans and poison dart frogs. Snorkel among coral reefs and mangroves, observing angel fish, squid, cleaning shrimp, octopus and the Caribbean spiny lobster. Every day of this itinerary provides priceless opportunities to explore some of the world’s most important ecosystems.
|Dates||Adult Price||Teen Price||Child Price||Internal Air|
|03/15 - 03/23||$4,390||$4,290||$4,190||$300|
|03/22 - 03/30||$4,390||$4,290||$4,190||$300|
|06/21 - 06/29||$4,390||$4,290||$4,190||$300|
|12/26 - 01/03||$4,790||$4,690||$4,590||$300|
Bring the lesson plans to life – substitute your kids’ science books for hands-on, active discovery of a variety of precious ecosystems and wildlife. The combination of protected habitats and the expertise of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), deliver an unmatched fun and educational experience for kids and parents alike.
- Gatun Lake jungle boat adventure
- Miraflores Visitor Center, the Canal's lock system
- Chagres River piragua ride
- Indigenous Embera village
Chiriquí, the “Valley of the Moon,” hosts a stunning diversity of tropical Central American landscapes, from beaches and plains to mountains and dense rain forest.
- Punta Culebra Nature Center
- Boquete transfer
- Whitewater rafting
- Boquete, a small town surrounded by rain forest
The archipelago of Bocas del Toro is situated on Panama’s Caribbean coast. Its white sand beaches, steamy rain forests, incredible snorkeling and relaxed bohemian ambiance have made Bocas del Toro a favorite spot for our families.
- Zip line through the cloud forest
- Bocas transfer and Silico Creek stop
- Hike and snorkel in Bastimentos
Before your return to Panama City and departure from Panama, you’ll have one more fascinating scientific experience in this Caribbean region.
- Caribbean Ocean Research Station
- Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
The Gamboa Rainforest Resort is a luxury destination resort located on the Panama Canal in the heart of the lush Panamanian rain forest. The hotel’s 100 clean, air-conditioned rooms each have a balcony with spectacular views of the Chagres River. Other highlights include an aerial tram that goes all the way from the rain forest floor to the canopy, a fitness center, kayaks, pedal boats, tennis courts, jogging and cycling trails, a spa, and multiple restaurants.
Boquete's Riverside Inn sits on the banks of the Palo Alto River. The inn offers spacious, modern accommodations, as well as a new on-site restaurant called The Rock, one of the Chiriqui region's best.
The Country Inn & Suites Hotel is conveniently located right in front of the entrance to the famous Panama Canal. The hotel offers over 150 clean, comfortable rooms, each featuring a balcony. Other highlights include an outdoor pool, tennis court, exercise center, business center, playground, Jacuzzi, boardwalk, T.G.I. Friday’s and high-speed internet access.
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