Autotour: Panama explorer (route 2)

Discover Panama´s beauty on your own pace and four wheels. You will be impressed by the many attractions and beautiful places this little gem has to offer. There´s not only the historic Canal, but also abundant flora and fauna, a rich cultural life, relaxing beaches and much more awaiting you. On this round trip you have the chance to feel free and independent and at the same time have a great schedule with beautiful sights already planned for you. You´ll see gorgeous colonial buildings, visit Panama's only pre-Columbian ceremonial site and pass through authentic villages where you will closely observe the Panameño's everyday life. Also you may enjoy some great beaches along the Pacific and take a hike through the cloud forest of Boquete. All this along the legendary Panamerican Highway which connects Alaska with Tierra del Fuego in Chile. Finally you will arrive at Bocas del Toro, one of the worlds most relaxed sports where you will get a well deserved break at the beach. Step in, get started and enjoy - it´s a dream-journey!

 

Day 1: Panama City - El Valle

During the morning our driver will take you to the office of the rental car company. Hand-over of the rental car and drive to El Valle. El Valle is located 600 meters above sea level and is a great spot for nature tours.
Activities: Sunday market, bird-watching, visit to the Níspero Zoo, „El Valle“ museum, Mozas waterfalls, canopy tour, horseback riding and hiking in the enchanting landscapes of El Valle.

Daily distance approx. 124 km, driving time 1 ¾ hours
Overnight stay: Hotel Anton Valley **(*), Standard Room
Meals included today: none

Day 2: El Valle - Chitré

Drive today of El Valle back on the Panamericana and further west to Divisa. From here turn in to the direction Azuero Peninsula and drive to Chitré. On the way you can visit the park El Caño visit (once a sacred place where the gods were worshiped and today the only pre-Columbian ceremonial site left in Panama). Or visit to the historic church of Natá de Los Caballeros. The place is one of the oldest in the country. Close to the city center of Chitré is your wonderful Boutique Hotel Cubitá. 
Activities: excursions in the nature park, visit the nearby beaches and beautiful villages, Spa. 

Daily distance about 190 km, travel time 3 hours 
Overnight: Hotel Cubitá Boutique Resort & Spa *** (*), Standard Room
Included meals: breakfast

Day 3: Chitré - Pedasí

Drive south to Pedasí the shortest distance on your journey. On the way you pass many small villages until you arrive to the Hotel Villa Romana in Puerto Escondido.
Activities: visit Isla Iguana, snorkeling, fishing, horseback riding, surfing, kite surfing, scuba diving

Daily distance approx. 90 km, driving time 1 ¼ hours
Overnight stay: Hotel Punta Franca ***, Standard Room
Meals included today: breakfast

Day 4: Pedasí

Day at leisure.

Discover the area, for example the beautiful beach of Playa Venao.
Overnight stay: Hotel Punta Franca ***, Standard Room
Meals included today: breakfast

Day 5: Pedasí - Las Lajas

Today you can take the small streets in the countryside to drive back to the Panamericana highway. By the main street you turn left and drive westwards. In San Felix turn left and follow the road until your reach Las Lajas and its long sandy beach. 
Activities: Swimming, diving, fishing, hiking, sailing, horseback riding.

Daily distance approx. 257 km, driving time 3 ¾ hours
Overnight stay: Finca Buena Vista **(*), Standard Room
Meals included today: breakfast

Day 6: Las Lajas

Day at leisure. 

Overnight stay: Finca Buena Vista **(*), Standard Room
Meals included today: breakfast

Day 7: Las Lajas – Boquete

In the course of the day you will leave the beach and drive approx. 1 ¾ hours and 1200 meters uphill to Boquete.
Activities: Steel rope ride through the tree tops (canopying), river-rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hike up a volcano, tour of a coffee plantation, visit to the gardens of Boquete, massages and much more.

Daily distance approx. 110 km, driving time 1 ¾ hours
Overnight stay: Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Lodge ***, Standard Room
Meals included today: breakfast

Day 8: Boquete

Discover the beautiful landscapes of Boquete.

Overnight stay: Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Lodge ***, Standard Room
Meals included today: breakfast

Day 9: Boquete - David - Bocas del Toro

In the morning 3-hour drive over the Cordillera de Talamanca and along the Caribbean Coast and changing vegetation to Almirante, return of the rental car. In the port town of the banana company Chiquita, you will board a boat that will take you to the island Colón (Bocas del Toro). Bocas del Toro is an array of numerous idyllic islands surrounded by clear Caribbean ocean rich in fish. You will be able to find several comfortable bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and other stores. Enjoy the relaxing, typically Caribbean atmosphere.

Total km today: 197 km
Total driving time today: 3 hours
Meals included today: breakfast