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- BALBOA TOUR 5 Days
- HARPÍA TOUR 7 Days
- TAMBORITO TOUR 8 Days
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TAMBORITO TOUR: 8 Days
- Harpía tour highlights plus…
- Volunteer in a rural school in Chitre
- Sample fresh bread
- learn about Diablicos masks
- See how tamboritos drums are made
DAY 1: PANAMÁ CITY
Arrive in Panamá and meet your tour director and staff. Depart for Panamá City. Explore “Casco Antiguo” and learn about Panamá’s history.
DAY 2: PANAMÁ CITY
Serve in a local soup kitchen preparing lunch outdoors and distributing it to families in need. Take a short hike of Cerro Ancón. Explore downtown Panama city with a walk down Cinta Costera to the local fish market. Break into groups for a scavenger hunt of the fish market. Then learn latin dances from a local dance academy outdoors. For dinner meet a local Panamanian family and participate in an outdoor cooking lesson. Learn how to cook local favorite dishes; dine with the family.
DAY 3: EMBERÁ VILLAGE/ PANAMÁ CANAL
Depart for Río Gatú to visit the Emberá village. Ride down the river in canoes with indigenous “boteros.” Learn about their language, dance and culture. Help rebuild traditional homes. After lunch, drive to the Panamá Canal. Spend time learning about the Miraflores, one of the three locks that form part of the Panamá Canal. Take the train back to Panamá City. Spend the evening exploring Panamá City.
DAY 4: SAN BLAS ISLAND
Journey to the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panamá. Visit indigenous the Kuna Yala tribe and village. Explore their crafts, music, and their colorful traditional “mola” dress. Volunteer at their local school; interact with Kuna kids. Share in their customs and traditions. Optional beach time and snorkeling in the clear waters off the islands. Spend the night there. Currently school visits have been put on hold until the pandemic is over.
DAY 5: SAN BLAS ISLAND/ PANAMÁ CITY
Take a boat to the Kuna Yala community island for a morning of service. After lunch head back to the main land. Arrive in time for dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 6: PANAMÁ CITY/ CHITRÉ
Board the bus and head to Chitré. Visit a local farmers’ market and take a brief walking tour of the main plaza and cathedral. Meet authentic “Pollera” dress makers. Evening folkloric dance show and dinner.
DAY 7: CHITRÉ
Spend the morning volunteering at a local rural school. After lunch visit Panamanian artisans. Watch pottery being created, sample fresh bread and learn how Diablicos masks and tamboritos drums are made. Currently school visits have been put on hold until the pandemic is over.
DAY 8: ADIÓS PANAMÁ
Enjoy one last walk through the city streets! Head to Casco Antiguo for a tour of the presidential palace and some last minute shopping before heading to the airport. Hasta luego Panamá!