Panama & San Blas Local Encounters 8D/7N

This 7-day trip to Panama takes you on a journey to discover the country’s rich culture, diverse landscapes, and vibrant communities.

Explore the historic Casco Viejo, encounter the Embera indigenous community, and experience the hidden paradise of the San Blas Islands.

Tour Highlights

  • Cultural Encounter with the Indigenous Community: The Embera
  • Authentic Discovery of Casco Viejo, Panama’s Old Quarter
  • San Blas Islands – The Hidden Paradise of the Guna People
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Tour Information


  • - 7 nights in different accommodations
  • - All transport as per itinerary
  • - 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • - Discover Casco Viejo
  • - English-speaking guide for some activities
  • - Handy extras and accessories


Every Monday


Day 1: Panama City, Panama

Meet and Greet upon arrival and transfer to your hotel.

This country that links American continent and owns the 8th wonder of the modern world “The Panama Canal” will surprise you!

Prepare for meeting beautiful landscapes, cosmopolitan and colonial cities, pristine islands, tradition, culture, rainforest and indigenous communities.

Departure Times: 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00

Day 2: Panama City, Panama

Today, visit the Casco Viejo and walk around the principal alleys and architectural monuments of the old quarter.

Then, continue to the Popular district of Santa Ana, to encounter a vibrant and quite unique culture behind the touristic scene of The Casco Viejo. The inhabitants of Santa Ana are promoting the development of their district to show you hidden treasures of their culture. You will notice a social contrast between the neighbourhoods, yet a very friendly and charming environment with smiling faces that will welcome you! Taste the Panamanian flavours with a homemade lunch, play dominoes in the Park of Bored (Parque de los Aburridos).

Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

Day 3: Panama City, Panama

Prepare for a cultural encounter with the indigenous community “The Emberas”.

Embark on a canoe ride through the Chagres River and explore its surroundings where natural life runs at its edges.

One of the village chiefs will present their lifestyle and traditions: developing of baskets, colourful clothes, body paintings, dances. A typical lunch based on fish and plantains is included.

Overnight in one of the cabins in the community.

Day 4: Panama City, Panama

After breakfast, return to the city.

Early check in at your hotel and rest of the day free.

Day 5: Panama City - San Blas, Panama

The driver will pick you up early in the morning approximately at 5:30 a.m. on a 4X4 grouped transfer, and you will be driven for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes until you reach Llano Carti. Then you will take a boat transfer from Carti to San Blas or Guna Yala Islands.

Discover a destination with over 360 pristine islands scattered along 400 kilometres in the Caribbean ocean. In addition to its exceptional landscapes, this archipelago will share with you its most important treasure: the cultural ancient heritage of the indigenous community Guna. These 50,000 Indians have managed to keep their traditional lifestyle over the years and still live in the community under a regime of territorial autonomy.

IMPORTANT: Accommodations are rustic and traditionally built. Comfort levels do not correspond to western standards. Housing is managed by the Guna Yala community and there are some facilities that won’t be available during your stay such as: acclimatization, current potable water, electricity and hot water, private toilet.

Day 6: San Blas, Panama

Today, a visit of a pristine island is included.

Activities and tours suggested to be organized locally:

  • – Swimming
  • – Discovery of Guna village
  • – Purchase of handcraft “Molas”
  • – Snorkelling (no water sports engines allowed)

Day 7: San Blas - Panama City, Panama

Today, return to the city.

Check into your hotel and rest of the day free.

Day 8: Panama City, Panama

Shuttle transfer to the international airport.