Day 1: Panama City - Chiriquí Highlands
Early this morning you are picked up at your Panama City hotel and transferred to Panama City’s Albrook domestic airport where you board the scheduled flight to David, in the province of Chiriquí. A vehicle will be waiting to take you to the mountain town of Cerro Punta on the western side of Baru Volcano. There, you will visit La Amistad International Park. Shared with neighboring Costa Rica and recognized in 1982 as a World Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Amistad is located at a point of the natural land bridge where flora and fauna from North and South America converge, resulting in a spectacular variety of species to be seen. Due to the tremendous range of altitude, abundance of precipitation and diverse types of soil and temperature ranges, the biodiversity here is at its best. You spend the morning hiking and exploring La Amistad in the area of El Retoño in search of the Resplendent Quetzal, the Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, the Andean Pygmy-Owl, the Barred Becard, and the Black and Yellow Silky Flycatcher, among many other western highland birds. After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit Finca Dracula (Dracula Farm) which is home to over 1500 species of orchids.
Night at HOTEL BAMBITO (L)
Day 2: Sitios Barriles - Boquete
On the way to Boquete you will first visit Sitio Barriles, an archeological site of the extinct Barril culture that once lived on the slopes of the dormant Baru Volcano. Here, the site guide will interpret the writings on the stones (petroglyphs) and enlighten you on the history of this culture. You will have lunch at a local restaurant and then proceed to the eastern side of Baru Volcano to the quaint town of Boquete with its countryside dotted with flowers, fruit and produce farms, coffee plantations and also lush tropical cloud forests. At the entrance to Boquete, you will stop atop a bluff where we will have an extraordinary view of the town set in the mountain valley at 1,060 meters above sea level and the Caldera River running through it. This afternoon feel free to visit this quaint little town.
Night at HOTEL PANAMONTE (BL)
Day 3: Finca Lerida - Café Ruiz
This morning you explore Finca Lerida on a morning walking tour, which is located just outside of Baru Volcano National Park. At an elevation of 7,500 feet, it is possible to see the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, the Three Wattled Bellbird, the Black faced Solitaire, the Volcano Hummingbird, the Long tailed Silky Flycatcher and the Prong billed Barbet in their natural habitat of ancient trees covered with orchids, bromeliads and lichens. The after that, enjoy a delicious lunch at Finca Lerida’s restaurant.
This afternoon you have an opportunity to learn about the coffee making process at Café Ruiz. The experts will explain all about the process coffee beans go through. This is no ordinary coffee considering Ruiz´ coffee is world renown for its outstanding quality. Enjoy a fresh brewed cup of coffee while watching the spectacular sunset over the Baru Volcano, the highest peak of the country at 3,475 meters above sea level.
Dinner is on your own in Boquete town or at the hotel.
Night at HOTEL PANAMONTE (BL)
Day 4: Boquete – Panama City
You have most of the day to yourselves to visit the charming town of Boquete on your own. You can also choose to join some optional tours to experience the cloud forest from a different perspective on an exciting Cloud Forest Canopy Zip Line tour. Or maybe you will choose to simply relax in the thermal Hot Springs nearby Boquete. Another option is to enjoy Horseback Riding in the highlands of Chiriquí.
This afternoon we drive back to David where you board the scheduled flight to Panama City. Upon arrival in Panama City, you will be transferred back to your hotel. (B)
B (Breakfast), L (Lunch) – meals included