Classic Panama

9 Days | Uncover the local lifestyles, traditions and crafts of Panama

USD $2,827
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Hold onto your Sombrero Pintao as you embark on a nine-day adventure through the pearls of Panama. Start in the lively capital of Panama City and see how past and present merge, then head upriver to visit the Indigenous Embera people. Spend a morning learning about their sustainable way of life and village traditions, before travelling west to the artisan hubs of Penonome and Chitre. Sample favourites from Panamanian cuisine and visit workshops and museums that highlight local pottery and the real Panama hat. Finish your journey back in the capital with a cruise along the Panama Canal and toast to an incredible adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Classic Panama including Panama
Panama City, Panama
Panama City, Panama
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Make an unforgettable visit to the Embera people – an Indigenous community who will welcome you with song and dance. Share a meal with the locals that showcases how they live in harmony with the environment.
  • Cruise along one of humanity’s greatest engineering marvels on a tour of the Panama Canal. Learn how the waterway was crafted and the process used to raise or lower the ships that pass through it.
  • Sample local Panamanian delicacies during a cooking demonstration in Penonome. Your host will talk you through all the tips and tricks needed to make favourites like Panamanian tortillas.
  • Learn about crafting a real Panama hat, also known as a Sombrero Pintao from a local maker in the town where they originated.
  • Visit a mask workshop in the city of Chitre, where these intricately detailed costumes are used to represent the devil in a range of religious and traditional festivals.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It's all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. There are a few long days of travel, as you'll be covering a lot of ground. You will, however, make stops at interesting locations to break up the longer drives. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • Central America is tropical, so expect a hot and humid climate. Make sure you protect yourself from the sun, wear comfortable, light clothing and stay hydrated – especially when out on walking tours.


Map of Classic Panama including Panama



8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners


Private vehicle, canoe, boat


Hotel (8 nights)

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Panama City - Leader-led walk in Panama La Vieja and Casco Viejo
  • Panama City - Panama Canal Museum (entrance fee)
  • Panama City - Mola Museum (entrance fee)
  • Panama City - Embera community visit
  • Penonome - Cooking demonstration and lunch
  • Penonome - Hat maker visit
  • Penonome - Handicraft workshop visit
  • Chitre - Traditional mask workshop
  • Chitre - Herrera Museum
  • Chitre - Leather workshop
  • Panama City - Panama Canal partial transit

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
3. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for sightseeing tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.

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Classic Panama
USD $2,827