Land in Panama City and transfer to Colon on the opposite side of the country. Once there you will be met by your yacht captain and escorted to your yacht. Spend the day cruising through the San Blas Archipelago. This archipelago is comprised of 378 islands scattered around 100 square miles. The majority of these islands are uninhabited but some of the larger one’s support communities of indigenous people. With expert local guides you will find the hidden secrets of this archipelago. Explore the crystal-clear waters using your vessels array of toys. Paddleboard on the turquoise waters or snorkel and get the chance to see a variety of tropical fish and starfish that inhabit this archipelago. Stop off on a deserted island and enjoy fresh seafood caught by locals including lobster and fish. Your chef will cook these to perfection on a barbecue on the beach. If you are in the mood for adventure, allow yourselves to be castaway on a deserted island and spend the night here sleeping under the stars with the sound of the gently lapping water as a lullaby.
After spending time as a tropical castaway, make your way back towards the mainland. Transfer from your yacht to a dugout canoe and make your way up the wild Gatun River. Here you will witness the dense and fascinating jungle that spills onto the banks of the river. Watch this jungle drifting by as you make your way to the Embera Quera, an indigenous community based on the banks of Gatun Lake. The Embera tribe lives in harmony with Mother Nature and they will welcome you at the wooden pier. You will get a truly authentic insight into how this tribes lives today and how their lives have been affected by the changing world around them. The village chiefs may even give you a brief history of the tribe, its traditions, cultures, and beliefs.
Whilst you are in the company of the Embera, enjoy a traditional lunch of fish and plantains, before taking part in a traditional Embera dance. Allow yourself to be painted with an Embera tattoo using ink made from local fruit and help the community thrive by purchasing some of their unique and beautiful handicrafts.
SOBERENIA NATIONAL PARK
Make your way with an expert naturalist guide to Gamboa where will begin walking the famous pipeline road, a place renowned for its bird watching. Soberenia National Park spans over 55,000 acres and is home to over 525 species of bird and a number of other animals. Make your way down winding trails that wiggle through the undergrowth. Keep your eyes peeled for bird species that flit among the canopy including hummingbirds, jacanas, least grebes, toucans, and snail kites. And closer to the ground keep an eye out for crocodiles, anteaters, sloths, coatis, monkeys, and an exceptional array of butterflies. Make your way up the huge, 40-metre-high viewing platform located near the lake. From here you will have an unimpeded view of the stretching jungle canopy and the lake. Here you will see some of the aquatic birds that wade through the water.
Head out onto the lake and in a dugout canoe or boat and get even closer to the species of the rainforest. Make your way to Barro Colorado Island, the largest island in the lake that has been protected since 1923. Here you will find iguanas, monkeys, and sloths all in their natural, protected habitat.