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Camino Real Panama – Hike from the Pacific to the Atlantic (7 Days)

Travel far from modern life. Hike through amazing primary forest and experience peasant village life in the midst of a dense jungle.

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Camino Real Panama – Hike from the Pacific to the Atlantic

Highlights (7 Days)

  • Trek from the Pacific to the Atlantic along the Camino Real de Panama!
  • Walk in primary forests under giant old trees and discover Rio Boquerón, a river that splits into countless beautiful waterfalls.
  • Explore Spanish fortifications and the rich heritage of Afro-Caribbean populations in Portobelo.

Description

Trek from the Pacific to the Atlantic, on a cobblestoned colonial road. Cross the Isthmus of Panama on the original route of the Camino Real, starting in Old Panama on the Pacific Ocean, and hiking through dense jungle in the Alto Chagres before reaching Portobelo in the Caribbean. This road was used by endless mule caravans carrying hundreds of tons of silver from Peru and Bolivia to the trade fairs of Portobelo. The humidity and temperature of the tropical climate can be challenging. Learn how historical characters such as Francis Drake explored the trade fairs or how the unknown drovers of the mule trains coped as they crossed this tiring road.

Experience small village life within the national park. Discover the problems the villagers face with deforestation and conservation. And learn how they aspire to live sustainably. Walk for several days along the Camino Real, discovering breath taking scenery, small villages and farmlands. Immerse yourself in Chagres National Park!

Duration

7 days.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Panama. Transfer to the hotel. Lodging at Hotel Marbella included. No meals included.

Day 2
Panama Viejo and Lake Alajuela. Panama Viejo was the first city of Panama, founded in 1519. Discover its interesting history which includes the English pirate Sir Henry Morgan and a massive town fire. In the afternoon you arrive at Lake Alajuela. Where a boat awaits to take you to a peasant village. In a communal house you will enjoy a traditional dish and get to know the culture and traditions of the village. Learn how they live a sustainable life within Chagres National Park. Lodging will be within the peasant community with a tent and mosquito net. Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3
Camino Real. Start the morning with an early morning hike on the Camino Real. Enjoy a spectacular view of Chagres National Park. Follow the Camino Real between the rivers Pequení and Boquerón, until you discover a well-preserved section of the Camino Real near the Quebrada Peluca. The 8 hour hike is 15.3 kilometers long and involves going up 250 meters and down 150 meters. Lodging will be in tents. Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4
Camino Real. Walk mostly through primary forests in Cascajal Boquerón. You will walk under giant trees in the virgin forest on the banks of the river Boquerón, where you can observe a lot of beautiful waterfalls. The hike is 11.2 kilometers, and involves going up 170 meters, and down 220 meters. Approximately 8 hours. Lodging will be in tents. Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5
Camino Real. Today is the last segment of the Camino Real. You head towards the Caribbean, walking along the river Cascajal to Portobelo. The Bay of Portobelo was discovered by Columbus on his fourth voyage, and was later the site of the famous fairs of Portobelo. It was also the starting point of the Spanish treasure fleet. Due to the treasures, the pirate Sir Francis Drake attacked Portobelo. You will hike 10.8 kilometers, including going up 75 meters, and down 175 meters. Duration 5 – 6 hours. Lodging will be in Cabanas Las Cholitas. Includes breakfast, and lunch.

Day 6
Isla Grande. Finish your journey by relaxing on Isla Grande, only an hour from Portobelo. Sunbath, relax, or swim in the Caribbean. That afternoon you will transfer to Panama City or Colon. Lodging will be at Hotel Marbella. No meals included.

Day 7
Transfer to Panama International airport. Includes breakfast.

What’s Included

  • Tents or jungle hammocks.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Kitchen equipment with cutlery, plates, cups etc.
  • All mentioned meals – breakfast (5), lunch, (4) and dinner (3)
  • Transfers and lodging.

What to Bring

  • Day backpack for personal belongings.
  • Breathable lightweight outdoor clothing – i.e. pants, long sleeved shirt, socks for hiking, a set of pants and t-shirt for sleeping, 2-3 underpants, and 2-3 quick dry-shirts, a rain poncho, hat, and camping towel.
  • Comfortable trekking sandals or hiking shoes.
  • For overnight: light sleeping bag (up to 18 ° C), camping mat, and inflatable pillow if desired.
  • Dry-bags to keep clothes dry in the humid air, plus small dry-bags or zip-lock bags for money and documents.
  • Camera, enough memory chips, battery, travel plug, and charger.
  • Hiking or trekking poles.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, pocket knife, sewing kit, headlamp, sunburn relief, blister plasters, insect repellent, and Band Aids.
  • Any personal medicines.

Important Notes

Double Occupancy. Required age: 16 and up. During day trips please leave objects that can be deteriorated by water or valuables such as jewels, cash, and credit cards at the lodge. The night before departure, a meeting will be held to explain the trip – about the jungle, animals, safety, and also what to carry and what not. You carry your day pack, while the tent, food, and personal belongings are carried by porters – up to 15 pounds per person. A very good physical condition is required.

Camps are set up at farm houses on the edge of the primary rainforest. Firstly, this causes less impact within the primary rainforest, and secondly supports local farmers who farm in sensitive rainforest areas. You will be responsible for setting up the tent provided for you, supported by staff. Staff prepare food while you have time for a bath in the river or relaxing.

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