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Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

1. Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

Be collected from your accommodation in Panama City between 5:20 AM and 6:00 AM to start the day trip. Drive 2.5 hours to San Blas Port, Carti, and then take a local Panga boat to the first of the San Blas islands. Here, enjoy a light breakfast of fresh fruit and take some time to sunbathe with provided umbrellas, beach chairs, and towels. You can also use kayaks or paddleboards to explore the island surroundings. Afterward, enjoy a lunch of fresh fish, rice, and salad. After lunch, sail onwards to Perro Chico, known as the best snorkeling spot in the San Blas Islands. Here, you can see a variety of colorful fish species and a sunken boat. Next, visit Island Pelicano, made famous by the Netflix series Money Heist. Finally, head to the natural swimming pool. This is a bank of sand in the middle of the ocean where you can walk or swim around to find your starfish. At 3:30 PM, sail back towards the port and return to Panama City in the evening. On weekends, before coming back to the port, you'll visit one of the largest communities in San Blas to witness a traditional dance put on by locals.

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Panama City: 1-Night San Blas Islands in Sea Huts

2. Panama City: 1-Night San Blas Islands in Sea Huts

Spend a full day and night on the San Blas Islands: swim, kayak, and paddle out on the water and overnight in a bungalow on stilts or on the beach. San Blas is an indigenous zone, so prepare for a rustic time. There’s no hot water, Wi-Fi, electricity, or other amenities, so you’ll spend 2 days experiencing what life is like for the Gunas. On the morning of Day 1, you’ll be picked up at 5:20 AM from the lobby of your Panama City hotel and taken on a 2.5-hour trip by 4WD over the San Blas hills up to Port Tupile. From there, take a typical Guna boat on a 30-minute ride to paradise over turquoise waters. Arrive on the white sand beach where you’ll spend 2 days and 1 night in a bungalow over the water or right on the beach. The Waily Lodge Islands bungalows are rustic and simple, but provide private bathrooms and real wooden floors.     On the island, taste the catch of the day around mid-day and then take a tour with a guide to Perro Chico, where you can snorkel in a sunken boat full of colorful fish. Then, visit a natural swimming pool and spot starfish and other marine wildlife. Spend the rest of the time kayaking, paddle-boarding, or just relaxing on the beach.   On Day 2, enjoy breakfast and transportation back to Panama City around 8:30 AM, arriving around 1:00 PM to your hotel.

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Caribbean Adventure: Snorkel & Zip Line Tour in Panama

3. Caribbean Adventure: Snorkel & Zip Line Tour in Panama

This is a full day of adventure! Leave early and enjoy a fresh breakfast at the Caribbean sea side near Portobelo. Gear up and cross the bay for some of the best snorkeling in Panama. Head to a beach for the first snorkel site and later a reef wall for the second site. Enjoy the warm and clear ocean water and catch some sun! Return to the main land for lunch and an hour long historic tour of Portobelo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here it's about a half-hour drive into the jungle for our zip line/canopy tour! You might even have some time to swim in the river and try out the rope swing before we head back to the city. This is an exhilarating full-day tour, and one of the best you'll find in Panama!

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What people are saying about Panama City

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

people over 60, beware, you will have to jump in and out of a boat without a ladder or rail. Good sunscreen is a must. Road is bumpy and long. The Islands are Paradise, the people are very friendly, the tour was well organized, everything ran in time. We enjoyed it very much. Of course, some comments in English about history and customs would be nice.

When we arrived, the sea was very rough and the weather didn't seem to open. The boat trip was a little tense but we arrived well and the day was perfect. We passed by 4 islands... All of them paradise and incredible. The Guna's service and attention, their affection for us were awesome. An unforgettable tour!

They picked me up at the indicated time of my accommodation, the transportation was very comfortable, the guide was quite friendly and respectful, and the places we visited were incredible.

Great trip, well organized, was not cheap, but well worth the money.

Paradise-style Islands with good snorkling opportunities