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Hi all … I received from our travel agent some of the tours offered by Nolitours. Its kind of nice to have an advance look at what they offer before you leave. Just thought it might help out some of those leaving on the 16th.

HERE GOES: hope it helps :slight_smile:

INTRO TO BIRD WATCHINGThe Camino del Oleoducto, one of the most accessible rain forests on the planet, lies in the heart of the Parque Nacional Soberanía, a mere 45 min. from Panama City. With 17 km/11 mi. of tracks, it offers an exciting possibility for bird watching. In this same area, the Audubon Society of Panama has identified the largest number of species over a period of 24 hours in during a Christmas count. The park harbors about 1,300 species of trees, 105 species of mammals, 394 species of birds, 55 species of amphibians and 79 species of reptiles. Degree of difficulty: I-II.
INCLUDED: Bus transport, guide, entry fees, bird charts, binoculars, soft drink and light lunch.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Sneakers (or boots), raincoat, insect repellent, pants and hat.
DEPARTURE: 5:30 a.m. RETURN: 1:30 p.m.
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 4 PAX MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 15 PAX

PARTIAL CANAL TRANSIT
This is your chance to get to know the eighth wonder of the world from the best perspective imaginable – on board a ferry with a capacity of 350 passengers. We leave the pier at Gamboa, pass the Corte Culebra or Gaillard’s Cut through the continental divide and head towards the Pedro Miguel Locks, on the Pacific side. Here we can appreciate canal operations, as the ferry is hydraulically lowered 9 m. (30 feet). We continue to the Miraflores Locks, 18 m (60 feet), and pass under the imposing Las Americas Bridge, that marks the entrance to the Canal on the Pacific side, before getting off at the Port of Balboa. Ground transfer back to the Hotel.
INCLUDED: Bus and boat transport, guide, tolls, taxes, soft drinks and light lunch.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Light clothing, comfortable shoes and sunscreen. The ferry features a restaurant-bar, where those interested can buy additional food and drink.
DEPARTURE: 8:00 a.m. (to be confirmed) RETURN: 5:30 p.m.
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 10 PAX MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 350 PAX

VALLE DE ANTÓN
At a 90-minute distance from the City, in the Antón Valley, lies a picturesque village that harbors a crafts market with a diverse offering of flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as crafts handmade by the villagers themselves. We visit the El Chorro Macho waterfall, where we will walk through the tropical rain forest following a trail until we reach a place where the river’s waters gather into a natural pool, giving us a perfect excuse for a refreshing swim. At the zoo and botanical garden El Níspero we become familiarized with the flora and fauna endemic to this region, the ‘golden frog’ among other species.
INCLUDED: Transport, entry fees, guide, soft drink, snack and lunch.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Shorts, sneakers, sunscreen, insect repellent, bathing suit, towel and hat.
DEPARTURE: 8:00 a.m. RETURN: 5:00 p.m.
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 4 PAX MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 300 PAX

CITY TOUR & CANAL
This tour takes us to see the Miraflores Locks, where we can appreciate the operation of the Canal and the passing through of ships. A visit to the colonial city - or Casco Antiguo, designed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – with attractions such as the Golden Altar, the Plaza de Francia square, Las Bóvedas and the Interoceanic Panama Canal Museum. We visit the ruins of Panamá La Vieja, the original settlement that was destroyed in 1671 by the infamous pirate Sir Henry Morgan. Appreciate the panorama of the modern city of Panama and the Balboa boulevard, where the statue of Vasco Núñez de Balboa – the discoverer of the South Sea – stands. Shopping at the crafts market. Panoramic tour of the Amador causeway.
INCLUDED: Bus transport, guide, entry fees and soft drink.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen.
SCHEDULE: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. OR 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 4 PAX MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 350 PAX

THE PANAMA EXPRESS TRAINThe train trip takes us from the Corozal station to the city of Colón. We discover the San Lorenzo Fort, on the banks of the Chagres River, dating from the 16th century and one of the colonial era’s most important fortifications. We visit the Gatún Locks, the Canal’s biggest ones, where we become familiarized with Canal operations. Panoramic tour through the city of Colón and brief stop at the Free Trade Zone.
INCLUDED: Train and bus transport, guide, entry fees, soft drink and lunch.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Casual clothing, comfortable shoes suitable for walking, sunscreen, insect repellent, passport and airline tickets for Free Trade Zone access.
DEPARTURE: 6:00 a.m. RETURN: 5:00 p.m.
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 4 PAX MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 250 PAX

ECOCANAL + WORLD WAR II MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS BASEWe leave Gamboa by boat (maximum capacity 15 passengers, covered, piloted by a professional boat captain, equipped with life-jackets and radio) on the Gatún Lake, alongside the ships that transit through the Canal. Brief stop at Isla de los Monos (Monkey Island). Walk through what used to be a military communications facility during WWII, where we can witness how the vegetation is reclaiming its territory and growing back within the walls of the old structure. Lunch at Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Visit the Miraflores Locks and crafts shopping.
INCLUDED: Bus and boat transport, guide, fees, taxes, soft drinks, lunch.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Long pants, comfortable walking shoes, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen.
DEPARTURE: 8:30 a.m. RETURN: 4:30 p.m.
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 4 PAX MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 120 PAX

EMBERA INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY – CHAGRES NATIONAL PARKBus transport to Corotú, on the banks of the Chagres River, where we are met by representatives of the Emberá Indians that take us across the Alajuela Lake in piraguas. After about 15 minutes we arrive at a community of about 60 inhabitants, originating from the mountainous region of the Darién province. We will experience the history and culture of the indigenous culture, through narrative, traditional dance and craftsmanship – like woven baskets out of the natural fibers of the chunga, maquenque and naguala palm trees, as well as figures carved in cocobolo wood and tagua (better known as vegetable ivory). We then enjoy a typical lunch of fried fish and yucca or plantains, and an explanation on behalf of the chaman (witch doctor) on the medical use of some plants. There is the opportunity to try an ancestral custom in the form of a tattoo with jagua, a vegetable seed extract that the Indians use to adorn their bodies with geometrical patterns or animal representations for ceremonies and special celebrations. Optional walk to a waterfall, with the possibility to take a dip.
INCLUDED: Bus transport, boat transport in a engine-powered piragua, guide, donation to the community and the park, lunch, soft drink, tattoo (if desired).
RECOMMENDATIONS: Light and simple clothing, wet shoes, bathing suit, towel, change of clothes, sunscreen, insect repellent.
DEPARTURE: 8:30 a.m. RETURN: 4:30 p.m.
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 4 PAX MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 80 PAX

SAN BLAS – THE KUNA INDIANS
In the Caribbean Sea lies this exotically enchanting place - with its islands, coral reefs and white sand beaches. San Blas is in the care of one of the most traditional indigenous civilizations in the Americas: the Kuna Indians, whose culture is doubtlessly the most well-preserved among all the American indigenous tribes. The Kunas have been given the authority to establish their own self-ruled territory, la Comarca de San Blas, where a tribe parliament rules over the local population. Take a leisurely walk through a typical village, while interacting with the natives and taking the opportunity to buy some pretty molas. In the morning, you have a boat at your disposition to visit a nearby beach or coral reef for some unforgettable snorkeling.
INCLUDED: Transfer Hotel - Albrook Airport - Hotel, round trip airfare, transport in motor-driven canoe to the island, community tax, accommodation, board (breakfast, light lunch, seafood dinner), excursions to the village and beaches.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Casual dress, sneakers, insect repellent, bathing suit, sunscreen, snorkeling equipment, bottled water, passport, cash for purchases, Cable & Wireless calling card.
DEPARTURE: 4:30 a.m. RETURN (the following day): 8:30 a.m.
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 2 PAX MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 28 PAX
RACK RATE: US$195.00 (overnight trip, accommodation in Hotel Sapibenega until Oct. 31, 2002)
NET RATE: Applicable for groups of 4 pax and over.
RACK RATE: US$228.00 (overnight trip, accommodation in Hotel Sapibenega as of Nov. 1, 2002)
NET RATE: Applicable for groups of 4 pax and over.
FLIGHTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PREVIOUS NOTICE

BOCAS DEL TOROBocas del Toro encompasses part of the Parque Internacional La Amistad and the country’s only marine park, extensive beaches and coral reefs. The Afro-Caribbean influence in the local culture is showcased through architecture, cuisine and other forms of folkloric expression. Take this unique opportunity to enjoy a boat tour to the bird sanctuary in the rocky Swan´s Cay. Visit the coral reefs of Cayos Zapatillas and the small islands of the mangrove swamp. Walk the Sendero de la Rana Roja (Path of the Red Frog) in search of the Dendrobates pumilo, the species of amphibian after which the path is named.
INCLUDED: Transfer Hotel – Albrook Airport– Hotel, roundtrip airfare, accommodation, welcome at the airport in Bocas and 15-minute boat ride to Punta Caracol, welcome drink, complete breakfast, snorkeling equipment, traditional cayuco (canoe) for rides, afternoon tea, candle light dinner and tour coordination. Drinks NOT included.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Casual dress, sneakers, insect repellent, bathing suit, sunscreen, passport, cash for purchases, tours and restaurants.
DEPARTURE: 4:30 a.m. RETURN (the following day): 5:00 p.m.
MINIMUM CAPACITY: 2 PAX MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 12 PAX
RACK RATE: US$279.00 (overnight trip)
NET RATE: Applicable for groups of 4 pax and over.
FLIGHTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PREVIOUS NOTICE


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Curious to know (I have not read any of the other posts yet) if you went on any of the tours?