Holiday in Panama, Caribbean to the highlands

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Departure information

This trip departs every Thursday and Friday throughout the year, and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Vouchers
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Holiday in Panama, Caribbean to the highlands

Environment

The programs we organize are for small groups, in order to have minimal environmental impacts on the diverse areas we visit. These groups are attended by Panamanian naturalist guides, who are able to interpret not only the information about the area, but the role of the visitors and how they may get involved to the local communities and environment. We offer quality service, cultural sensitivity, local knowledge, innovation and social and environmental responsibility. Furthermore, we prefer to work with small hotels and eco lodges that are conscious of their environmental impacts on the area they are situated in and inform their guests of how they can minimize their impacts on the area such as use of water and electricity.

We work with National Parks and other private reserves by donating a fee for maintenance. This donation is used for trail maintenance, gear for volunteer firefighters, environmental education, workshops for the public to lean about the area and other needs. We have also have donated equipment such as a small boat to an indigenous community, who now uses the boat as a form of transportation. We ensure that the environmental, social, cultural, economic and aesthetic needs and expectations of the community and our customers are included in our policies, plans and decisions and result in the provision of quality goods and services. We encourage the participation of rural communities in the services that we provide by organizing programs in which they take part.

Our guides are very conscious of not only the areas of visitation but also the involvement of the visitors. They explain the importance of protecting a natural area to our clients, why it is important to stay on a trail to protect the fragile ecosystems and prevent damaging the flora and fauna of the area. They pick up trash on the trails and encourage visitors to do the same, also the importance of leaving the natural area as we found it is enforced. We do not allow collection of plants, corals or other natural objects. The guides enlighten clients on why we do not bother the animals or make obscene sounds to attract their attention or feed them. Each tour is like a classroom where everybody is involved and understanding each others impacts on the area.

Community

Fair
Fair wages and respectful communication with our staff, partners, suppliers, and most importantly to our travelers are a strong part of our commitment. The fair pricing of our products ensures the quality of our guides, drivers, providers and the overall travel experience.

Local
By working with local people and communities we directly support our country and ensure an authentic experience for our travelers. We work with boutique hotels, restaurants and transportation solutions owned by locals.

Educational
Our specialist guides are experienced and ensure responsible encounters with the ecosystem, wildlife and local cultures, providing authentic in-depth insights and understandings through their ability to interpret nature and Panamanian culture.

Teamwork
The team together with its suppliers and providers work together not only to provide quality service, but also to uphold their affirming responsibility to protect and conserve the environment and support our local communities.

Community tourism
We strongly believe that sensitive and well-prepared encounters between travelers and local communities result in a rich cultural exchange for both sides, and directly support their local economic and social development.

Conservation and Social Support
We are a member of the Panamanian Foundation of Sustainable Tourism (APTSO) and partners with the local NGO’s such as Foundation AVIFAUNA Eugene Eisenmann (Avifauna) for the protection of bird species, MarViva Foundation for marine wildlife conservation and Casa Esperanza for the support of local communities.

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