This incredible excursion not only visits some of the most spectacular beaches and coral reefs on the planet, you will have the whole authentic “Survival” experience, as we take everything back to basics and learn how to survive on a remote desert island! We can visit the best of the Panama mainland before we head out to the remote Pearl Islands.
Special features of our 10 Day Pearl islands "Survival" Tour:
Type of Tourism: Adventure
Places to Visit: Panama City, Pearl Islands
Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights.
Type of Service: group tours.
Accommodation: 3 star hotels at every destination that you will visit outside of the “survival days” These hotels have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for!
Today is arrival day to Panama City! We will collect you from the airport and take you to the hotel in the centre, 30 minutes away. The guide will also provide important and useful information regarding the rest of the itinerary and what to expect on this special survival tour!
After breakfast in the hotel, we will head to Panama Vieja's ruins, on the edge of the city, dating back to the 17th century. We will then head off to visit the famous Panama Canal, an incredible feat of engineering, one of the greatest and most expensive in history. We will stop at the Visitor’s Centre of the Miraflores Locks, where we can appreciate the ships sailing along the canal. We will head to the Amador Causeway, offering one of the city’s most impressive panoramic views of the canal. We will then stop off at the...
Bright and early, we will head to Amador Port to take the ferry to the Pearl Islands. Our expert survival guide will be waiting to brief us about the next day’s programme. We will then have the rest of the day to explore Contadora island and do some snorkelling!
Today we change islands and after breakfast, we will head over by speedboat to The Pearl Islands. When we arrive, we will head along the remote, spectacular beach to choose the best campsite for the evening and a place to string up our hammocks. We will then start building the communal beach shelter where we will cook and eat together with the other group members. In the evening we will have enough time for a well-deserved sunset swim. After our swim, its dinner time and we will cook on an open fire as we pass...
As we reconnect with our circadian rhythm, waking up at sunrise, we will prepare our breakfast. We will spend the morning learning different fire-making techniques and we ill learn all the theory of fire itself. We start with how to make fire using flint. We will build our own bow drill to create friction fires and by using a bamboo fire saw. In the afternoon, we will head out fishing to catch our dinner for the day using these ancient primitive techniques we have just learned.
Today is an amazing day for the survival techniques required to live on a deserted island! We will learn how to turn seawater into drinking water, extract water from plants, break into a coconut, identify wild edible plants, and other important survival tactics in the wild. We will then learn how to make a basic bottle line to catch fish so that when we return in the afternoon, we will have plenty of fresh fish to cook for dinner! We will also learn how to prepare the green coconuts, pineapples and some Panama rum, to make the perfec...
This is the day that the guides leave us to our own devices and we can use our newly learned skills, with just a small set of useful aids to help us, such as a satellite phone, some fish hooks, a medical kit, knife and a machete. You will all now have to work together to build shelter, gather firewood, get a fire going and find food…. From this point onwards....you’re on your own!
This is the day that the guides leave us to our own devices and we can use our newly learned skills, with just a small set of useful aids to help us, such as a satellite phone, some fish hooks, a medical kit, knife and a machete. You will all now have to work together to build shelter, gather firewood, get a fire going and find food…. You’re on your own!
The rescue party will arrive in the form of speedboats, full of ice-cold drinks and fruit. We will take you back to the Mar y Oro Hotel, where the castaways can enjoy one of the most rewarding showers of their life before enjoying a full-on hearty breakfast. In the afternoon, we will head back to the mainland of Panama City for a well- earned final evening of celebrations!
Today is the final day of the tour and we will head back to the airport of Isla Colon for flight to Panama City for your international flight back home or on to your next exciting destination
You can check our safety protocols in the following link: https://www.visitpanama.com/information/travel-guidelines/
We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.
We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.
We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.
As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.
We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.
Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.
VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.
Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.
Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.
Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.
Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.
We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.
We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.
We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.
The official currency in Panama is The balboa (PAB) and is along with the United States dollar, one of the official currencies of Panama . In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.
Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.
As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation: We work with indigenous communities in Panama and support them in different social programs.
• We support the Calicanto Foundation and offer the Fortaleza Tour to our clients which is a visit to Casco Viejo guided by ex-members of gangs that today work in tourism ( we do not get commission over this excursion)
Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.
Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature.
The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.
This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests.
For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: +507 6202 6013
At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. An example of our sustainable projects you can do: Visit to Indigenous Communities
Aerial Tram in Gamboa
Gatun Lake Expedition
Rappel in Chame
Visit to the Bayano Caves
Trekking & Bird Watching in the Soberania National Park
Whale Watching excursion during season
All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +507 6202 6013. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: email@example.com
This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.
This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.
The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.
Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your hotel.
For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.
In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.
In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.
It depends on each itinerary, please contact your sales representative to give you the specific altitude information of your itinerary.
We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. We provide a bottle of water per person during excursions and at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.
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