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Pan American between Anchorage and Panama City

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  • Granada
  • Anchorage
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Hazelton
  • Panama City
  • Antigua
  • Ometepe Island
  • Mexico City
  • San Andres Itzapa
  • Tikal
  • Panajachel
  • Boquete
  • Stewart
  • François Lake
  • Mazatlan
  • Tok
  • Tulum
  • Banff
  • Angahuan
  • Masaya National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Watson Lake
  • Zion National Park
  • Salt Lake City
  • Denali Highway
  • Cerro Verde National Park
  • Tequila
  • Los Cobanos
  • Denali National Park
  • Seward
  • Moab
  • Jasper
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • McCarthy
  • Poptún
  • Nogales
  • Phoenix
  • Jackson Hole
  • Chichen Itza
  • Monteverde
  • Dawson
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Roatán
  • Lake Yojoa
  • Oaxaca
  • Sayulita
  • La Fortuna
  • Suchitoto
  • Copán
  • Page
  • Monument Valley
  • Frontera Corozal
  • The Grand Canyon
  • San Ignacio
  • Las Vegas
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas
  • Palenque
  • Rio Dulce
  • Caye Caulker
  • Guaymas
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park
  • Santa Clara
  • León
  • Yaxchilan
  • Mérida
  • Arches National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Panama

Overlanding is a fantastic way to experience the traveller's paradise of the Americas! Dragoman have been the world's leading overland operator for decades, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. We begin our journey in the Alaskan town of Anchorage, and wind our way through the wilds of Alaska and the forest-covered slopes of Canada's mountain country. We will learn about the local cultures and minig history, camp out in the wilderness, trek through the breathtaking landscapes, forests and glaciers, and have the chance to enjoy some exhilirating outdoor activities in some of the world's best National Parks such as Denali, Jasper and Banff. From the glittering city of Banff, we journey through the stunning western USA along the famous Rocky Mountains, to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, the geothermal geysers of Yellowstone, the red columns of Monument Valley in Utah, and through the incredible deserts of Arizona en route to Mexico. This scenic and active journey takes us to Mexico's buzzing capital. From the artistic Mexico City, we journey through some of Central America's greatest highlights including Mexico's incredible Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, the tropical paradise of Caye Caulker in Belize, the ruined city of Tikal and the colourful markets of Chichicastenango in Guatemala. From the charming colonial town of Antigua, we overland through the magnificent highlights of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, including their Mayan ruins, stunning beaches, wonderful towns, and spectacular volcanic scenery. We then head to Costa Rica to explore the forests and beaches there before arriving in Panama and its thriving capital. Join us on this unforgettable overlanding experience through the Americas!

  • Day 1 Panama City

    Border information: if you are starting in Panama City, you will most likely enter Panama at Panama City Tocumen International Airport (IATA code: PTY). There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Until the meeting, the rest of the day is free to explore the busting Panamanian capital. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Panama City before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Panama City. If you are continuing on from Cartagena today then your leader in Colombia will assist you with transport to the airport for your included flight to arrive in Panama in time for the joining meeting. In Panama City we will stay in a local hostel in the old city.

    Activities(Optional)
    Visit Panama City's Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the best collections of works by local artists in Panama - Cost: USD 5
    Freely explore the unrestored ruins of Panama Viejo, the original colonial settlement that was founded in 1519 and sacked by pirates in 1671 - Cost: USD
    Freely explore the streets and beautifully-restored colonial buildings of Casco Viejo, the old district of the modern city of Panama and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Cost: USD
    See the Panama Canal Museum in the city centre, featuring excellent exhibits about the famous waterway - Cost: USD 5
    Visit the phenomenal Biodiversity Museum in Panama City, a striking and iconic building containing a wonderful celebration of the flora and fauna of Panama - Cost: USD 22

  • Day 2 Panama City

    Today we will drive to the Miraflores Visitor Centre at the world-famous Panama Canal, learning all about its controversial history and incredible role in shaping trade and world politics in the 20th century.  We will then continue to Chagres National Park and explore the Grandfather of the Panama Canal: the Camino Real, a cobblestoned road from the Caribbean to the Pacific through the rainforests of Panama, established as the transport route of Gold and Silver by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th Century. The Camino Real was rediscovered only recently, and we will visit and stay overnight at a community, which worked together with researcher Christian Strassnig to identify the original route of the Camino Real in the jungle. At Alajuela Lake we take a dugout boat to observe the remains of the Camino Real at the lakeshore, before heading to our Community stay to enjoy a typical Panamanian lunch and see then a presentation of authentic folklore.   We will then hike some of the Camino Real, see the original cobblestone and be fascinated by stories of the mule trains, gold and pirates. Approximate walking distance: 3km Estimated time: 2hrs  (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

    Activities(Included)
    We will have an included hike on the Camino Real, and a community based overnight stay, with all meals included.  
    Visit the world-famous Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitors' Centre, and learn all about the fascinating history of this controversial structure

  • Day 3 to 4 Boquete

    After early morning coffee we can go for an optional birdwatching hike on a trail with plenty of tropical birds, followed by a hearty breakfast. Afterwards we will drive up into the Chiriqui highlands, arriving at the town of Boquete. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to take part in some of the many optional outdoor activities which the town is famous for, including the opportunity to take the strenuous trek to the 3,478m summit of Volcán Barú, the highest point in Panama. In Boquete we will stay in a local hostel, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

    Activities(Optional)
    Head out on an exhilarating white-water rafting expedition on the Chiriqui Viejo river near Boquete, one of the world's best rafting areas with 35 world-class runs to choose from - Cost: USD 65
    Head out on a tour of some of the fascinating coffee plantations around the Chiriqui Highlands near Boquete - Cost: USD 30
    Trek up to the summit of Volcán Barú, at 3,478m the highest point in Panama - please note this is a strenuous trek and usually takes approximately 8-12 hours, so you will need to be in decent physical condition to participate - Cost: USD 80
    Take a dip in the excellent Caldera hot springs near Boquete - Cost: USD 3
    Freely explore the beautiful gardens and parks around Boquete and its surroundings - Cost: USD
    Take a day trip out to Boca Brava on the Pacific coast, where you can swim, kayak, snorkel and relax on some of the stunning beaches there - Cost: USD 75
    Head out on a quad bike tour of the mountains, forests and coffee plantations near Boquete (driver's licence required) - Cost: USD 55
    Go on a half-day rock climbing trip to the basalt cliffs near Boquete, one of Panama's best climbing destinations - Cost: USD 45
    Take a fascinating bird-watching trip into the Chiriqui Highlands, one of the most abundant areas of birdlife in the Americas - Cost: USD 50
    Enjoy a fantastic short canyoning trip through the gorges of Gualaca near Boquete - Cost: USD 25
    Trek the famous Quetzal Trail through the cloud forests of the Chiriqui Highlands, or trek to various waterfalls in the rainforest - Cost: USD 35
    Explore the spectacular Caldera Highlands around Boquete on horseback, riding through rainforests and local farms and coffee plantations - Cost: USD 35
    Head on an excellent 12-line zip-lining course through the cloud forests near Boquete - Cost: USD 65

  • Day 5 to 6 Manuel Antonio National Park

    Border information: Exit Panama at Paso Canoas, enter Costa Rica at Paso Canoas Today we will drive across the border into Costa Rica, and arrive at the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the following day we will have an included guided walk through some of the beautiful trails within park, learning all about its flora and fauna and immersing ourselves in the idyllic landscape. We will have free time in the afternoon to take part in some optional activities or relax on the wonderful beaches. In Manuel Antonio we will stay in a hostel near the beach, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

    Activities(Optional)
    Head out on a wonderful quad biking trip through the tropical countryside of Manuel Antonio and Quepos - Cost: USD 40
    Take a guided walk through the stunning trails of Manuel Antonio National Park, finishing at the world-class tropical beaches where you can swim and relax - Cost: USD 16
    Take an exhilirating trip to the rainforests near Quepos to enjoy an incredible zip lining course - Cost: USD 40
    Explore the ocean on a catamaran sailing trip, heading out in search of dolphins, tropical fish and turtles and witnessing an unforgettable offshore sunset - Cost: USD 40
    Explore the mangroves of Manuel Antonio by boat or by kayak, in search of rainbow boas, crocodiles and various water birds - Cost: USD 20
    Head on an exhilarating guided jet ski trip on the Pacific Ocean near Manuel Antonio - Cost: USD 40
    Explore the stunning cattle ranches, fruit plantations and palm trees of the countryside near Manuel Antonio on a horse riding trip - Cost: USD 30
    Go on an incredible white-water rafting trip on the Naranjo and Savegre rivers near Manuel Antonio National Park - Cost: USD 40
    Take a paddle-boarding lesson to explore the secluded beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park - Cost: USD 20
    Explore the rainforest canopy and its incredible wildlife and landscapes on a wonderful canopy bridge course near Manuel Antonio - Cost: USD 30
    Join a scuba diving trip to explore the reefs and underwater volcanic rock formations in the oceans near Manuel Antonio - Cost: USD 50
    Try your hand at surfing on a short lesson in Manuel Antonio National Park - Cost: USD 10

  • Day 7 to 8 Monteverde

    Today we will drive to the town of Tilarán, where we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi to the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. On the following day we will have an included guided walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding. In Monteverde we will stay in a local hotel.

    Activities(Optional)
    Take a guided trek to explore the stunning forest trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, learning all about the fascinating and beautiful ecosystem there - Cost: USD 20
    Explore the stunning forests and banana plantations of Monteverde on a horse riding trip - Cost: USD 25
    Fly above the cloud forests and valleys of Monteverde on an exhilarating zip-lining course - Cost: USD 50
    Explore the incredible cloud forests of Monteverde at the tree-top level on a 3km canopy bridge circuit - Cost: USD 30
    Learn all about the cultivation and processing of the world-renowned coffee of Costa Rica at one of the many incredible coffee plantations near Monteverde - Cost: USD 35
    Head out to the cloud forests of the Santamarias Reserve to explore the area by night, when much of the elusive local wildlife comes out - Cost: USD 23
    Take a spectacular canyoning tour near Monteverde, including abseiling down 6 different waterfalls! - Cost: USD 50
    Visit the fantastic Butterfly Gardens of Monteverde, and learn all about the abundant bug-life of Costa Rica's cloud forests - Cost: USD 10
    Learn about Costa Rica's spectacular amphibians at the Monteverde Frog Pond  - Cost: USD 13
    Visit the Bat Jungle exhibition in Monteverde, learning all about the various bat species of the area from an expert guide - Cost: USD 10
    Explore the magnificent Monteverde Orchid Gardens, home to over 400 species of orchids found in the region - Cost: USD 10
    Take an exhilarating off-road quad biking trip around the stunning countryside of Monteverde (driving licence required) - Cost: USD 70

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Transport

Dragoman overland style vehicle (converted US school bus!), boats, local bus

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