These FAQ’s are for the Tours. If you have general questions about Panama, please contact us for more information.
Tours run from Thursday evening to the following Thursday morning. Included is airport pickup and drop off at hotel, all hotels, three meals a day – entrees only (except arriving Thursday and departing Thursday), including tips, tour transportation, entry fees to places we visit, and domestic flight back to Panama City.
We suggest you arrive in Panama City, Tocuman Airport, on the Thursday before the tour starts, and plan on leaving the following Thursday afternoon from Tocuman Airport. We will gladly assist you in arranging the best flights that work with the tour schedule.
Meals on the arriving Thursday, lunch and dinner on the departing Thursday.
Alcoholic beverages, appetizers, deserts, snacks, souvenirs, personal tips, and events or activities not on the tour itinerary.
Citizens of the following countries only need a passport to enter Panama: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States.
Your passport must have at least 6 months until it expires, and you must have a return ticket already purchased, or they will not let you get on the plane at your international departure.
You will fly into Tocuman Airport (PTY)
This is very important. You will be allowed to bring on the tour only one carry on bag and one personal bag. This is due to space requirement in the transportation vehicle, and you will be dragging your luggage around for a week, so pack light. We recommend trying to fly with carry on only, as it is faster getting through customs, and easy for you to carry around. We do provide complimentary laundry service on the Monday, if you need it.
We will be visiting climates that range in daily high temperatures from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius (68 – 95 F) So bring everything from jeans, khakis, shorts, light shirts, and of course some swimwear, and the most important, comfortable shoes. The coolest the nights in the mountain destinations will be is 18 Celsius (65 F), so only a light sweater or jacket is required.
January through March is the dry season in Panama, no rain. April through November is the rainy season. Typically starting in April, you will have a couple days a week, in the late afternoon, where they will be a shower for an hour, progressing to November, where every day you can expect some rain in the afternoons. Don’t worry, we provide the umbrellas.
This is a very important thing to discuss. Panama is not anything like North America or Europe, with their strong accessibility laws. Getting around most areas of Panama, on an electric scooter or in a wheelchair, would be very difficult. Even using a walker could prove troublesome.
We will be walking several blocks each day, maybe up to one mile in walking distance on same days, and in Panama, the sidewalks, if there are any, are always uneven. If you are concerned about your physical ability on this tour, please contact us to discuss more.
Our tours are not handicap accessible, that is just not possible here for us to do that.
Yes, it will, but it can be very expensive. Check with your local provider for an international calling and data plan for the time you will be here. If you have an unlocked phone, you can pick up a sim card here for $2 and get data for the week for $15. In the van, we can provide WIFI if you need it, and most restaurants, and all our hotels will have WIFI.
Many places take credit and debit cards, but also many do not. During the tour we pay all expenses except for snacks and shopping, we suggest you bring some cash on the trip, and ATM’s work here also.
Full cancellation, and refund of deposit, is available, until 45 days before the tour start date. After that time, there will be no cancellations or refunds. Up until 45 days before the tour date, you may also request to be moved to another available date, at no additional costs. To get the best rates in transportation and hotels, we book and pay in full, 30 – 60 days before the tour, so we cannot offer refunds within 45 days of the Tour Start Date.
We will try to accommodate more things here,if you are unsure, please contact us before booking. Things like Gluten free or diabetic diets can be accommodate in most areas of Panama, but we always recommend bringing your own snacks for the road, or some alternative meal replacements, just in case.
Of course we will. We can certainly help you out and recommend places to stay. If you are arriving early or staying after the tour, you must let us know 45 days before the start date of the tour, so we can assist you.
For example, some people stay a few extra days in Boquete (where the tour ends) so if we know, we can schedule your included flight from David Back to panama City to co-inside with your return flight home, and we book you extra days at the Hotel we stay at at our discounted rates. If you decide to spend a few extra days in Bocas Del Toro, we can do the same, book a flight for you from Bocas to Panama City when you are finished there, we will even reserve the shuttle for you in Boquete.
Any last minute changes may incur change fees, so let us know early.