STUDENT TRIP TO PANAMA ACTIVITIES PROGRAM 11 DAY/ 10 NIGHTS DAY 1: THURSDAY, April 16 13:35 Arrival Panama City from Toronto Flight: 14:30 Transfer from Airport to Royal Decameron 16:30 Arrival and Check In at Royal Decameron 17:00 Orientation meeting (Miraflores Hall 1) ROYAL DECAMERON GOLF, BEACH RESORT, VILLAS PANAMÀ Costa Blanca, Panamá TOTAL ROOMS: 820 Tropical style rooms, featuring: two full-size beds and a sofa bed, air conditioning, cable television, telephone ($) safety deposit box ($), bathroom with shower only, hair dryer, extensive gardens and public areas, 9 pools for both adults and children, 3 whirlpools, 1 adult pool, 8 specialty restaurants and theme buffet restaurants, 3 snack grills and 2 pizzerias, and 1 discotheque, 3 front desks, one in each lobby, 3 boutiques, one in each lobby, rent a car office, nurse station/ doctor on call ($), water sports ($), gym, spa, ($), tennis courts (reservations at activities kiosks), 2 convention centers (1,200 people capacity), casino, 18 holes golf course ($), Decameron Explorer Tour desk at each lobby ($). All inclusive features. Breakfast, lunch, & dinner buffets, a-la carte dinners daily, day time and midnight snacks, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, daily activities program, non –motorized water sports (windsurfing, kayaking, paddleboats, snorkeling, and sailing), introductory scuba diving instruction at the pool, beach towels at the activities kiosks, tennis courts, beach volleyball, nightly entertainment (children’s and general audience), children’s activities. Location: Km115, Costa Blanca, Farallon Panamá. 20:00 Dinner at Hotel (a la carte Restaurant) or Buffet style After dinner: Study time Overnight at the Royal Decameron Hotel DAY 2: FRIDAY, APRIL 17 07:15 – 08:00 Breakfasts at Royal Decameron Hotel 8:00 Departure to Jungle Boat Tour - Ecocanal JUNGLE BOAT TOUR - ECOCANAL The perfect experience in the Gatún Lake! From the shores of the world’s most famous man-made lake, you will be transported on fast motor boats with a maximum capacity of 24 passengers each. You will find yourself immersed in the magnificent natural surrounding, gliding past lush rainforest. Along the route you will experience first hand the splendor and excitement of the tropical forest. Exotic birds, various species of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that you can view in their native habitat. The sights, sounds, and aromas that make up this paradise will engulf you. While on this voyage of discovery, you will navigate above ancient routes that crossed the isthmus long before the lake’s creation. You will be introduced to the rich history and nature of this land. Large ocean going vessels will pass close by while transiting the Panama Canal. Our ultimate destination will be the Jungle Land Base, a very unique floating double decked platform, moored in a secluded region of the lake. After a delicious native style lunch, you will have the advantage to participate in numerous activities such as swimming, fishing, canoeing, or just relax on board enjoying the natural beauty of the area. INCLUDED: ground and boat transport, English speaking tour guide, lunch, soft drinks, use of canoes and fishing gear. RECOMMENDATIONS: light and comfortable clothing, wet shoes, sneakers, sunblock, hat, sunglasses, swimsuit, beach towel, money for the cash bar and souvenir shopping. 17:00 Return to Hotel. 20: 00 Dinner at Hotel (a la carte Restaurant) or Buffet style After dinner: Free time 23:00 Curfew (room check) Overnight at the Royal Decameron Hotel DAY 3: SATURDAY, APRIL 18 07:15 – 08:00 Breakfasts at Decameron Hotel 08:00 Departure to Embera Indigenous Community EMBERA INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY The Emberá Indians are one among the many ethnic tribes indigenous to Panama. Visitors are welcome to discover their culture at one of three communities, Emberá Purú, Parará Purú or Embera Drua (choice depends on climatic conditions), each located on the banks of one of the most important rivers in the Canal Basin. We are transferred by bus to the banks of the San Juan or Charges River, where we are met by representatives of the Emberá Indians that take us up the river in piraguas. We then arrive to the community, 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 shaman (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. There is also time for a refreshing bath in the river. INCLUDED: ground transport, boat transport in an engine-powered piragua, English-speaking tour guide, donation to the community and park, traditional lunch, soft drinks, snack, fruits and tattoo (included if desired) RECOMMENDATIONS: Light and simple clothing, wet shoes or sneakers, bathing suit, towel, change of clothes, sunblock and insect repellent. 17:30 Return to Hotel. 20:00 Dinner at Hotel (a la carte Restaurant) or Buffet style After dinner: Free time 23:00 Curfew (room check) Overnight at the Royal Decameron Hotel DAY 4: SUNDAY, APRIL 19 07:15 – 08:00 Breakfast (buffet style) 08:00 Departure to Valle de Anton VALLE DE ANTON At a 45-minute distance from the Resort, in the Antón Valley, lies a picturesque village in the crater of an extinct volcano. At its crafts market you’ll find a multiple offer of tropical 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. 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 and a spectacular orchid nursery. INCLUDED: ground transport, English-speaking, tour guide, entry fees, snack, and soft drinks. RECOMMENDATIONS: shorts, sneakers, sun-block, hat and insect repellent. 14:00 Return At Royal Decameron Hotel Afternoon for leisure and relaxation to enjoy hotel activities, and All-inclusive plan 14:00 lunch (Buffet Style: Pannamai, Atlantis and Pacifiko) 20:00 Dinner at Hotel (a la carte Restaurant or Buffet style) After dinner: Free time 23:00 Curfew (room check) Evening spent at Royal Decameron Hotel DAY 5: MONDAY, APRIL 20 07:15 – 09:00 Breakfast (buffet style) 09:00 Departure to Community Service NEED TO CONFIRM ACTIVITY 20:00 Dinner at Hotel (a la carte Restaurant or Buffet style) After dinner: Study time 23:00 Curfew (room check) Evening spent at Royal Decameron Hotel DAY 6: TUESDAY, APRIL 21 07:15 – 08:00 Breakfast (buffet style) GROUP # 1 08:00 - 14:00 Departure to Hiking HIKING & WET RAPPELLING In the beautiful mountains of El Valle de Antón, at 45 minutes from Panama City, we enter the wilderness until we reach the “waterfall of lovers”, the Chorro de los Enamorados. On our hike we make a brief stop to admire a geological-native secret: a gigantic worked rock, which is believed to be a primitive map of the region, with human shaped illustrations as well as a big amount of symbols which could not yet be deciphered. We continue our exciting walk to the peak of the waterfall; there our guide who knows the ropes provides us with the rappelling equipment and shows us the safety measures which we should follow during the activity for our own benefit. A second guide is located at the bottom of the waterfall to support us. We descend on a rope the cascade of 25 meters (82 ft) which ends in a fresh natural pool, formed by the falling water. After having managed our first challenge we face two more, one being a free fall from 25 meters (82 ft) above some beautiful caves and at last our final defiance, a long rappel from a 50 meter (164 ft) waterfall. In the end we have the opportunity to relax a little while we enjoy a lunch box in the Cueva de los Enamorados (lover’s cave). Degree of difficulty: IV INCLUDED: ground transport, English speaking instructing guide, entry fees, professional equipment for rappelling and hiking, safety equipment, soft drinks, picnic style lunch. RECOMMENDATIONS: shorts, sports or wet shoes, swimsuit, insect repellent, towel and a change of clothes MAXIMUM WEIGHT: 90 kg/200 lbs per person MINIMUM AGE: 12 years 14:00 Return at Royal Decameron Hotel Afternoon for leisure and relaxation to enjoy hotel activities, and All-inclusive plan 20:00 Dinner at Hotel (a la carte Restaurant or Buffet style) After dinner: Study time 23:00 Curfew (room check) Evening spent at Royal Decameron Hotel GROUP # 2 07:15 – 08:00 Breakfast (buffet style) 08:00 - 14:00 Departure to Canopy CANOPY ADVENTURE This is an activity for the adventurous tourist looking for a new challenge! Ascend to the treetops and embark on a journey through the airs, all the while observing the flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest from a unique perspective. The equipment and techniques used are those developed by speleologists and mountain climbers. The Canopy Adventure is developed around the spectacular waterfall at El Chorro Macho in Valle de Anton. A stop will also be made at the local crafts market. Degree of difficulty: I-II. INCLUDED: ground transport, English-speaking, tour guide, instruction, safety equipment, soft drink and snack RECOMMENDATIONS: shorts, sneakers or wet shoes and insect repellent MAXIMUM WEIGHT: 90 kg/200 lbs per person MINIMUM AGE: 12 years 14:00 Return at Royal Decameron Hotel Afternoon for leisure and relaxation to enjoy hotel activities, and All-inclusive plan 14:00 lunch (Buffet Style: Pannamai, Atlantis and Pacifiko) 20:00 Dinner at Hotel (a la carte Restaurant or Buffet style) After dinner: Study time 23:00 Curfew (room check) Evening spent at Royal Decameron Hotel DAY 7: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast (buffet style) 08:00 Departure to the Culture & Crafts CULTURE & CRAFTS A prominent characteristic of the province of Coclé is the artistic vocation of its inhabitants. This is showcased by the large diversity of handmade products and the variety of natural materials used to elaborate these products: hats, wicker baskets, paintings on wood, jewellery manufacturing, embroidery and carvings in “soap stone”. We visit the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, the town's Parque Central, the public market, crafts dealers, the Barrio San Antonio and Panama's geographic midpoint. At La Pintada we stop at the workshops where the famous “Sombreros Pintados” are manufactured by hand, the cigar factory “Tabacos Joya de Panamá”, where we can buy Cuban tobacco, and Panafruit, a cashew processing plant. Further, we visit the El Caño Archaeological Museum, where the remainders of an ancient, mysterious pre-columbine culture are exhibited. Shopping at Penonome’s fifth avenue. INCLUDED: ground transport, English-speaking guide, entry fees, soft drink and snack RECOMMENDATIONS: sneakers, hat, sun-block, insect repellent and cash for souvenir shopping. 14:00 Return at Royal Decameron Hotel 14:00 lunch (Buffet Style: Pannamai, Atlantis and Pacifiko) Afternoon for leisure and relaxation to enjoy hotel activities, all-inclusive plan, and packing. 20:00 Dinner at Hotel (a la carte Restaurant or Buffet style) After dinner: Study time 23:00 Curfew (room check) Evening spent at Royal Decameron Hotel DAY 8: THURSDAY, APRIL 23 09:30 Breakfast (buffet style) 10:00 – 13:00 Free time, packing or Optional activities 13:00 Lunch (Buffet Style: Pannamai, Atlantis and Pacifiko) 14:00 Transfer to the Country Inn & Suites El Dorado 16:00 Arrival, Check in and Orientation at the Country Inn & Suites El Dorado COUNTRY INN & SUITES EL DORADO TOTAL ROOMS AND SUITES: 83 Is located at the heart of the El Dorado shopping district, bordering the Metropolitan Natural Park, and 2 minutes from Albrook Shopping Mall. Is just minutes away from downtown Panama. For some is the cozy accommodations, the easy access to the best Shopping, Tourist and Business areas. For others is the little things we do, a warm smile, a friendly hello, followed by our service to make sure you are comfortable and happy. Features: Free, High Speed Internet. Children are always welcome! And always those 12 and younger stay free with an adult. Two Conference and banquet facilities TGI Fridays on premises! Outdoor Pool Gym Complimentary Continental Plus breakfast buffet. Complimentary weekday newspapers, both local and international (English) 25 inch remote controlled TVs with HBO, CNN, ESPN and many other channels. In room movie rental. Data Ports in every room for internet and fax access Complementary, high speed internet in all rooms, and public areas, via WIFI. 24 Suites with microwaves, or kitchens. In room coffee maker with complimentary coffee Coin operated guest laundry facilities, and in-room iron and iron board Free parking Shuttle services "Did You Forget" program: offering you 12 personal use items for free in case you forgot them.... 19:00 – 22:00 Departure to Folkloric Show and Traditional Dinner FOLKLORIC SHOW AND TRADITIONAL DINNER One could say of Panamanian folklore that it is indeed the best illustration of the motto “Panama, crossroads of the world, Heart of the Universe “. From their early beginnings, Panamanian people have been forging their identity using an inscrutably simple heart as a tool and an astonishing array of cultural diversity as the raw material. The result: primitive African drums, dresses in the exquisite Seville pollera, (national dress of Panama), a tamborito, while Celtic voices may be heard in a cumbia. The flavors of five continents may find harmony in one typical dish. All this is the final product of a process of cultural blending in the making. Meet the true soul of a living people! INCLUDED: Ground transport, dinner, folkloric show, taxes, tips, English speaking tour guide (for groups of 20 persons more) RECOMMENDATIONS: casual dress. 22:00 Return to Hotel 23:00 Curfew (room check) Evening spent at the Country Inn & Suites El Dorado. DAY 9: FRIDAY, APRIL 24 07:15 – 08:00 Breakfasts at the Country Inn & Suites El Dorado 08:00 Departure to the Gamboa & Aerial Tram GAMBOA & AERIAL TRAM Visit the vast botanical garden and discover the lush vegetation and wildlife. From the aerial tram at a height of 36 mts/118 ft, the panoramic view will give you the opportunity to admire the diversity of trees, birds, hummingbirds, the butterflies, the monkeys in their natural habitat in addition to having a stunning view of Lake Gatun. A visit to the orchid nursery, the aquarium, the serpentarium, the butterfly exhibit in our tropical forest will conclude your day. INCLUDED: Ground transport, English speaking tour guide, aerial tram, exhibits entrance, lunch and drinks. RECOMMENDATIONS: light clothing, walking shoes, hat, sunblock, insect repellent. Note: schedule of aerial tram ride will vary according to time of arrival. 15:30 Return to Hotel 16:00 – 19:00 free time for Shopping 19:00 Departure to Dinner at Bucanero’s Restaurant 19:30 Dinner at Bucanero’s Restaurant BUC ANER O’S R ESTAUR ANT PLACE: CAUSEWAY CATEGORY: INTERNATIONAL CAPACITY: MINIMUM: 30 PEOPLE MAXIMUM: 60 PEOPLE WHIT AIR CONDITIONING/ 130 PEOPLE AT THE TERRACE OPEN DAILY DINNER MENU ENTREE Ceviche de Corvina MAIN COURSE Fillet Mignon Grilled Corvina Charcoal-broiled chicken in ACCOMPANIMENTS French-fried Potatoes / Mashed Potatoes / White Rice / Mixed Vegetables DESSERT Strawberry Cheesecake BEVERAGES (1 PER PERSON) Coffee or Tea Sodas or National Brand Beer or Bottled water After Dinner: Free Time 23:00 Curfew (room check) Evening spent at the Country Inn & Suites El Dorado. DAY 10: SATURDAY, APRIL 25 09:00 Breakfast at the Country Inn & Suites El Dorado 10:00 Departure to Shopping at Multicentro 12:00 Lunch at Hard Rock Café 13:00 – 18:00 Departure to the City Tour + Canal CITY TOUR & PANAM A 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 (subject to the Panama Canal Authority's transit schedule). We visit the colonial city - or Casco Viejo, designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with attractions such as the Golden Altar, the Plaza de Francia Square, and Las Bóvedas. A panoramic visit of the ruins of Panama La Vieja - now a historical monument to a time gone-by and also designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO - the original settlement that was destroyed in 1671 by the infamous pirate Sir Henry Morgan. We will visit “Mis Pueblitos” where you can see replicas of houses of the three most important cultures of the country: the Spanish, the Indian and the afro – antillan. 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. As a departing impression, we make a panoramic tour on the Amador Causeway to take in the magnificent view. Souvenir shopping at the YMCA crafts market. INCLUDED: Ground transport, English-speaking tour guide, entry fees and soft drink. RECOMMENDATIONS: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunblock. 18:00 Return to Hotel. 19:00 Dinner at the Country Inn & Suites El Dorado Restaurant After dinner: free time and Optional activity 23:00 Curfew (room check) Evening spent at the Country Inn & Suites El Dorado. DAY 11: SUNDAY, APRIL 26 04:00 – 05:00 Hotel Check - out 05:00 Transfer to Airport 07:00 Flight check – in HAVE A SAFE TRIP BACK HOME!!!