Isla Palenque Hotel

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Isla Palenque, a private island resort, lies in the pristine waters off the coast of Panama in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Nestled within the 220-acre nature preserve, this luxury eco-resort offers a sophisticated hideaway for guests to relish endless opportunities for both adventure and relaxation. Dine on contemporary cuisine reminiscent of Panama’s cocina tipica. Rest in lavish rooms inspired by island life. Indulge in the soothing outdoor spa at this revered resort that quite literally means “sanctuary.”

DIVE INTO PARADISE

Isla Palenque’s beauty goes from land to sea, with an incredibly lush and varied interior. Hike dramatic bluffs in a verdant tropical forest, repel down towering jungle trees, walk along primordial lagoons, or study precious mangroves in the nature preserve.

The island is surrounded by the Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park. Observe this rare Pacific landscape from the comfort of the hotel’s boat while diving or snorkeling along the coral reefs, kayaking or paddleboarding the mesmerizing coastal waters, in addition to legendary sport fishing. This area is known as the wild west of the Pacific, unknown to all but a few local fishermen, earning it the name “the lost coast.” These protected waters harbor an abundance of sea life from sharks to whales to turtles.

Foraged on land, harvested from the sea

In centuries-old tradition, food in Panama doesn’t take itself seriously. The two restaurants, refined Edén and relaxed Las Rocas, elevate humble recipes beloved by Panamanians into haute cuisine. Sea bass ceviche bursts with flavors of passion fruit, lime and poblano. Classic carimañolas melt faster than you can eat them, topped off by plantains caramelized in cinnamon over home-made ice cream. Island dining is gourmet homegrown simplicity.

Ideal fortravelers who desire a luxury adventure on a pristine jungle island in Panama's Gulf of Chiriqui

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highlights

  • Private island resort on a 220-acre nature preserve, surrounded by a marine reserve
  • On-site produce farm, orchard for restaurants
  • Jungle canopy tours
  • Custom private tours
  • Palm Grove Spa
  • Awarded an ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) award for eco-friendly design and planning

rooms

  • Garden Room: Queen-sized bed; Small seating area; Outdoor shower suspended among the jungle trees
  • Jungle Rooms: Queen-sized bed; Small seating area; Adjoining balconies; Views of the jungle and ocean
  • Ocean Suites: King-sized bed; Giant soaking tub; Balcony; Views of the Pacific and surrounding forest

services

  • Personalized service with a team member on-call for guests
  • Two restaurants, Edén and Las Rocas, serving Panamanian fusion cuisine
  • Infinity pool with two-tiered waterfall and naturally purified water from the island’s aquifers
  • Boat tours with diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, whale & dolphin watching
  • Professionally-staffed kids center
  • Expanded jungle spa
  • Fitness center

American Trade Hotel

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American Trade Hotel and Hall is a luxuriously restored landmark in the Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City. The first independent addition to the distinctive Ace Hotels, it offers guests richly elegant accommodations and fine dining, while surrounded by a thriving local heritage. Hear jazz at a Grammy-award-winning artist’s club, sip rare Panamanian Geisha cultivar, and taste finely prepared foods by one of Gatopardo Magazine’s top 20 young chefs in Latin America. Book guided excursions outside the city, or to the historic Old Quarter and new Panama City, a melting pot of artists, creatives, and cultures from around the world.

WORLD-CLASS DINING AND VINTAGE COCKTAILS

Chef Clara Icaza, named one of the top chefs in all of Latin America, prepares lunch and dinner in the Dining Room. Her culinary expertise, honed in top kitchens from Northern California to New York City, and most recently Limoncillo, the sorely missed Panama City culinary marvel, earned her international attention. Committed to fresh, local ingredients, Icaza offers innovative takes on classic meat and seafood dishes, then pairs it with an impressive global wine list.

Top off the night with vintage-inspired cocktails at the Lobby Cafe and Bar. Harkening back to the Panama City of the 20s and 30s, a time when the country’s social culture was at its most vibrant, the hotel’s bar takes its cues from notable Panamanian sporting clubs of the era. The menu offers classic drinks infused with the bright energy of today’s Casco Viejo, complete with fresh fruits and artisanal ingredients.

EXPERIENCE THE PULSE OF A CITY

Explore all that Panama has to offer through hand-picked, highly personalized tours into the city. From a day on the expansive Lake Gatun, an afternoon walking the historic streets of Casco Viejo, or a demanding hike to the top of Cerro Ancon for stunning views of downtown, the Casco and the Canal await.

Come nightfall, nab one of the 50 seats at Danilo’s Jazz Club. Guests are treated to an intimate mix of international and local artists, many of whom studied under the jazz club’s founder, Danilo Perez. The Grammy-winning, internationally renowned Panamanian jazz pianist and composer played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, Tito Puente, and others. In January, the club serves as the center point for the Panama Jazz Festival.

Ideal fortravelers seeking the most charming stylish boutique with high service standards; good for both couples and families

american trade hotel is one of our preferred hotels when travelling in panama

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highlights

  • Gourmet cuisine from Gatopardo Magazine's top 20 young chefs in Latin America
  • Personalized tours of the city
  • Close to local clubs and experiences
  • Luxurious accommodations

rooms

  • Cuarto Chico: King bed with custom Suite Sleep mattress; 32" plasma TV; Aesop bath products; Peshtemal bathrobe; WiFi; Minibar; Hand-fashioned; Balcony views of Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo and Panama City from some rooms
  • Cuarto: King bed with custom Suite Sleep mattress; 32" plasma TV; Aesop bath products; Peshtemal bathrobe; WiFi; Minibar; Hand-fashioned; Balcony views of Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo and Panama City from some rooms. Crib available upon request
  • Super Cuarto: King bed with custom Suite Sleep mattress; 32" plasma TV; Aesop bath products; Peshtemal bathrobe; WiFi; Minibar; Hand-fashioned; Dining room; Vaulted ceilings with balcony views of Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo and Panama City from most rooms. Rollaway bed or crib available upon request
  • Panorama: King bed with custom Suite Sleep mattress; 32" plasma TV; Aesop bath products; Peshtemal bathrobe; WiFi; Minibar; Hand-fashioned; Top floor; Balcony views of Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo and Panama City from some rooms. Crib available upon request
  • Jardin: King bed with custom Suite Sleep mattress; 32" plasma TV; Aesop bath products; Peshtemal bathrobe; WiFi; Minibar; Hand-fashioned; Entrance to garden courtyard; Balcony views of Plaza Herrera and Casco Viejo from some rooms. Rollaway bed or crib available upon request
  • Esquina: King bed with custom Suite Sleep mattress; 32" plasma TV; Aesop bath products; Peshtemal bathrobe; WiFi; Minibar; Hand-fashioned; Dual balcony views of Plaza Herrera, plus additional views of Casco Viejo and Panama City from some rooms. Rollaway bed or crib available upon request
  • Super Cuarto Doble: King bed with custom Suite Sleep mattress; 32" plasma TV; Aesop bath products; Peshtemal bathrobe; WiFi; Minibar; Hand-fashioned; Vaulted ceilings; Balcony views of Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo and Panama City. Crib available upon request
  • Suite: Two large rooms; King bed in each with custom Suite Sleep mattress; 32" plasma TV; Aesop bath products; Peshtemal bathrobe; WiFi; Minibar; Hand-fashioned; Balcony views of Plaza Herrera or the Gulf of Panama.Rollaway bed or crib available upon request

services

  • Dining room
  • Coffee shop
  • Lobby bar and cafe
  • Large event space
  • Catering
  • WiFi

Journey to Panama

Panama boasts miles of secluded beaches, family-friendly eco-lodges, mountains ensconced in rainforests, a wealth of cultural experiences, and of course, the historic Panama Canal. Panama’s appeal has only continued to grow, as more alluring hotels move in and word continues to spread. However, this skinny isthmus still maintains a very laid-back vibe, with small eco-lodges and boutique hotels serving as bases for adventurous pursuits and beach relaxation. We love this destination because of the array of diverse nature and adventures one can have in a short period of time without needing to move around a lot. For families looking for a nature immersion in rainforests, an understanding the evolution of species, and a wide array of adventures, Panama has a ton to offer.  But “laid-back” doesn’t always mean sacrificing sophistication and style — and that’s where our trip planning expertise comes in!

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Itinerary

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Panama City

Welcome to Panama! Private meet-and-greet at airport with your bilingual guide and transfer to your hotel in the Casco Viejo neighborhood. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Activity Options:

Rainforest and lake tour

Private behind scenes tour of Panama Canal

Explore Fort San Lorenzo and astounding rich natural scene

Overnight American Trade Hotel, La Concordia, or Bristol

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Embera Native Village

Today, enjoy a Embera native village excursion from Panama City. Meet your guide at your hotel for a drive into the Panamanian jungle. Take a canoe ride through the rainforest to reach the village, and visit one of Panama’s seven indigenous tribes on the Gatun River. Learn about their music, traditions and typical dances, and experience the lush flora and fauna of this virgin rainforest. Enjoy a typical traditional lunch with the catch of the day prepared by the women.

Overnight American Trade Hotel, La Concordia, or Bristol

Meals B,L

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Panama Canal / David

This morning, take a private guided tour of Panama City, including a visit to the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Then, private transfer to Panama City airport for your non-stop domestic flight to David in the Chiriqui Highlands.

Flight: Panama City to David

On arrival, airport reception by your bilingual guide and private transfer to your boutique hotel on a coffee plantation outside of Boquete, about 1-1.5 hours away.

Activity Options:

Visit the country’s Frank Ghery designed Bio museum

Fly over the Panama canal for a bird’s eye view

Overnight Finca Lerida, or Panamonte

Meals B

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Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve

Experience a full-day private guided visit to Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve, with hiking and gourmet picnic lunch.

Activity Options:

Ziplining

Rafting

Coffee Tour

Kayaking

Overnight Finca Lerida, or Panamonte

Meals B,L

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Finca Lerida / Boca Chica

This morning, tour the Finca Lerida’s coffee plantation. Learn about the entire coffee production process, with tastings.

This afternoon, take a private transfer to Boca Chica where you are met by staff from the Resort at Isla Palenque for a short boat ride (approx. 15 min) to the private island located in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Begin your 4-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program.

Activity Options:

Ziplining tour

Rafting

Coffee Tour

Kayaking

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,D

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Salvador / Isla Palenque

Your four-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program includes three full days of active exploration on Isla Palenque, with daily guided island and ocean excursions (see below). Complement these activities with some beach time and cool off in the hotel’s infinity pool.

Activity Options:

Beach trips

Birdwatching

Fishing

Snorkeling

Jungle hikes

Kayaking

Surfing

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,L,D

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Isla Palenque

Enjoy a full, customized day on Isla Palenque.

Activity Options:

Beach trips

Birdwatching

Fishing

Snorkeling

Jungle hikes

Kayaking

Surfing

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Isla Palenque

Enjoy a full, customized day on Isla Palenque.

Activity Options:

Beach trips

Birdwatching

Fishing

Snorkeling

Jungle hikes

Kayaking

Surfing

Days9

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Departure

At a previously scheduled time, transfer from Isla Palenque to David airport for your flight back to Panama City’s international airport.

Flight: David to Panama City

On arrival, connect with your onward international flights home (no assistance provided at airport in between flights).

Flight: Panama City to Home City

Meals B

Panama in Style

Panama is a country known for its natural beauty of turquoise seas and tropical cloud forests. Home to many Indigenous tribes, diverse plant and animal life and a vibrant music and culture scene, Panama is an eclectic mix of experience perfectly highlighted in this nine-day adventure. Venture on a canoe ride through the Panamanian jungle to visit an Indigenous village, visit coffee plantations and explore a nature reserve with unique bird watching opportunities. Conclude your journey in utter luxury with a full three days on a private island, a true sanctuary of pristine jungle and secluded beaches.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Panama City, Panama

Welcome to Panama!

Upon arrival, your bilingual guide greets you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel where you can spend the rest of your day in leisure in the Casco Viejo neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most desirable area to stay in Panama city.

The luxurious boutique American Trade Hotel combines old world elegance with contemporary design. The property and surrounding area are steeped in local heritage and culture in an area known to be a meeting place for creative visionaries and deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City. Enjoy fine dining in the stylish in house cafe, have a drink in the Jazz bar, or simply unwind in your plush suite.

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals None

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Embera Native Village

Today, enjoy your Embera native village excursion from Panama City. Visit one of Panama’s seven indigenous tribes on the Gatun River and relish in a traditional lunch prepared by the village’s women. The journey to the village by way of a canoe ride through the Panamanian jungle is an adventure in of itself!

Overnight American Trade Hotel

Meals B, L

Day3

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Panama City Tour / Panama Canal Miraflores Locks / David

This morning, enjoy a privately guided tour of Panama City, including a visit to the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Then take your private transfer to Panama City airport for your nonstop domestic flight to David in the Chiriqui Highlands.

Flight: Panama City to David

Upon arrival, your bilingual guide greets you at the airport and privately transfers you to your boutique hotel on a coffee plantation outside of Boquete, about 1-1.5 hours away.

Finca Lerida is nestled within a historic coffee farm and surrounded by a private nature reserve with spectacular mountain views. Ideal for romance, the beautifully decorated and deluxe rooms include honeymoon suites with a jacuzzi and hammocks from which to enjoy the tranquility. The grounds are filled with colorful flower beds and are ideal for bird-watching. A cosy library and bar is the perfect place to warm up by the fireplace before dining on the terrace in the gourmet restaurant.

Overnight Finca Lerida

Meals B

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Visit Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve

A full day privately guided visit to the Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve transports you into another world of hiking amongst exotic birds and includes a gourmet picnic lunch beneath the canopy.

Overnight Finca Lerida

Meals B,L

Day5

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Finca Lerida’s Coffee Plantation Tour / Boca Chica

A morning tour of Finca Lerida’s coffee plantation teaches you about the entire coffee production process, with gourmet tastings included.

In the afternoon, your guide privately transfers you to Boca Chica where the staff of the Isla Palenque Resort greet you and take you on a short boat ride (approx. 15 min) to the private island located in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Begin your 4-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program.

Isla Palenque is an exclusive private island resort set amidst 400 acres of enchanting jungle and surrounded by seven secluded beaches. Living up to its name, which translates as “sanctuary,” lavish rooms inspired by island life and a soothing outdoor spa provide a luxurious experience in pristine nature.

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,D

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All-inclusive Desert Island Discovery Program, Isla Palenque

Enjoy three full days at Isla Palenque, with daily guided island and ocean excursions as part of your 4-night all-inclusive Desert Island Discovery program. Complement these activities with some beach relaxation and cool off in the hotel’s infinity pool.

Overnight The Resort at Isla Palenque

Meals B,L,D

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Isla Palenque to David / Flight to Panama City

Carry the serenity of Isla Palenque with you as you take your transfer to David airport for your flight back to Panama City’s international airport.

Flight: David to Panama City

On arrival, connect with your onward international flights home (no assistance provided at airport in between flights).

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Latin Excursions Selected for Wendy Perrin’s WOW List 2018

“Wendy Perrin shares her travel secrets, and it’s as close as you can get to vacation perfection.”  —Town&Country

Latin Excursions is delighted to be selected on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List 2018, as one of her trusted travel experts for Latin America. Read on to find out more about the WOW List, Wendy Perrin and exactly why we have been handpicked as her go-to travel planner for the best travel experiences in Latin America.

Who is Wendy Perrin?

Wendy Perrin is an oracle in the world of luxury travel, having spent more than 25 years immersed in travel journalism. Wendy is highly respected in her field, working for Conde Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor (she is their first ever Travel Advocate for some 315 million monthly visitors) and more, winning awards along the way and making many TV appearances. Without a doubt, Wendy Perrin possesses unrivalled knowledge and secrets when it comes to getting the most out of your vacation, and her website is dedicated to sharing all of it with travelers who want to experience something out of the ordinary.

What is the WOW List?

The WOW List is Wendy Perrin’s black book of the very best travel contacts around the globe. Whether you’re looking for a safari in Africa or unforgettable South American adventure, Wendy has tried and tested it all for her readers and is unbeatably placed to recommend the best travel planners and experience makers in the industry. As she puts it herself, she has ‘thoroughly vetted’ them all and only endorses a travel expert if she would use them for her own vacation. There is no one more qualified than Wendy to curate the WOW List!

Latin Excursions on the 2018 WOW List

We are thrilled to feature on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List 2018, as her trusted travel planner for Colombia, Ecuador and Panama. While of course we at Latin Excursions specialize in destinations across South America–from the Galapagos to Patagonia, Cuba to Peru–Wendy’s experience of us is in these three particular countries; for now anyway! Wendy understands that Eric’s multicultural background (his father is American, his mother is Ecuadorian), his extensive travel experience from a young age, and his split bases in Miami and Ecuador, all play a huge part in his flair for customizing tours in Latin America. This is coupled with Eric’s passion for authentic travel experiences, looking beyond the cookie cutter destinations and digging deeper into local culture. It is a great privilege that our philosophy at Latin Excursions is recognized by such a prestigious and credible travel journalist like Wendy, as it really is our passion to create totally unique trips across Latin America.

Read Wendy Perrin’s verdict on Latin Excursions as her trusted travel expert:

Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama
Eric Sheets, Latin Excursions
“Eric has lived in six Latin American countries—he was exposed to the region from an early age by his globetrotting American father and Ecuadorian mother—and today he’s based in Miami and Ecuador, arranging everything from custom itineraries that highlight Colombia’s different local cultures to family reunions, exotic honeymoons, and even villa vacations, not only in Colombia but also in neighboring countries Panama and Ecuador. Travelers have their own private guide and vehicle—to allow maximum spontaneity and flexibility, not to mention rare access to places most travelers don’t see—and stay in top-drawer hotels that share Eric’s commitment to sustainability.”
Trips start at $800 per day for two travelers.

Click here to read Wendy Perrin’s WOW List 2018.

WENDY PERRIN – SAVING THE WORLD FROM MEDIOCRE TRIPS
Town&Country magazine calls Wendy “The Travel Whisperer” who will take you “as close as you can get to vacation perfection.” Condé Nast Traveler praises “The Wizardry of Wendy” and her “encyclopedic knowledge of all things travel.” After 25 years at the pinnacle of travel journalism, Wendy has amassed comprehensive knowledge of the world’s best travel solutions and fixers. She wants to share this knowledge and help people have the best trips possible.

Prior to founding WendyPerrin.com, she was the Director of Consumer News and Digital Community at Condé Nast Traveler, where she wrote her practical advice column, The Perrin Report, for 17 years and her award-winning blog, The Perrin Post, for eight years. She started out long ago as the magazine’s Ombudsman (consumer advocate), investigating reader complaints about travel companies and helping wronged travelers get compensation, and that led to her book Wendy Perrin’s Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know (Fodor’s).

Wendy is also TripAdvisor’s first-ever Travel Advocate, advising its more than 315 million monthly visitors—the world’s largest travel community. She has been a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, on cruise ships, at Harvard University, and at the United Nations. Television appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, and many programs on CNN. She has won the Travel Journalist of the Year award, earned a Lowell Thomas award for investigative journalism, and been a finalist for a National Magazine Award—the magazine industry’s most prestigious editorial honor. She graduated cum laude from Harvard, where she majored in History and Literature.