26 Mar 2019 Incentives in Panama City
Are you looking for a new and exciting destination for your repeated clients? Search NO MORE. You may have considered Panama City in the past, you know the Canal and all that, but maybe you were wondering what else there is in addition to the famous engineering feat. Allow us to enlighten you about this spectacular destination, I assure you will be pleasantly surprised.
For starters, Panama City is a cultural and sophisticated metropolis with the fastest growing economy in Central America. Modern infrastructure, direct flights to more than 13 cities in the U.S, spectacular attractions, world-class restaurants, a globalized populace, and a vibrant metropolis that combines history, nature and exciting nightlife make Panama City the perfect destination for incentives and first-class events. Moreover, Panama is one of the safest countries in the Americas, US companies can deduct meeting expenses, and the US dollar is used as currency.
Panama is a country of amazing contrasts both culturally and geographically. Bathed by two oceans and famous throughout the world for the Panama Canal, it is also home to seven indigenous peoples that you can visit, several protected ecosystems including jungles, cloud forests and virgin coral reefs, and a wide variety of wildlife that is easy to observe. The ruins of colonial fortresses speak of epic battles between conquistadors and buccaneers; the Pearl Islands invite the traveler to relax among white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and underwater treasures; and the peaceful, evergreen rainforests along the Panama Canal are a haven for colorful birds and exotic wildlife. This unique setting is the perfect scenario to enjoy exciting adventures such as snorkeling, jungle hikes, canopy tours, indigenous encounters, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, boat tours, and whale watching, all within one hour of the city.
But wait, we are not done yet. The comprehensive leisure offer is backed up by a wide range of luxury accommodations, from modern skyscrapers to gorgeous colonial hotels, as well as unique venues such as the ruins of Panama La Vieja, the striking Frank Ghery-designed Biomuseo, the Miraflores Locks, or the beautifully-restored mansions in the Colonial Quarter. Panamanians are extremely friendly, welcoming and love to dance and party, so it is no coincidence that Panama City enjoys a vibrant nightlife, oftentimes compared to Miami.
Sample itinerary: Panama City: 5 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Panama
Welcome at Panama Tocumen Airport and transfer to your hotel. Free time to freshen up and enjoy some down time at the pool. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Experience the famous Canal, by land and water
After breakfast, we visit the famous Miraflores Locks and watch the massive ships and the lock operation. Then, we move to nearby Gamboa Resort for lunch. In the afternoon, we will briefly navigate along those massive ships you saw this morning before entering the Canal’s backstage in search of wildlife. Dinner will be in Casco Antiguo, the beautiful colonial district where you can also enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife.
Day 3: The Pearl Islands
Board a beautiful catamaran and set sail for the Pearl Islands, a paradise for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking right off its white sand beaches. We can even look for humpback whales and dolphins during whale season. A picnic lunch or barbeque at the beach will be served and then we will have plenty of free time to enjoy the beach before admiring the city’s skyline on our return trip. Dinner at local restaurant of your choice.
Day 4: The Embera Indians
Travel up the Chagres River on small dugout canoes to meet the Embera, one of Panama’s five indigenous people. The village chief will be waiting to give us a brief account on the history of the tribe, traditions, culture, beliefs and handicrafts. A traditional lunch of fish and plantains (plus our signature touch!) will be served followed by a traditional Embera dance and the opportunity to shop for handicrafts or maybe get a temporary Embera tattoo. For adventurous souls, the Embera will lead you to a beautiful waterfall in the midst of the rainforest where you can take a swim in the natural refreshing pool just beneath the waterfall.
Day 5: Colonial Panama, shopping, and Panama La Vieja
Morning guided walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and plazas of the Colonial Quarter. The old city founded in 1673 displays a mixture of French and Spanish influences, which add a unique touch to this bustling and colorful neighborhood. The afternoon is free to relax at the hotel or visit the Albrook or Multiplaza Malls and do some shopping. This evening, we head for the ruins of Panama La Vieja, the first city founded by the Spanish in the isthmus, which was later sacked and destroyed by Pirate Henry Morgan. Our farewell dinner will take place at the spectacular ruins of the old cathedral, whose tower is today a lookout point.
Day 6: Departure day
This morning, we will be transferred to the airport in time for our departure flight.
About our dmc in Panama, Beyond Travel and Incentives: Established in 1994, Beyond Travel & Incentives (BTI) is one of the most reputable travel companies in the Americas. As a leader in the ecotourism field, we have received numerous awards and accolades from our travel partners during the last 20 years. BTI offers full DMC services from our offices in Costa Rica and Panama plus team recreation and event services at our five adrenaline-inducing parks located in Costa Rica (2), Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Maarten.