These activities are not included in the program, but can be booked and paid locally:
City Tour & Canal:
During this tour, students will visit Casco Viejo and the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Casco Viejo is located at the mouth of the Panama Canal, and is the oldest city in Central America. This "old part" is the most colorful part of Panama City. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1997. It’s a city within the city, and one from a different age. During this walking tour, guides will point out the different architectural styles. Students will visit churches and plazas while walking along brick roads. After the walking tour, students will be taken to the magnificent Miraflores Locks to witness this engineering marvel in action. A visit to the Canal’s museum with lots of artifacts, photographs, and videos that trace the canal area’s history from pre-Columbian times to the present is included in the tour. The trip starts and ends in Casa de Carmen. Transportation and a bilingual guide are included.
Embera Indigenous Village:
The trip starts on the Chagres River at Lago Alajuela, from there you will ride in a traditional cayuco (dug-out canoe) to the Emberá indigenous village. At the village you are welcomed by the villagers who will give an introduction to the culture, religion, art, language, food and lifestyle of their people. You will be served a traditional lunch of Tilapia fish and fried plantains. Other activities include a trail walk through the jungle, a musical dance and performance, and the chance to swim in a crystal clear river at a majestic waterfall.
San Blas Island Trip:
It is not too much to say that Kuna Yala (or also called San Blas) is one of the most fascinating places in the Americans. This autonomous indigenous region in the Republic of Panama is comprised of an archipelago of 356 islands in the Caribbean Sea, of which only 51 are inhabited. With its virgin nature and beaches of white sand and pristine water, Kuna Yala deserves the name of "Pearl of the Caribbean". For many years a hidden paradise on this planet, Kuna Yala is slowly opening its doors to foreigners. The adventure to this place begins with a 3-hour, four-wheel drive trip from Panama City to the place where you get on the boat to go to Cartí island. On the island, you will have a room at a homestay and three meals a day included as well as a daily snorkel/beach trip to a different island. This trip includes two nights in the islands. Return transportation back to Panama City is included.
The hostel of "Spanish in the City" is located is located in the Bella Vista area which is full with restaurants and bars within walking distance. Accommodation is in dorm-style rooms shared between 4-6 people. Bathroom facilities are shared. A fully-equipped kitchen is available, and laundry service is available for a fee. Free Wi-Fi, sheets, towels, and daily cleaning service are included.
There is a possibility to book a private transfer from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) to your accommodation. The transfer is NOT included in the price and will be booked separately.
Continental breakfast and tropical fruits included