OAT Panama

Old Aug 16th, 2010, 09:16 AM
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OAT Panama

I just returned from the Overseas Adventure Travel trip to Panama and wanted to give my 2 cents, since I found very little on this topic anywhere beyond OAT's website.

DH is NOT an adventurous person, so this was a good compromise for me to be able to go somewhere outside of the US and Europe with him. The last minute price of $1500.00 per person (excluding airfare) was great, plus the food in Panama is not spicy, there is a nonstop from LA, and I speak Spanish, so this was well within his comfort zone. An added bonus is that the hotels and restaurants in Panama are non smoking.

The OAT trip consisted of :
Panama City- 2 nights
Playa Coronado-2 nights
Gamboa Rainforest-2 nights
Panama Canal aboard the 12 cabin, 121 foot yacht Discovery-3 nights
Panama City-1 night

The trip was super. The Canal was wonderful. The Discovery is the only boat permitted to stay overnight in the Canal (we overnighted in Gatun Lake) and went, kayaking, exploring by Zodiac, etc. A true highlight. Trip director was excellent, a 30 year old with a huge interest in flora and fauna.

I'm happy to answer any particulars.

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Old Aug 18th, 2010, 07:24 AM
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Thanks for your info. on your OAT trip.We will be in Panama in December,and will visit some of the same areas.I am particularly interested in your time in Gatun Lake,and what you experienced and saw in that area.Thanks again for your
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Old Aug 18th, 2010, 11:32 AM
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We had a great time in Gatun lake. It is filled with wildlife. We saw 4 different kinds of monkeys, too many different birds to count, and a couple of huge, lazy crocs. The zodiac guides were great wildlife spotters and the lake was heavenly to swim in.
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Old Aug 19th, 2010, 07:13 AM
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I recently took a tour of the islands in the Gulf of Chiriqui by boat - so many undiscovered beaches. Our guide worked for the Panama real estate project Isla Palenque, it was a pretty big island and we saw Howler Monkeys! I highly recommend doing something like this while in Panama.
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Old Aug 19th, 2010, 12:12 PM
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EKKatIP-That area you speak of is in fact the second half of our trip.We are going to Islas Secas for four nights,to explore some of the islands as well as dive and snorkel-can't wait to get there!
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