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Portobelo and Caribbean Coast

Just an hour and a half from Panama City on the Caribbean coast, Portobello is one of the most scenic places in the country. During the colonial period, this historic fishing town was Spain’s major port in the Americas and the centre of their trade in the gold and silver taken from the Inca Empire.
 
You can visit the restored Customs House through which all this incredible stolen wealth passed and was counted. While the Inca treasure was exported to Spain, countless slaves were imported through Portobello to serve the Spanish occupation.
 
The ruins of five Spanish forts, which are typical of the Spanish military architecture of the time, also bear testimony to the riches once stored here. They were built to resist attacks, mainly from the British and pirates like Henry Morgan and Francis Drake. They are now a World Heritage Site but in need of some restoration and maintenance.
 
As well as this fascinating but dark history, Portobello now boasts a boutique resort, with a museum and gallery where local artists and artisans produce and sell their wares directly to the public. The rich local culture is readily accessible here, not least among the simple but colourful restaurants serving great seafood. Don’t miss the Black Christ, a 1.5 metre statue of Portobelo’s patron saint, housed in its own museum and honoured in a major festival every October. In September there is another huge Panamanian party at the Jose Del Mar seafood festival.
 
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Not far along the coast lies Isla Grande, an old world fishing village on a pretty island with good beaches, well appointed resorts and a range of tropical nature experiences. The area is also excellent diving and snorkelling territory, with both reefs and sunken wrecks to explore.
Colombia Highlights + Panama Canal
GRC13B
13 NIGHTS
FROM £2,595
International flights quoted separately
Combine the highlights of Colombia & Panama on this 2-country holiday. Visit Bogota & its surrounding colonial towns, including the Salt Cathedral, the Coffee Region and historic port city of Cartagena - a World Heritage site. Then fly to Panama City for a tour of the Panama Canal & the old town. Also visit an indigenous Indian community. All transfers & English speaking guides included.
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Region
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cocora Valley
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Cartagena
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Panama City
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Panama Canal
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Wounaan Community
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Region
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cocora Valley
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Cartagena
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Panama City
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Panama Canal
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Wounaan Community
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