PANAMA 2019 - Extension Options
Days in the Diocese
Dates TBA, approx. Jan 16-21, 2019
Spend the days before WYD with a local host parish. Pilgrims participate in spiritual, cultural, and service activities together with parishioners. The daily itinerary is determined by the Diocese, and your meals and lodging will be provided by your host parish.
Escape the crowds of the city, and take time to prepare for or reflect upon your WYD experience while enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. Full facilities are available to groups for the needs of your self-guided retreat.
Panama Canal Bonus
Dig deep into the sites of Panama City. Take in the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks, discover the Biodiversity Museum, and explore the ruins of Panamá Viejo.
Panama Canal Train
Ride the rails along the Panama Canal Railway. This trip follows a picturesque path, cruising alongside the locks, viewing the lush rainforest, passing through the causeways on Gatun Lake.
Panama Canal Ferry Cruise
Partially transit the world-famous Panama Canal on the Panamar Ferry. Experience the marvels of the locks which have aided passage between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans for over 100 years.
Break away from the urban landscape for a day in Soberanía National Park. Choose your adventure: an Aerial Tram tour into the treetops, or a Boating Expedition on Gatun Lake.
Aerial Tram Tour
Discover the secrets of the upper forest canopy with a ride on an aerial tram. This peaceful and relaxing tour takes you over the treetops as a naturalist guide helps you to interpret some of the jungle’s most interesting facts. The tram rises 267 feet to an observation tower offering fabulous views of the Chagres River, the Embera indigenous community and most of the Soberania National Park.
Gatun Lake Tour
This trip will take you along the world famous Panama Canal into the Gatun Lake, where you will see and learn about the fascinating tropical wildlife of the lake and surrounding forest. You will explore some of the islands formed after the creation of what was once the largest artificial lake in the world.
With a little luck and with the help of a naturalist guide, you can see crocodiles, caimans, sloths, monkeys and a host of birds native to the area.