PANAMA

Enjoy a Panama yoga retreat that brings you the best of the city and a soul-warming island adventure.  Find your yoga, surf, SUP and sunshine on our exclusive Bocas del Toro hideaway. We fell in love with Panama, city and coast, and want our yogis to leave feeling like they know Panama, so, we’ve got you covered.

Our Panama yoga retreat includes everything from the moment you touch down until we drop you back off at the airport. Bonuses of The Travel Yogi’s yoga retreats in Panama include pre- and post-retreat night hotels, an exclusive walking tour of Casco Antiguo (a UNESCO heritage site), group meals and guides with you in the city supplying answers to just about everything (these guys know their Panama)!

So get ready to hit the local, and much envied, clear Caribbean waters of Panama. This small island community is the perfect paradise to deepen your yoga practice, relax, sail, surf, explore and stargaze.  The remarkable location and additions exclusive to The Travel Yogi trips make this the perfect yoga retreat spot for the adventure travel-loving yogi.

Retreat Details

Retreat Adventure Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights • Starting at $2295 per person

November 18 - 25, 2017Jessica Bellofatto
Dec 27, 2017 - Jan 3, 2018Vytas Baskauskas
January 20 - 27, 2018Caroline Graham-Wood
February 10 - 17, 2018Veronica Rottman
February 24 - March 3, 2018Brooke Gardner
March 17 - 24, 2018Mia Togo
April 7 - 14, 2018Dianne Bondy
April 21 - 28, 2018Erika Ramberg

Accommodations

Panama City

Deplane in comfort at the Central Hotel in the old quarter of Casco Viejo.  This historic boutique lux hotel bookends our island time with all of the comfort and amenities you can expect: delicious food, luxuriously appointed rooms and the best location in Panama to stroll and take in this beautiful city. Enjoy top notch service and all the flavor of Panama City right outside your door.

Bocas del Toro

Get ready for barefoot elegance, island style. Each Island Plantation room is designed and decorated with natural comfort in mind. All rooms have gorgeous open-air bathrooms, front pool-facing patios, overhead fan for evening comfort (though the ocean breezes keep you cool) and a zen style that eases you into ‘island time’.

Itinerary

 

Teachers will set their yoga schedule, generally mornings and evenings, prior to departure. Schedules will go out with final yoga retreat information to our Panama-loving traveling yogis.

Day 1Day One
  • Arrive into Panama City with transfers to hotel
  • Meet up in the lobby for a walking tour of our historic Panama home
    • Pirates, treasure, canals and more…
  • Welcome dinner dining out in the historic quarter
  • Enjoy the evening out or stroll back to the Central and chill
Day 2Day Two
  • Breakfast at the hotel and get ready for our flight to the islands
  • Group transfer to Albrook airport for our short 1hr flight to Bocas
  • Transfers to our island paradise
  • Early evening yoga in the jungle yoga studio
  • Welcome dinner island style
Day 3Day Three
  • Morning yoga and breakfast
  • Spend a leisurely day by the pool, on the beach or just sitting back and listening to the monkeys
  • Early evening yoga in the jungle yoga studio
  • Evening dinner and laughs
Day 4Day Four
  • Rise and shine morning yoga and breakfast
  • Get your sea-legs on as we head out for a day on the water
    • Hop on the catamaran for a day of natural beauty
    • Sail through Dolphin Bay (guess why it has that name…)
    • Snorkel the mangroves and spy for a sea turtle
  • Back home in time for evening yoga in the jungle yoga studio
  • Delicious group dinner island style
Day 5Day Five
  • Morning yoga and breakfast
  • Today is free to catch up on your reading, enjoy a cervesa pool/beach style or stroll down to La Piscina
  • Early evening yoga in the jungle yoga studio
  • Evening island dinner
Day 6Day Six
  • Wake up yoga and breakfast
  • Out on the water today heading to La Isla Zapatillas
    • These pristine islands are part of the Bastimentos National Park and are completely undeveloped
    • Snorkel the crystal clear water reefs and marvel at Mother Nature
  • Evening yoga in the jungle yoga studio
  • Poolside Bocas farewell dinner
Day 7Day Seven
  • Morning yoga will be dictated by the Air Panama flight time
  • Final island breakfast and Bocas goodbyes
  • Transfer to the Bocas airport for our flight back to Panama City
  • Final group dinner in historic Casco Viejo
Day 8Day Eight
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfers to the Panama City airport based on departure time
    • Later flights have a few extra hours to explore and play in Casco
PANAMA

What's Included

What’s included:
  • Yoga each morning & evening (excepting Panama City arrival and departure)
  • 2 nights accommodations in Panama City hotel (arrival and pre-departure night)
  • Guided city walking tour of Casco Viejo – a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Welcome dinner in a Casco Viejo restaurant
  • Group flights from Panama City to Bocas del Toro
  • Transfers to and from the Albrook airport

 

  • 5 nights beach front yoga-lux accommodation
  • Group catamaran sail and snorkel
  • Boat day out to Las Isla Zapatillas for a crystal-clear water snorkeling day
  • Ocean front cabana living
  • Two delicious meals a day
  • Transportation to and from Panama City (PTY) airport (on arrival & departure days only)
What’s not included:
  • Airfare to Panama City
  • Additional excursions
  • Lunches
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities

Testimonials

FAQs

US citizens will need a passport to visit Panama, but no visa is required at this time.  All passports will need at least three months validity beyond the date of entry and at least one blank page for entry stamp.  As this information can change, for up to date entry requirements please visit the State Department’s Panama page.

Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements with their government well in advance of travel.

Please fly into the Panama City international airport (PTY). Transfers will be arranged from the airport on arrival and departure days only. Arrival transfers will only be offered for flights arriving before 3pm on arrival day.

The Travel Yogi has you covered when it comes to your domestic flight! We’ll get you all to the Albrook airport for the quick 50-minute flight to Bocas del Toro.  From there it is approximately a 30-minute drive to our location.  We’re giving you the best of city life as well as the secluded charm of the island.  Only about 15 minutes of the drive is on a paved road, with the last half going a bit slower on a dirt road with the ocean on your right and tropical lushness on your left.

Our awe-some Bocas beach paradise has your yoga retreat needs covered.  Blocks, mats and straps are all supplied and ready for you to breathe into your practice this week.

Absolutely.  In Panama City and on Bocas you can be as wired, or unwired, as you’d like.

Naturally! Of course, there is the gorgeous Caribbean with options ranging from surf waves and rolling waters to the still bath-like waters of La Piscina.  Or, if you want to forgo the ocean exploration, you can relax just outside of your room at the pool.

Absolutely.  Dietary requests can be accommodated provided that you notify us at least four weeks in advance.  There will be vegetarian and non-vegetarian options at each meal, so you can choose your own culinary adventure.

Whether your decide to surf all week or gallop off on a steed, there is more than enough time to book these excursions when you arrive. There is so much to absorb that it’s best not to book before arrival and, especially for the surf, you’ll want to get the local report first.  See what you feel like when you reach the good life and don’t forget to block off some chill time.

Our friends down south utilize the same plug and voltage as the United States and Canada. If you are coming from another part of the world, a plug adapter and/or converter may be necessary.

Like all beautiful tropical location, yes, there are bugs.  While we do recommend that you take a mozzie spray, the natural ocean breeze generally keeps these guys at bay.

Although we don’t recommend you book excursions ahead of time, you’ll want to think ahead a bit when it comes to packing. Treks and horseback riding will require close-toed shoes (ie, not flips or sandals) and a few pairs of long pants won’t go amiss.

Your essentials will be your yoga clothes and bathing suit with the rest depending on your appetite for adventure.  Quick dry clothes will work best and we will, of course, send out a packing list prior to departure.

Bocas has it’s own microclimate that can be quite different from other areas of Panama.  The trade-off for some of the rains is also a green, tropical lushness that is unique to these islands.

The average daytime temperature is almost always in the low to mid 80s with evening temperatures consistently staying in the low to mid 60s.  The ocean temperature is also consistently, and beautifully, in the low 80s (nice!).  November, December and January are the wetter months while September leads off as the driest month followed by October, February and March.