THE TRAVEL YOGI

Panama Yoga Adventure

All You Need to do is Unroll Your Mat

Snorkeling and sun salutations? Yes, please! Join us for a yoga retreat Panama style and soak up the hum of the city coupled with the best of eco-lux beach living.  Panama is an ideal location for a soul-inspiring wellness vacation – you can soak up a delectable mix of cultural adventure, yoga and multi-sport inclusions to rejuvenate and reconnect mind and body.

One of our top international yoga retreats, our island home-away-from-home of Bocas del Toro will take your breath away with its gorgeous beaches, bath-water-warm ocean snorkeling and unparalleled sunsets.  Balance historical-laden Panama City bookends with the heart of the week in eco-luxury bliss on beautiful Bocas del Toro.  All you need to do is unroll your mat and sink into a Caribbean yoga retreat.  As one of Latin America’s best adventure yoga trips, Panama’s city and island beauty won’t be a secret for long!

National Geographic Traveler named our Bocas del Toro and Panama City yoga retreat one of “50 Trips to Change Your Life”.  Come find out why…

Adventure Details

Panama City and Bocas del Toro with The Travel Yogi

Panama CIty

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Bocas del Toro

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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 beachfront yoga-lux accommodation
  • Group catamaran sail and snorkel
  • Boat day out to Las Isla Zapatillas for a crystal-clear water snorkeling day
  • Oceanfront 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

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’.  Please note that hairdryers are persona non grata on Bocas so be prepared to let your locks flow au naturale mid-week.

Itinerary

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

1

DAY 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

2

DAY 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

3

DAY 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

4

DAY 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

5

DAY 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

6

DAY 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

7

DAY 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

8

DAY 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

TESTIMONIALS

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Frequently Asked Questions

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. Please note that our island location has their own power grid and hair dryers and similar small appliances are not allowed as they’ll (temporarily) blow the system.  Take these few days to embrace the au-natural look and spend that would-be hair-prep time swimming, exploring, relaxing or expanding your practice.

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.  Remember, as noted above, leave those hair dryers at home!

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.

Yes! Of course. Once you’re booked you’ll receive an email with important logistical information and a link to your invoice. You can pay any amount at any time on the invoice; you can use it as a payment plan or leave it alone until the final due date. Remember that deposits are non-refundable so, on all trips, we recommend purchasing travel insurance.
Yoga and Mindfulness Yogini Nancy

Yogini Nancy

Having traveled to 25 countries, The Yogini Nancy is an avid traveler who is looking forward to taking you on your next adventure! 
 
Nancy discovered yoga and meditation at a silent meditation retreat in Bali, Indonesia, while looking for serenity when she was on exchange at the National University of Singapore. She later completed her Yin, Gentle, and Hatha teacher trainings at HappyTree Yoga with Melanie Richards in Montreal. Nancy completed her Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training at Naada Yoga and did her hands-on assist training with Asami Yoga in Montreal. She was trained by Melanie Shanti Faucher to guide pre- and post-natal yoga classes and most recently, she completed her 300-hour teacher training in Vinyasa and Ashtanga Adjustments at Kranti Yoga in Goa, India. Nancy is a Vipassana meditator. She completed her 10-day silent meditation course in Merritt, BC in 2015. She has been teaching and practicing mindfulness ever since.⁠

Nancy is a McGill Law School graduate and an advocate for racial justice and mental health. She is a strong believer in the power of yoga and meditation to restore peace of mind. When she is not teaching yoga and meditation, Nancy is an inclusion consultant in the wellness industry and a proud member of the Conscious Counsel law firm. She is currently the assistant teacher trainer in Happy Tree Yoga’s Advanced Hatha 300hr Yoga Teacher Training. ⁠In her former life, Nancy worked as a financial analyst for an investment bank on Wall Street.

Her intention is to teach in a joyful way that nourishes the mind, body and soul. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, Nancy’s classes serve her students, whether their desire is to reduce stress, improve flexibility, accelerate the healing of an injury, or change their lifestyle. ⁠
Marina Traub Yoga Retreats with The Travel Yogi

Marina Traub

Marina (E-RYT 500 and Continuing Education Provider) is an NCAA Champion Rowing Coach who found yoga on her own personal search for healing. She’s been bringing people more in tune with their bodies for 20 years and is known for accessible and informative cueing, a genuine love of the body’s capabilities and a compassionate and lighthearted approach to learning and personal growth.

She teaches vigorous vinyasa, intelligent alignment, and delicious yin. Marina gravitates toward the ocean and crosses the street to pet dogs. Forever a student, she has enjoyed studying under Seane Corn, Noah Maze, and Judith Lasater, and she is trained in Prison Yoga, Veterans Yoga, and Y12SR Yoga for 12 Step Recovery. She most enjoys helping others move into consciousness and gratitude for their everyday lives using the practice of the eight limbs.