Basically, any tour that we offer can be made kosher. We are respectful of your cultural norms. Certified kosher snacks and drinks are provided. In the mornings, we can pick up the family at the hotel first, then drive to the sinagogues to pick up the gentlemen, after the prayer. Our short tours on Fridays are perfect and we get you back on time for Sabbath. We understand perfectly what you need, can you tell?
Private Embera Kosher Tour
This kosher tour is special because when Emberas know you are coming, they are as curious about your culture as your are about theirs. lol... and I am in the middle.
Starting time is 8:00 am (fixed time) Pick up: at your hotel Travel Time from Panama City: 1 hr 15 minutes Duration: 7-8 hours (including commuting time) Certified kosher snacks, drinks and fruits would be available. Yes, I make sure you have thing to eat available at alllllll times.
Before we leave Panama City, we make a stop so you can buy your kosher food. The Embera's prepare fruits with a brand new knive that I bring and then placed them on a palm tree leaf, never used before.
Lunch is not prepared at the Village because by the time we arrive, normally they already prepared the fish. Now, for groups of 8 or more if we notify them with plenty of time, we may be able to do it. no promises on this.
The adventure begins on board of a handmade indian canoe on the Chagres River, then a hike through the jungle until we reach the refreshing waterfall and finally you meet the amazing Embera Indigenous Tribe. No more details. You have to come to see the rest.
On the way back we can drop you off at any kosher dairy or meat restaurant.
*Group rate applies for 8 or more guests
Private Volcano Crater Kosher Adventure: The Beauty and the Beast
If you want to go to a place that very few do; bumpy roads with stunning mountain views, unusual transportation and a paradise at the end, we can take you to a post card location at a dormant volcano crater called: Anton Valley. Yes, the volcano is inactive.
This trip is 2.5 hours away from Panama City and well worth it.
For kosher guests we always make a stop for you to buy your food before we leave Panama City.
Certified kosher snacks are available. Yes, I make sure you have thing to eat available at alllllll times. Drinks are also included.
The options at Anton Valley are many; short or long hiking, horseback riding, a zoo, hot springs, waterfalls (the best one requires an extra drive of 35 minutes each way), square trees, a fun ride to blue holes, petroglyphs, zip lining, local market, bycicle ride and more.
We take it easy and don't need to decide what to do before you get there. You can choose activities as we go. .
Aviel Kornfein, came from Switzerland accompanied by his parents and 5 brothers. We seated on the back of a pick up truck adapted for the dirt road ahead. We rode on a bumpy road for about 20 minutes and then walked down a steep hill (really steep). Aviel looked at the crystal clear waters of the blue holes, jumped in, swam for a while and came over to me and said: this adventure should be called: The Beauty and The Beast and that's how we named it.
What is included? Private transportation from and to hotel Moderate to medium hike Local fruits and artisan market Horse backriding The refreshing and beauttiful Blue Hole Waterfall Squared tree trail (optional and if time allows us)
*Zip lining (available - not included)
Private Monkey Island / Panama Canal Tour
This is the coolest way to learn about one of the engineering marvels of the world and our pride: Our Panama Canal, kosher style.
It is a short and sweet boat ride, next to the ships transiting from ocean to ocean. Fantawesome!
Not only that, if we are lucky we may see some of the panamanian wildlife and if possible, we walk through the real jungle looking for the howler monkeys.
Bring your swimsuit because you may want to jump on a natural swimming pool, only for you.
Suggested starting times are 8:30 am, 10:00 am or 1:30 pm Travel Time: 40 minutes aprox. Duration: 4-5 hours (including commuting time)
Certified kosher snacks, fruits and drinks would be available.
*Group rate applies for 6 or more guests
Private 2 caribbean Beach Tour
Mamey Island is one my favorites for many reasons: is a true paradise, crystal clear turqoise waters, lots of palm trees, short and sweet boat ride and you dont have to wake up too early to get there.
This is the perfect spot for families.
For kosher guests we always make a stop to get food we leave Panama City.
Certified kosher snacks, fruits and drinks would be available.
The whole trip is very enjoyable. We wak around Portobelo, a World Heritage site, attacked by pirates during the 1600 and 1700's. Then, we take a private boat ride to a secluded crystal clear green caribbean beach. that is the beach number 1.
The views are relaxing and beautiful. Mamey island is the last stop. The island has what you need: bathrooms, an outdoor shower, beach chairs, coconut palm trees and the real caribbean feeling.
The locals love it and they will be around with their loud music sometimes and you will experience The Real Panama right there.
I am very proud of showing off this island in my province which is very clean, well kept and have the personalized attention of my friends: El Profe, Don Carlos, Bebito, Calito and Alex.
On the way out, if is you are lucky day, we may see spider monkeys.
What is included? Suggested starting time 8:00 am private transportation from and to hotel Private boat to/from beaches Snacks, fruits and drinks included hammock beach chairs snorkeling masks
*Minimum 3 guests
San Blas Private Kosher - Only available for a group of 5 or more guests
San Blas or Guna Yala (pronounced Kuna Yala) is a paradise, an indigenous reservation of more than 350 caribbean islands. Let start by explaining this: the only way to offer a San Blas Kosher tour is by booking a Private Tour. Starting time is 6:00 am. Travel Time from Panama City: 2 hrs, each way Boat travel time: 30 minutes each way: Lenght of tour: 12 hours (including commuting time)
For couples we can offer a regular daytour, mixed with up to 15 more guests (non kosher). Fruits, water, kosher snacks provided. No kosher lunch. shared vehicle, shaed boat (For details and FAQ's please check the San Blas Island tab)
Here are the facts: - A San Blas kosher tour requires a *Minimum of 5 guests or more. - The logistic to organize the preparation of your food requires more time than a regular tour and not many indigenous are willing to do so. Fortunaly, we have a great crew ready for that task - This tour is available Everyday
This is how a Private San Blas Tour goes: 1. We pick you up at 6:00 am (standard pick up time is 5:15 am) 2. Head up to the beautiful mountains of San Blas. Roll the windows down and inhale all that fresh air. 3. Around 9:00 am you should be arriving at the port of Cartí 4. My team is waiting on you and the boat ride to the islands begins (No need to figure anything out, we willl take you from the car to the boat) 5. The tour begins 6. You will visit 3 different islands and the natural swimming pool (The islands we visit are chosen at my team's discretion. We always look for islands with less people to give you more privacy). 7. I organize and follow up on this tour every step of the way. Keep in mind, you will be on a indian reservation and their english is limited 8. My team prepares your kosher food. They will bring to you the fish, the catch of the day and the preparation begins under your watch, following the rules (brand new pans, brand new utensils, all kosher ingredients (salt, pepper, oil). We can prepare salad or fried plantains to accompany your meal. 10. By 3:30 pm We exit the last island to comply with the regulations of the Guna congress 11. By 6:45 pm you should be at your hotel
*It is mandatory to bring passports, no copies, original passports only.
The guna indigenous people have their own dialect and they speak some spanish as well. Useful phrases that will get you a long way there are: Nuegambi - Nu e gam bi = How are you? Anahi - a na i = My friend Nuedi - nu e di = Thanks
Be kind and patient with them and you'll win their hearts!