Panama Course Itinerary 

Below is an example of a typical 10 day expedition in Panama. However trust us when we say that we have left a lot out, we don't want to ruin all of the surprises.

 

Day 1: Hotel Base. After flying out from Panama city to the pearl island of Contadora. Whether you fancy preparing your tan on the hotel beach, snorkelling or exploring a 500 room abandoned hotel its up to you. That evening we will go through our kit, complete the safety briefing and enjoy a hearty meal and try our hardest to get an early night.

 Flying to Contadora in the 12 seater Cessna spotting whales on route

Flying to Contadora in the 12 seater Cessna spotting whales on route

 The stunning hotel you will start and finish your expedition from. 

The stunning hotel you will start and finish your expedition from. 

Day 2: Arrive and build Shelter. Up early and straight after breakfast we will hop aboard the speed boat directly from our hotel beach and travel out to the paradise desert island to settle in to our new home for the next 8 days. We will choose the location to set up base camp before an introductory lesson on machete use and sharpening. We will then move on to shelter building, and how to set up and live in hammocks. That evening like every other we will cook on the open fire and pass around a bottle rum. 

 Setting up our super comfy Henhennessy Hammocks.

Setting up our super comfy Henhennessy Hammocks.

 leaving for our desert island

leaving for our desert island

Day 3: Island training phase - Food We will focus on further construction techniques, building of base camp table and benches. How it is really starting to feel like home! We will then have an Introduction to fishing and fish preparation followed by cooking techniques, how to open coconuts and finish off with a stroll down the beach with our headtocrches to see if we can spot nesting or hatching turtles.

Day 4: Island training phase - Fire  Today’s focus is fire. You will learn a number of ways to make fire by friction and other methods using just what is washed up on the beach. We then work on fishing crafts (spears, hooks and fish traps), Palm weaving, alternative food sources and beach-combing. For super we will cook using an underground bake. 

 Mastering fire with a bamboo fire saw.

Mastering fire with a bamboo fire saw.

 The uninhabited island you will call home.

The uninhabited island you will call home.

 

Day 5: Island training phase - Water. Today’s focus is on water procurement techniques, and desalination. We will then take jungle trek before exploring Bed building options followed by some more afternoon fishing or for those who prefer how to weave a palm frond hat.Tonight supper we will use Bamboo pot cooking techniques.

 preparing tonight snapper

preparing tonight snapper

 How will you find water?

How will you find water?

Day 6: Island training phase Isolation preparation - psychology. Today we will look at rescue and survival psychology. In the afternoon we will spend some time beach combing and foraging in the jungle before spear fishing to catch supper. We will explore how to cook using a clay bake before the castaway phase briefing. 

 Catching tonights supper

Catching tonights supper

 Cooking as the sunsets is one of the most rewarding times of day.

Cooking as the sunsets is one of the most rewarding times of day.

Day 7: 72 hour castaway experience.  Today you will wake up and still have breakfast, however you will be stripped of your hammocks and given your basic equipment to survive. Its timer to put into practice the skills you have developed and see if you can survive as a castaway

Day 8: 72 hour castaway experience

Day 9: 72 hour castaway experience

Day 10: Rescue and celebration. You've made it! Rescue arrives as a speedboat buzzes over the horizon laden with cold drinks and beers. We return back to the hotel for the best shower of your life and an opportunity to reconnect with family back home, relax, sleep or get a massage its up to you. Then we meet at the beach bar for sundowner cocktails before heading out to the best restaurant on the island for a delicious 3-course group meal and knees up. 

 Survivors

Survivors

 The satisfaction of making fire. 

The satisfaction of making fire. 

Day 11: Fly home - Sporting a fine suntan and a tremendous sense of achievement, you will depart home with enough tales to woo at any dinner party.

 Flying home.

Flying home.

 Evening meal under the stars

Evening meal under the stars