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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 time 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.
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.