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Bocas del Toro, Panama includes an archipelago of 68 islands which are excellent for beach combing, fishing, snorkeling and surfing.The islands of the archipelago are located in the extreme western part of Panama, only 25 miles from Costa Rica and the area possesses a rich and diverse ethnic mix which is reflected in its traditions, food and the indigenous people.The province includes two national parks, a variety of beaches, islands, lakes and rivers, one archipelago, and several banana towns.It is one of the most biologically diverse areas of Panama and Central America and includes a world heritage site, two national parks and two protected cloud forests. The protected areas consists of 1.4 million contiguous acres, extending from the continental divide to the Caribbean Sea, covering all five altitudinal zones known to the tropics.
In the course of 4 days you’ll explore 6 islands, race on 3 islands, travel by boat from island to island, overnight at a beach camp that you reach by Catamaran after a sunset tour and we’re told it’s not uncommon for dolphins to keep the ship company for awhile. You’ll have opportunities to see a great deal of marine life whether snorkeling or scuba diving and you will get to experience the rich flavors and enjoyable blend of Panamanian island food and laid back hospitality.One cool feature of this event is that it is opens up the possibilities for couples or friends or groups who want to travel together even though some may not be runners. The runs are short enough that if you come down with someone who just wants to support you or just wants to relax they'll be able to enjoy every other aspect of the event itinerary and chill out for a couple of hours at remote beach areas and beautiful locales near the finish line each day, even though they are not coming to race.
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Wednesday - Upon Arrival to Bocas del Toro - Panamá, you’ll be transported by a short boat ride to the western coast of Colon Island. You’ll go to the registration desk at host Lodge in Bocas Del Drago, where you’ll be given your race packets. Check in and enjoy exploring the amazingly beautiful peninsula of Bocas Del Drago or if you arrive early feel free to head into to Bocas del Toro Town by cab. That evening we will welcome everyone at a reception dinner and the official opening of the event.
Thursday - In 1502 Christopher Columbus came to this Archipelago on his 4th and last journey to the New World and stepped upon the shores of some of these uninhabited islands. You’ll begin your adventure much the same way by exploring the main island by foot. The race starts at the trail head off the main road that shoots straight into the jungle. You will almost immediately come upon an indigenous community known as El Tigre (The Tiger) You’ll continue on this narrow single track jungle trail straight through the village and continue until you cross the entire island and reach the eastern shore with its deserted coastline and natural pools of crystal blue water. Beach coast, bush walking and giant reef cliffs and caves await you for the rest of the route.Stage 1 ends right back at Bocas del Drago. The first day’s race is over but the adventure is just beginning. Lunch will be waiting here and we’ll spend some time relaxing for a bit in this beautiful island oasis before gathering what we need for an overnight excursion to Bastimentos Island. You´ll prepare a light pack with only the things you’ll need to camp overnight and race again the next morning. In the afternoon we will take a Catamaran to the breathtaking beauty of Zapatillo Island for an afternoon sunset tour. Afterwards we’ll head to Al Natural Resort: http://www.alnaturalresort.com , and eco resort on the eastern shores of Bastimentos Island where you´ll spend another peaceful night in this remote corner of the world. You’ll drift off to sleep within a bungalow in a bed or hammock if you choose and awake to another day of adventure.
Friday - After a light breakfast you’ll be begin your next race just a few feet from where you stepped onto shore. Heading out through the jungle on small hills that lead you to “Long Beach” in Bastimentos National Park. This will be a long meandering run, allowing you to explore and really soak in one of the most treasured beaches within this amazing coastal paradise.Before crossing some of these breathtaking areas such as Red Frog beach, take a look around. (a beach that got its name thanks to a small, red poison arrow frog which inhabits the far end of thebeach.) In fact, these frogs are only found here, and more specifically, on a small hill that rests at the far end of the beach. It is almost impossible to miss them, as they are walking all over the place. It’s a very Darwinian experience. Reminder: don’t stop to touch the red poison arrow frogs ;)You will then again be entering the forest and soon come across the really small but typical town ofBastimentos and see firsthand the slow and laid back island lifestyle that exists in this part of the world.At the end of Stage 2 you´ll be picked up by boat and transported to Solare Island, where you´ll able to practice snorkeling or scuba diving in one of the most amazing areas in Panamá for scuba diving (for those who are certified. Please let us know in advance) or snorkeling. Here you’ll encounter some the most diverse marine life in all of Central America: dozens of different types of corals, sponges and reef fish and much more. Topside, you’ll be lounging on deck in one of the most beautiful spots in the archipelago.We end the day by traveling back once again Bocas del Drago and your host hotel. You’ll be able to wash up, rest and prepare for a dinner that includes a cultural presentation. Then it’s time to experience the nightlife of Bocas Town as you wish… OR those who may wish to forgo the nightlife have a special option available to them. A quiet stay at Caracol Aqua Resort, (photo link here) an extraordinary lodging experience right off shore of an inaccessible and remote area of island with a small cluster of stilt frame lodges. Check out the lodging page. This is an incredible and stunning location for an overnight stay.There is VERY limited availability/space.. It’s first come, first served and additional $200 fee will apply when registering.
Saturday - The final stage is a very fast fun run on the third island you’ll be racing on and the 6th island you’ll be stepping foot on during TCC Island Run. San Cristobal is large but undeveloped island where cocoa beans are harvested and left to dry on corrugated tin by local farmers. The community of San Cristobel town receives few guests but it’s residents are very welcoming and full of curious and smiling children because this is where the island’s schools are situated. The final day’s race will be a circuit that takes you through town, past cocoa fields and up to a very high vantage point above the village before heading back down again.And finally, after a weekend of exploration, adventure and camaraderie, there will be a farewell awards ceremony celebrating everyone’s achievements at this year’s TCC Panama: Island Run.“Post-race tour opportunity also available." If you have more time after the race consider seeing some other equally amazing parts of Panama with our guided tour. Take a look at the itinerary below and contact us for prices:At a glance POST-RACE TOURS itinerary:
We have a short tour below and a long tour to the San Blas to sail among the islands and the Kuna Yala tribe. (both require at least 6 people to book)
What’s Included :
Initial deposit of $500 per person is required to secure a spot. (ends October 1st and then only full registration fee is required)
This year we are recommending travel through Costa Rica to get to Bocas Del Toro. If anyone is interested in going via Panama City, Panama it’s a great city and we can provide you with suggestions and local contacts who can assist you with flights/accommodations while there.First, plan your flight to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)Itinerary:
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If you have any questions about additional nights at Best Western Irazue Hotel please Contact: Carolina Arias, Tel: 011- 506- 2290- 9300 ext. 2805, Fax: 011-506 2520- 2487 or Email:
Other important information for local flights: Please present yourself one hour before departure at the check-in desk with your passport. Please note that all local flights have a maximal luggage allowance of 25 pounds (12 kg). Excess luggage is subject to space on the aircraft and costs USD 1.00 per pound.
A: One cool feature of this event is that it is opens up the possibilities for couples or friends or groups who want to travel together even though some may not be runners. The runs are short enough that if you come down with someone who just wants to support you or just wants to relax they'll be able to enjoy every other aspect of the event itinerary and chill out for a couple of hours at remote beach areas and beautiful locales near the finish line each day, even though they are not coming to race.
A: US Citizens need only a valid passport and a tourist card. The tourist card is sold by the airline and costs $5.00. Be sure to purchase one when checking in at the counter; otherwise you'll have to make an additional line in customs to purchase it upon arrival. Other nationalities please consult the airline.
A: No. These diseases have been absent for decades from this area. The water from the tap is potable.
A: There is a hospital and drug-store in Bocas Town. Panama City is a 45 minute flight away and has excellent health facilities in the unlikely event you find yourself in a medical emergency.
A: There are actually 14 living languages in Panama. Spanish is the official and most widely used language in Panama. English is spoken or understood by roughly 15% of the native population, mostly found around the captial city and the Caribbean coast. The other languages include: Buglere, Chinese, Embera, Epena, Kuna, Ngabere, Creole English, Teribe, and Woun Meu.
A: A simple Spanish phrase book could be helpful when getting around Panama City, but once you've arrived in Bocas, speaking English will work just fine for you. Bocas is historically an English Speaking area because the original schools were established around 1900 by the United Fruit Company. The schools continue to emphasize learning English.
A: Panama is considered to be one of the safest countries in Latin America.
A: The Balboa is the official currency. The Balboa is exactly equal to the U.S. dollar, and the dollar is accepted everywhere in Panama. The Balboa is only used for metal change. It can be difficult to find change for $50 or $100 dollar bills, and I.D. must be shown when spending them.
A: Typical Panamanian dishes are influenced by its varied ethnic populations: Hispanic, European, Indigenous Indians, Chinese, and North American. Panama City has an excellent variety of restaruants; nearly all international cusines are represented. Some typical dishes include: Patacones (fried smashed plantains), Arroz con Guandu (rice with Pigeon Peas), Ceviche (seafood marinated in lemon juice, with onions, cilantro, and chili), Sancocho (a type of chicken soup), Carimanola (a roll of tropical yucca, fried and stuffed with meat and eggs).
A: Remember that if you are traveling on any of the domestic airlines that they have a 25 pound checked baggage limit per person. You can check bags weighing more than 25 pounds however you will pay for the excess weight – at about $.70 per pound.Life here is casual. Daytime attire should be based on your activities. Nighttime attire is pretty basic – most men wear shorts and a shirt for dinner and the women may wear the same or a casual sun dress. Shirts are required in Bocas town.
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Beach Cabanas in Bocas del Drago: We will be staying beach side each evening. Your first and third night will be spent in comfortable cabanas in Bocas del Drago just 15 meters from the beach while the 2nd night will be at a waterfront eco resort on Bastimentos island: Al Natural Resort “a natural place in complete harmony with nature” www.alnaturalresort.com For those not interested in the rustic beach experience optional upgraded luxury lodging is available for an additional fee of $150 per person per night.If you have any questions regarding lodging please email to