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AfroPanama Group Trip

January 16-21, 2020

$2,295 USD per person with flight, $1,495 without flight

 Early Bird Special if booked by August 25th:

$2,195 with flight, $1,395 without flight

Thursday January 16, 2020 - ¡Bienvenido a Panama! Arrivals. Evening welcome dinner at local Black-owned establishment

 

Friday January 17, 2020  - Our day starts at Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and Visitor Center. We will explore the West Indian history of Panama at the AfroAntillian Museum. For lunch we will have “A Taste of Curundú” at Black-owned restaurant, Peach Fuzz International. Following a Afro-centered Casco Viejo walking tour, where we go over the Afro history of this area and the current gentrification it is undergoing. The afternoon is free to explore Panama City’s many different areas. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Saturday January 18, 2020 - Black Jesus Day! Travel to the Atlantic Coast to the province of Colon and experience our Portobelo Historical Walking Tour and Congos de Colon presentation and workshop with Mama Ari, the warrior that keep these traditions alive, working with local youth. We will go over the town’s patron El CristoNegro (Black Jesus) as well as the African and Afrodescendant labor that built the town, province, making it a principle region during Spanish pillaging of the Americas, as well as the resistance and maroon legacy of Africans who liberated themselves, as well as Panama at large. We will depart in the afternoon to venture further down the coast to Isla Grande. Overnight stay in Isla Grande. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)  

Sunday January 19, 2020 - Isla Grande Morning. This morning you will enjoy the quaint Caribbean island. There will be an optional morning hike to the highest point of the island. You will have the opportunity to visit; Isla Mamey, Monkey Island and the overwater mangrove tunnels. Afternoon departure to Panama City. Optional round-table with local AfroPanamanian community organizers and activits. The rest of the evening is free to explore Panama City (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Monday January 20, 2020 - We will depart early to travel to Guna Yala and explore the Guna and African history of one of Panama’s indigenous groups. We will visit the Guna Museum and cultural center. You will also hop around the many islands in the Comarca and experience the natural pool in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. We will depart Guna Yala in the afternoon to return to Panama City (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Tuesday January 21, 2020 - Breakfast included ¡Hasta Luego! Departures 

What's Included:

What’s Not Included:

Flights included:

Round-trip airfare from following cities to Panama City, Panama: Newark (EWR), New Orleans (MSY), Baltimore (BWI), Virginia (IAD), Washington DC (DCA), Los Angeles (LAX),San Francisco (SFO), Atlanta (ATL), Miami (MIA), Tampa (TPA), Chicago (ORD), Austin (AUS), Boston (BOS), Houston (IAH)

DEPOSIT $200.00: Early-bird special ends August 25th, SIgn-ups close October 1, 2019

Payment due dates are as follows:

September 15th: $900

October 15th: $595

November 15th: $500 ($400 if early bird)

Those paying in full will receive a $50 discount off total price

*Itinerary may be subject to change before or during the trip to best accommodate the needs of the group. A deposit of $200 is due upon sign-up, the balance to be paid in installments by the latest December 15th. All guests must provide proof of travel insurance before the trip, or upon arrival will not be allowed to participate in the trip activities. All guests must complete and submit to us a liability agreement before embarking on the trip. Any changes after deposit, to flight or itinerary, including accommodations and activities, are at the participant's  expense. Activities may not be substituted for another after deposit is made. Payments are accepted via cashapp or bank transfer such as Zelle  which incur no fee. Credit card and PayPal payments incur a 4% fee.

Deposits are non-refundable after the 24-hour penalty-free cancellation window. Tour fee is non-refundable after contract is signed, but is transferable if flights have not been purchased by the time of cancellation. After flights have been purchased there are neither refunds nor transfers under any circumstances. Bear in mind terms before signing up.

 

Please consider making a doll, book, sport equipment or school supply donation to our Malembo AfroDiaspora initiative Brown Dolls (and supplies) for Brown Children and Access Through Sport Initiative.  

Our Malembo initiative Brown Dolls and Books for Brown Children donations are distributed in local communities. We do not guarantee distribution directly to youth during tour hours, nor direct interaction with local children.

 

Our Causes: Malembo AfroDiaspora

Malembo was the name of bonds that Africans forged in the new world, which obliged them to help one another. “If by chance, a comrade from the slave depot or the crossing happened to turn up working in the same mine or town or on the same plantation, firm bonds of friendship were likely to develop. Such friendships, called malembo, were the beginning of socialization. They created real solidarity among captives, who felt a powerful obligation to help one another.”

 

 Project Casa Afro: Small grants benefiting AfroCubans, to renovate their homes so they may enter into the casa particular tourism market for sustainable income

 Brown Dolls and Books for Brown Children: Disrupting the dearth of Afrodescendant images for Afrodescendant youth

Taller Malembo: Intercultural exchange between foreigners and locals; workshops, clinics and community days