IAHR World Congress 2019
Water – Connecting the World

Cultural Tours

September 1-6, 2019

Cultural Tours

This programme is only for accompanying persons only. Delegates cannot apply for these activities.
Monday 2, Sept 2019


per person
  • Rain Forest Tour: 8:30 – 14:00
  • Board a boat on the River Chagres to enter the Gatun Lake. Once in the lake, you will navigatethe Panama Canal, you will visit Monkey Island, where you can see these funny animals and feed who come to the boat. You will enjoy of the rainforest around the Canal. Next you will have the aerial tram experience – The aerial tram ride traverses a mile long tract of humid forest that lies within the Gamboa Resort’s boundaries. The tram ascends 280 feet over half a mile and ends atop a hill. From here you will walk to the observation tower, and for those with some stamina involves a climb of 100 feet up a mildly inclined ramp. From the observation tower you’ll get great views of the Canal and the Chagres River, as well as the surrounding forested areas of Soberania National Park.
  • Includes: Transport (Bus & Boat), Guide, bottle of water, snack, and entrance fees to the Aerial Tram & pier facilities.
  • Duration: 5.5 hours
Tuesday 3, Sept 2019


per person
  • Modern Colonial City Tour ( ½ day tour) 8:30 – 12:30
  • Visit the ruins of old panama, destroyed by the pirate Henry Morgan in the year 1,671, then in the old town, visit the metropolitan cathedral, the national theatre, plaza Simon Bolivar where you can appreciate the colonial art of the ancient city, in both old panama and the old town you will have the opportunity to make purchases of souvenirs. Finally visit the causeway where you can enjoy beautiful views offered by the pacific ocean, you can see the ships waiting permission for transit through the panama canal and the fabulous bridge of the Americas, while the other side you can see the impressive skyline and modern city of panama showing us her beautiful buildings and everything that combines this unique and amazing city.
  • Includes: Transportation, Guide, bottle of water & snack.
  • Duration: 4 hours
Thursday 5, Sept 2019


per person
  • Shopping Paradise + Reprosa Museum 9:30 – 16:30
  • Panama City’s leading upscale shopping center is undoubtedly the Mall Multi Plaza Pacific in Punta Pacifica, the top new subdivision built where the local flights airport use to be. With more than One 300 stores, the success has been spectacular and they have already expanded to double of the original size incorporating in the new & Luxury section. Other visits will include the Handicraft Market. Here you will have the opportunity to purchase the different types of Panamanian handicrafts and make the best out of this visit by observing local artisans tailoring their various style of artwork. We will also take you to The Panama Reprosa Museum & Factory, where Panama’s ancient civilizations, cultural traditions, and natural treasures come to life in gold and silver. See how the Pre-Hispanic masterpieces are made by the same method as the ancient goldsmiths. Following a video presentation, walk a catwalk to a casting demonstration and try your hand at the sand blasting process. Highly recommended!
  • Includes: Transportation, Guide, entrance fees (Reprosa), visit the Handicraft Market + free time at Multiplaza Mall.
  • Duration: 7 hours
Thursday 5, Sept 2019


per person
  • Embera Indigenous Community: 8:00 – 15:00
  • Hop on a boat and sail to the Embera Indians community in the Chagres River. Visit your community located in the Chagres National Park, admire their homes, dances and customs. Share a traditional lunch indigenous style and take the opportunity to buy their handicrafts Embera Village: Embera Quera.
  • Includes: Private Transportation (Boat + Bus), Guide, Entrance Fees, Traditional Snack at village, Donation to the Community and Beverages.
  • Duration: 7 hours
Friday 6, Sept 2019


per person
  • Shopping Tour to Multiplaza Mall.
  • Panama City’s leading upscale shopping center is undoubtedly the Mall MultiPlaza Pacific in Punta Pacifica the top new subdivision built where the local flights airport use to be. The construction of the new Highway to the International Airport required a large filling which was utilized for the development of a high class conglomerate of commercial and residential buildings. One of the areas was dedicated to this Mall that now make up over 400 stores. The success has been spectacular and they have already expanded to double the original size incorporating in the new area Express, Forever 21, Bershka, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius, Brooks Brothers, GAP, Banana Republic, Desigual, EPK, North Face and Renuar adding to their traditional original luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Nautica, Cartier, Carolina Herrera, Zara, Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Bvlgari, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo and Fendi. It is notorious the presence of many European names at prices that are advantageous to the Euro prices you get in the same Europe.
  • Includes: Transportation to and from the Mall, Discount Coupons.
  • Duration: 6 hours
1-6 Sept


per person
  • San Blas Express
  • 5:00 – 5:00
  • San Blas, is an archipelago of 365 islands, is one of the most beautiful places in Panama. You will be able to visit 2 of the most beautiful islands, not just in San Blas, but in the Caribbean. Be delighted by the white sand and the crystal clear turquoise water while you sail from one place to another and when you step to the marvelous islands. Get the chance to see the Starfish Bank at the natural pool and the sunken ship, to have a traditional lunch and to buy Guna handicrafts directly from the craftsman/woman.
  • Includes: Ground and Water Transportation, Visit to 2 beautiful islands and the Natural Pool of Starfish, Traditional Lunch, non-alcoholic drink, Native Guide.
  • Not Included: Land taxes to the country $28.00
  • Duration: 12 hours.