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Join Us for a Cultural Exploration Trip to Panama

Exploration to Panama

July 1, 2019

Did you know that between 13,000 and 14,000 ships use the Panama Canal every year? Or that Panama was the first Latin American country to adopt U.S. currency? Through the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Cultural Exploration Trip to Panama, you can discover even more about the country that links Central and South America.

The November 2019 trip will feature visits to the country’s notable landmarks, including the Panama Canal which transformed global trade, as the group makes their way from Panama City to Gamboa to Playa Blanca and back to Panama City. The 7-day, 6-night trip aims to connect Greater Des Moines (DSM) business people to global experiences and opportunities to create lifelong memories for attendees.

International trade is an important part of strengthening the DSM USA economy. Exploring other cultures, developing international relationships and understanding global markets is the first step. Panama plays a critical role in trade, serving as the crossroads between two oceans and two continents.

If you’re a businessperson in DSM, consider joining The Partnership for the 2019 trip to Panama. Traveling out of the country can force you to learn about yourself in all kinds of ways. It can show you people and experiences entirely different from what you see at home or even traveling within the U.S. The challenges you face in immersing yourself in a new culture provide education you can’t get by doing anything else. These connections can be valuable both personally and professionally.


The Cultural Exploration Trip accommodations include:

·One night at Las Americas Golden Tower, Panama City

·Two nights at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Gamboa

·Two nights at Playa Blanca Resort, Playa Blanca

·Final night at Las Americas Golden Tower, Panama City


The trip will feature visits to many favorite Panama locations, including the Panama Canal, Gamboa Aerial Tram, Cathedral de Nuestra Senora, Casco Antigo and more. A stop through Playa Blanca, several miles of beaches along the Pacific Coast, offers activities such as swimming, hiking, sailing, horseback riding and more.

See a map of Panama.


In November, attendees can expect daily temperatures of around 85 degrees. Panama has a humid tropical climate with little difference in the seasons.


The 2019 Cultural Exploration Trip will take place November 8-14. The deadline to register is Friday, August 16. Fees will be as follows:

· $3,499 pp double — Booking Discount

· $3,599 pp double — Regular Rate

· $800 — Single Supplement


When making your reservation, use this Booking Code: #127062

Previous Cultural Exploration Trips have visited Dubai (2014), South Africa (2016), Australia (2017) and China (2018).

Don’t miss out on this unique travel opportunity. Sign up for this amazing experience or find out more information on the Cultural Exploration Trip
Meg Schneider

Meg Schneider serves as Senior Vice President of Business Resources and Community Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. She is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, an invitation-only organization for senior-level executives in successful nonprofit organizations.