Panama Holidays

Panama is the wiggle of land linking Costa Rica in Central America and Colombia in South America. Famed for its impressive canal, Panama is country of extremes – piercing skyscrapers in modern Panama City (but with historic colonialism in the Casco Viejo district) and an abundance of national parks of deep, untouched rainforest.

The Panama Canal connects the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean via an artificial 80-kilometre waterway. Its secrets can be discovered at the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre before visiting the elevated observation deck to see humungous ocean liners traversing the locks. Take a boat trip along the canal to experience it first hand, perhaps trying a fishing trip on Gatun Lake, the Canal’s reservoir, to see if you can catch a bass or two.

Spot wildlife in the rainforest highlands – probably the only part of this balmy country that you’ll need an extra layer or two. You’ll find the small town of Boquete here, where coffee and flowers are grown in the rich soil. In the east, El Valle de Antón lies high in the mountains, where outdoorsy types come to hike and climb, breathing lungfuls of fresh mountain air.

If you’re dreaming of beachside escapes, Panama should be on your hit list. You can scuba dive with whale sharks in the Pacific, snorkel around the 68 tropical islands of Bocas del Toro, and sail around the San Blas Islands

Highlights

  • Visit the famous Panama Canal which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean

  • Take in the incredible vistas of Panama's highlands and rainforests

  • Endless snorkelling opportunities on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts

  • Spot the diverse wildlife, including capybaras, howler monkeys and rare bird species

  • Cruise through the waters on a boat trip around tropical islands

Key Info

  • Capital City: Panama City

  • Language: Spanish

  • Currency: Panamanian Balboa & American Dollars

  • Time Difference: GMT - 5 Hours

  • Flight Time: Approx. 13 hours (Via the USA or Europe)

Lauren
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During my extensive travels across Latin America, I not only became fluent in Spanish, I also left fascinated by the vast cultural and landscape differences throughout the region. Latin America always pulls me back wanting to discover more.

Panama trip ideas

Here are some trip ideas to Panama. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333

Places to go in Panama

Here are some of the top places to visit in Panama, Need some help deciding where to go? Call us now on: 01483 319 333

Map of Panama

When to go to Panama

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Chiriquí & Boquete
Bocas Del Toro
Panama City
San Blas Islands

Chiriquí & Boquete

Bocas Del Toro

Panama City

San Blas Islands

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