Connecting Central and South America, the isthmus of Panama is blessed with two gorgeous coastlines: the Caribbean and the Pacific. Its ideal location between east and west has always made it of great interest to world leaders and ultimately led to the construction of the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for the first time. The completion of the Canal in 1914 under U.S. control positioned Panama as one of the great centers of world trade and immigration, and the history of the Panama Canal is central to the country's overall historical and cultural context.
The capital, Panama City, is a thriving metropolitan city where old and new coexist. The picturesque Casco Viejo neighborhood is the historical center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with colonial and neoclassical buildings, cobblestoned streets and bohemian cafes, but beyond its borders visitors will mostly find modern high-rises and promenades, duty-free shopping zones, casinos, and international banks. Of course, it is also home to the infamous Panama Canal, which can be seen up close, from above on a helicopter ride, or while sailing through it on a shared boat. Panama also has one of the nicest and best preserved swaths of rainforest near a metropolitan city in the region, making it an easy base for day trips into the tropical jungle for hiking, prime bird-watching, and ecological boat rides.
Just short domestic flights away, visitors will find the lush Chiriqui highlands where adventure awaits and coffee plantations perfume the air, the rustic but remote San Blas Islands where pristine beaches mix with local Kuna indigenous culture, and the beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago where excellent eco-lodges provide shelter between days of island-hopping, snorkeling, and other water sports. And unlike its northern neighbor, Costa Rica, Panama has managed to preserve much of its indigenous culture so it is also possible to peek into the lives of indigenous tribes and embrace traditional folklore in certain areas.
So pull up a seat, this is Panama: as much a place to disconnect and relax on the beach as a place to seek out adventure; a place where nature and culture gracefully mingle; and a place where understanding the history and interacting with the local people play a vital role in the overall experience.
Exploring Panama City’s Casco Antiguo
Kayaking and snorkeling in Bocas del Toro from your private island
Visiting with the Ngobe Bugle and Kuna, Kuna Yala indigenous communities
Touring with a native guide from the Ngobe Bugle community
Scenic train ride along the Panama Canal
Seeking the famous Quetzal and other resident bird species
Panama for Active Couples
11 Days/10 Nights
$4,610/per person, based on 2 people
Panama City, Boquete,Isla Palenque, Panama Canal
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Panama for Families
10 Days/9 Nights
$4,610 /per person, based on 2 people
Panama City, Boquete, Bocas del Toro, Panama Canal
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