Boasting endless secluded beaches and mountains enveloped by rain and cloud forests, Panama is a place where nature and culture gracefully mingle, and where understanding the history and interacting with the local people play a vital role in the overall private Panama tours experience we craft for you.
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The Isthmus of Panama is blessed with two gorgeous coastlines: the Caribbean and the Pacific. Its ideal location 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.
Unlike its northern neighbor, Costa Rica, Panama has managed to preserve much of its seven indigenous cultures whose traditions long predate the arrival of European explorers, allowing a sneak peek into the lives of indigenous tribes and their cultural traditions. Our private Panama tours also draw active travelers interested in sport fishing, diving, rafting, kayaking, birding, and rainforest treks.
The revitalizing Chiriqui highlands offer the perfect mountain blend of adventure and coffee, while the rustic but remote San Blas Islands are home to gorgeous beaches and local Kuna indigenous culture. And, the beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago have some excellent eco-lodges where you can relax between days of island-hopping, snorkeling, and other water sports.
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Panama City, a thriving metropolitan city where old and new coexist, is the most cosmopolitan city of Central America and serves as the gateway to many tropical getaways. Their refreshing “anything goes” attitude makes this capital city a delight.
As a major center of international banking and trade, Panama City is also a regional hub for immigration. The sky high towers, chic nightclubs and gourmet restaurants recall Miami while Panama City’s picturesque Casco Viejo (Antiguo) neighborhood, the historical center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with colonial and neoclassical buildings, cobblestone streets and bohemian cafes, echoes Bogota.
Explore Fort San Lorenzo, modern promenades, duty-free shopping zones, casinos, and five-star hotels, such as the American Trade Hotel, a slice of luxury nestled in the bustling streets of Panama City. Venture out on a day trip for hiking, prime bird watching, and ecological boat rides in the best-preserved rainforest regions near a metropolitan city. Visit the welcoming Kuna Yala indigenous communities, be immersed in Embera Native traditions or enjoy painting workshop and congo dancing with residents of Portobelo two hours north of the city.
Panama’s ideal location between east and west gave way 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.
The history of the Panama Canal is central to the country's overall historical and cultural context, broadening this unique country to an influx of travelers and explorers, who have all added their own flavor to the country. Take a scenic train ride along the Canal, sail through it on a shared boat or view it from above on a helicopter ride. Panama Canal’s astounding locks are a man-made feat to behold.
The beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago is an oasis of isolated white sand Caribbean beaches. Here you can relax in one of many excellent eco-lodges jutting out over the water between days of island hopping, snorkeling, rafting or kayaking.
Drift away on a swinging hammock on your own private island. Tour with a native guide from the Ngobe Bugle community or partake in an exhilarating zip-line tour through the rainforest treetops. Prepare to exhale after an expansive immersion into Panama’s natural oasis.
Boquete is an ideal place to visit for families or those wanting to escape into nature. Located on the Caldera River in western Panama, surrounded by the Chiriquí Highlands is the small and tranquil sunny mountain town of Boquete.
Sample Panamanian coffee and captivate your senses at the coffee plantations before hiking through the biologically rich cloud forest. Just west of this colonial town, marvel at the towering Barú Volcano and attempt to spot the elusive quetzal bird along the Los Quetzales Trail in the Barú Volcano National Park. North of town, the Bajo Mono Loop drive has expansive views of the verdant forest.