The best of Panama

Nature & Culture

Our excellent journey starts in stunning Panama City, a great mixture of a modern metropolis with an impressive old city and an abundance of culture. You’ll have 7 days to explore Panama’s rich culture and natural beauty.

Enjoy a visit to the charming Old Quarter and the impressive Bio-museum. Also, take a train to Portobello where you will dive into Embera Quera’s lifestyle and community culture. In addition to these, you will take a ride down the famous Panama Canal and take in the nature around you at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.

Panama City

Miraflores Lock, Panama Canal

Portobelo fortress

Casco Viejo

Highlights

Panama City, Miraflores Lock, Panama Canal, Portobelo by train to Colon, Embera Quera indigenous community, Panama Rainforest Discovery Center.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Panama City so you can rest and be ready to start your adventure through this Panama journey.

Day 2. Casco Viejo

Experience a perfect full-day tour to discover Panama City. Visit the charming Casco Viejo (Old Quarter), where you will be launched back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads, and the impressive churches. These are certainly a combination of Italian, French, and Spanish colonial styles.

To end the day, you will visit the Bio Museum, which is located in the Amador Causeway. See a themed museum telling the tale of how the isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet’s biodiversity forever. The permanent exhibition is a combination of art and science joined to create a marvelous phenomenon.

Day 3. Panama Canal

See one of the greatest engineering marvels of all time, the Panama Canal. The tour starts at the north end of the Gaillard Cut where the Chagres River flows into the canal. It is one of the most noteworthy for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide. This section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. 

Once in the Pacific Ocean, the vessel will set sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina. Upon arrival, passengers disembark and a driver will take them back to their hotels. Please note that this tour is subject to availability based on the Canal’s authority’s schedule.

Day 4. The Golden Route

Another exciting day in the Panama tour package. Travel through the Trans-Isthmian railway system with a panoramic view of the Soberania National Park jungle. You will go alongside the Panama Canal and visit the city of Portobelo. 

See the most interesting and historic ruins: the remains of the church of La Merced, the church of San Felipe, the forts of Santiago and San Geronimo, the Customs House, and the beautifully carved statue of Jesus of Nazareth, also known as the “Black Christ.”

Day 5. Embera Community

We will go through the Gatun River in a canoe to meet one of the most authentic ethnic groups of the country: the Embera Community. These Native Panamanians have inhabited and sheltered the most pristine tropical forest. Enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna of the region, and interact with the members of the community. They will share their music, dances, culture, and traditions with visitors.

Day 6. Rainforest Discovery

Tour begins at the Visitor Center, where you may observe up to 13 different species of hummingbirds feeding nearby. Its famous observation tower is over 100 feet high with observation platforms every 25 feet until the terrace. You will be peeking over the breathtaking forest canopy.

On the lake-side, the view showcases aquatic birds such as wattled jacanas, least grebes, herons, and snail kites. In addition, there are monkeys, crocodiles, coatis, butterflies, and two- and three-toed sloths. This is also an excellent opportunity for birdwatchers and nature-lovers.

Day 7. Return home

Your Panama tour package comes to an end today. A driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the International Airport for your departure flight.

map, expenses & price

The best of Panama

Included: ground transportation door-to-door service, six nights of hotel accommodations, local professional guides, all park entrance fees, tours and excursions listed, and daily breakfast.

Excluded: flights, Travel Insurance, tips (optional), personal costs, and additional tours.

Per person starting at $1,500

Extensions

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San Blas Islands

Most tourists have not yet discovered the San Blas Islands, the indigenous group Guna is still in complete control of the islands, most of which are inhabited. The Gunas take care of their islands against large-scale tourism and keep them immaculate, fresh, and gorgeous; this makes the islands exclusive, and if you are looking for off-the-beaten-path and not-spoiled nature in combination with local culture, this is the place for you. San Blass islands are a leading destination in the country due to their well-preserved natural delicacy because of the Guna community. Duration: 1 day. 

Aerial view of the San Blas Islands in the Caribbean Ocean
An aerial view of Bastimentos Island in Bocas del Toro

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Bocas del Toro

The district of Bocas del Toro has a group of islands, lush forests, thousands of cays, a laid-back vibe, and friendly locals. The islands have the first national park in the country, Isla Bastimentos. This park has the most prominent space of mangroves in Panama and some of the finest coral reefs in the Caribbean sea, which makes it a fabulous place to snorkel. Bocas del Toro is a top destination in the country for ecotourism, and it will give you an exceptional experience with untouched beaches and clear waters, jungle hikes, and wildlife. Duration: 2 days.

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