Destination Overview

Panama

Panama, a friendly country located at the “heart” of the Americas, impresses with a stunning natural beauty, and is filled with national parks, forest reservations, wildlife reserves and rivers. The Panama Canal, an engineering marvel, which in addition has a spectacular watershed and abundant fauna and flora, is greatly admired by visitors. Panama is where a “sleeping” volcano, cool mountainous terrains, tropical areas, a desert, lakes, and bird watching towers all go hand in hand.

Capital

Panama City

Time

GMT -5

Currency

Panamanian balboa, U.S. dollar

Language

Spanish

Religion

Catholisicm, Christianity

Population

4.5 Million

International Airports

Panama City

Weather

In Panama, a Central American country located just north of the Equator, the climate is tropical, hot all year round. The main difference is found in the rains, which are determined by the seasonal shift of the sun, which in turn determines the prevailing currents.

Top Highlights

Panama Canal

Arguably the most famous attraction in Panama is the Panama Canal. As one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, the Panama Canal is a must-see for anyone traveling to the country. Built to dramatically decrease the travel time for ships between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the Canal has seen over 900,000 vessels and counting. At one point this engineering miracle was considered impossible to build, but today, you can see it for yourself.

Bocas Del Toro

Representing Panama’s vibrant Caribbean culture, the Bocas Del Toro province comprises part of Panama’s mainland, as well as a chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea. In Bocas, expect to find a relatively undeveloped landscape, and a friendly, laid-back vibe. Bocas is also home to a tropical rainforest, some of the area’s indigenous cultures, like the Ngöbe and NasoTjerdi, as well as many of the country’s most popular beaches.

Baru Volcano

Visit the highest point in the country, which also happens to be a volcano! At 3,474 meters high, the towering Baru Volcano is the 12th highest peak in Central America and the only place in the world from where you can see the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the same time. The Volcano and its surrounding land feature a combination of rainforest highlands, as well as the by-products of volcanic eruptions that occurred millions of years ago. 

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Top Places to Visit

Panama City

Probably the most diverse cosmopolitan city in Central America. Located directly on the Pacific, Panama City offers visitors an unforgettable skyline, a historic old town, tons of restaurants and shopping centres. It is also an ideal starting point for numerous excursions.

The Canal

Undeniable one of the great works of world engineering of the 20th century. Since its inauguration in 1914, the Panama Canal marks an artificial 82 km long waterway that connects the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean. For those traveling in Panama, visiting the locks or even crossing the canal is definitely a must do.

Soberanía National Park

With 105 species of mammals, 525 species of birds, 79 of reptiles, 55 of amphibians and 36 species of freshwater fish, the park becomes an important wildlife refuge. The National Park has six nature trails where visitors can interact with the biological diversity of the tropical rainforest and enjoy the natural landscape of this protected area.

Bocas del Toro

One of the most popular travel destinations due to the Caribbean flair, the picturesque surroundings and the easy accessibility of Costa Rica. The islands offer numerous accommodations, especially in the provincial capital, Bocas del Toro. Surfing, snorkelling, diving and boat trips are among the main activities in this biodiverse region.

San Blas/Guna Yala

With 365 Caribbean islands of which only 50 are inhabited, Guna Yala offers the visitor a paradise of palm trees, white sand and blue water in all nuances. The Guna Indians who live there like to show how they have lived on the islands for centuries.

Volcano Valle de Antón

El Valle de Anton is the crater of a volcano. Due to its height of around 600 meters above sea level, the climate is less warm than in the coastal areas. Waterfalls and thermal baths in the primary forest invite you to visit this unique part of Panama.El Valle de Anton is the crater of a volcano. Due to its height of around 600 meters above sea level, the climate is less warm than in the coastal areas. Waterfalls and thermal baths in the primary forest invite you to visit this unique part of Panama.

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