17 days in Panama & Madrid Itinerary

17 days in Panama & Madrid Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
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El Valle de Anton, Panama
— 2 nights
Bus to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert, Fly to Boquete
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Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
Taxi to Almirante, Ferry to Bocas Town
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama

— 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in July, with highs in Panama City at 36°C and lows at 29°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

El Valle de Anton, Panama

— 2 nights
Surrounded by lush forests and spectacular mountains, El Valle de Anton serves as the perfect spot to enjoy some of Panama's finest natural attractions.
On the 23rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Haven and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Sleeping Indian Girl and then take in the dramatic scenery at El Chorro Macho.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our El Valle de Anton road trip website.

You can drive from Panama City to El Valle de Anton in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Boquete.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Boquete, Panama

— 2 nights
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback and then admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Boquete journey builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Valle de Anton to Boquete takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Nature

Bocas Town, Panama

— 5 nights
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Take a break from Bocas Town with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, kick back and relax at Starfish Beach, and stroll through Boca del Drago.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bocas Town trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Boquete to Bocas Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Panama City, Panama

— 3 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Enjoy Panama City some more: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and explore the activities along Gatun Lake.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City vacation planning tool.

You can fly from Bocas Town to Panama City in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in August, you will find days in Panama City are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. On the next day, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Madrid takes 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Madrid is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Panama City in August, with lows around 22°C. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites

Panama travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Bocas del Toro Province travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Outdoor Activities
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama. Its area is 4,643.9 square kilometers, comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante (Almirante Bay), Chiriquí Lagoon, and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro (or Bocas Town) on Isla Colón (Colón Island). Other major cities or towns include Almirante and Changuinola. The province has a population of 125,461 as of 2010.Christopher Columbus and his crew first visited the area in 1502. Bocas del Toro borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Limón Province of Costa Rica to the west, Chiriquí Province to the south, and Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca to the east. The Río Sixaola forms part of the border with Costa Rica. An old railroad bridge spans the river between Guabito and Sixaola, Costa Rica. The bridge is a border crossing used by tourists going between destinations in Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica.

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