20 days in Panama Itinerary

20 days in Panama Itinerary

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20 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  18 h
1
Portobelo
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
San Blas Islands
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 3 nights
Ferry:  30 min
4
Isla Bastimentos
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
5
El Valle de Anton
— 3 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
6
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
7
Panama City
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Paris

3
nights
Portobelo

The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Kids will enjoy Playa Blanca and Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Take a break from Portobelo with a short trip to Gatun Locks in Colon, about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: learn about all things military at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo.

Make your Portobelo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Paris, France to Portobelo is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Paris to Portobelo, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Isla Perro.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Blas Islands trip website .

Traveling by bus from Portobelo to San Blas Islands takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. février in San Blas Islands sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

3
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Starfish Beach and Boca del Drago. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, see the sky in a new way at Plastic Bottle Village, and walk around Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bocas Town online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Blas Islands to Bocas Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and ferry; or fly. Traveling from San Blas Islands in février, you will find days in Bocas Town are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (31°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Bluff, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Plastic Bottle Village ©
Plastic Bottle Village

1
night
Isla Bastimentos

Isla Bastimentos ©
Sitting fairly close to the mainland and just a short boat ride from Bocas del Toro International Airport, the well-connected but still preserved Isla Bastimentos offers access to a national park of protected rainforest and coastline, as well as an abundance of small, uninhabited islands dotted just offshore.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Polo Beach and then stroll through Red Frog Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla Bastimentos trip planning website .

Isla Bastimentos is just a short distance from Bocas Town. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in mars, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

3
nights
El Valle de Anton

El Valle de Anton ©
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.
Visiting Playa Santa Clara and Butterfly Haven will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden and Palmer Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through El Serpentario, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Pozos Termales, and explore and take pictures at Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center).

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the El Valle de Anton trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Isla Bastimentos to El Valle de Anton in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Santa Clara, Palmer Beach
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Clara ©
Playa Santa Clara
El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden ©
Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven

2
nights
Contadora Island

Contadora Island ©
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Suecas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Contadora Island road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from El Valle de Anton to Contadora Island takes 4.5 hours. In mars, daytime highs in Contadora Island are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga
Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva
Playa de las Suecas ©
Playa de las Suecas

6
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Visit Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja for their historical value. Visiting Soberania National Park and Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Panama City trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in mars, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

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