31 days in Panama Itinerary

31 days in Panama Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Panama travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Tocumen International Airport, Drive to Portobelo
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Portobelo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colon
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Valle de Anton
— 4 nights
Drive
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Panama City
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Contadora Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calle Van Hook, Fly to Boquete
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Boquete
— 5 nights
Taxi to Almirante, Ferry to Bocas Town
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Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Blas Islands
— 3 nights
Drive to Tocumen International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Portobelo

— 2 nights
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.
Portobelo is known for wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, appreciate the history behind Black Christ, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Portobelo itinerary tool.

Newark, USA to Portobelo is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colon.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Colon

— 2 nights
Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
On the 4th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Fort San Lorenzo and then enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Centre Canal Expansion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Aguas Clara Locks Visitor Center and then make a trip to Gatun Locks.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colon trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Portobelo to Colon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites

El Valle de Anton

— 4 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.
Step out of El Valle de Anton with an excursion to Leading Adventures in Rio Hato--about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden, admire all the interesting features of The Sleeping Indian Girl, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the El Valle de Anton trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Colon to El Valle de Anton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Panama City.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Panama City

— 7 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Take a break from Panama City with a short trip to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion in Gamboa, about 58 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Panama Canal, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, and snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Panama City day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from El Valle de Anton to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and subway. In July, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Contadora Island

— 2 nights
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 17th (Sat), stroll through Playa Larga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de las Suecas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique. On the next day, see majestic marine mammals with Coral Dreams and then kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Contadora Island road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of subway and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Boquete

— 5 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.
Boquete is known for adventure, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcan Baru National Park, admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, head off the coast to Isla Zapatillas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Boquete sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Contadora Island to Boquete takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Bocas Town, Isla Colon

— 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bocas Town: Wizard Beach (in Isla Bastimentos) and Playa Bluff (in Bluff Beach). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town online tour planner.

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 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

San Blas Islands

— 3 nights
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Carpe Diem Sailing and Yoga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Isla Perro and then step off the mainland to explore San Blas Islands.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Blas Islands, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Bocas Town to San Blas Islands in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and subway; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Bocas Town in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Blas Islands: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 76°F at night. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.