40 days in Panama Itinerary

40 days in Panama Itinerary

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Fly
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Panama City
— 8 nights
Ferry
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Contadora Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calle Van Hook, Bus to El Valle de Anton
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El Valle de Anton
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pedasi
— 3 nights
Fly to Panama City Marcos A Gelabert, Ferry to Isla Taboga
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Isla Taboga
— 1 night
Ferry to Isla Flamenco, Fly to Boquete
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Boquete
— 6 nights
Drive to Almirante, Ferry to Isla Bastimentos
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Isla Bastimentos
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 5 nights
Fly
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Colon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Portobelo
— 3 nights
Drive to Tocumen International Airport, Fly to Seoul

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Panama City

— 8 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, examine the collection at Biomuseo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City road trip planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Panama City is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Seoul to Panama City. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seoul in June; daily highs in Panama City reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Playa de las Suecas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ejecutiva and then kick back and relax at Playa Larga.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Contadora Island road trip planning app.

Ride a ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mantaraya Golf Club (in Farallon) and Leading Adventures (in Rio Hato). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden, soothe aching muscles at La Casa de Lourdes, make a trip to The Sleeping Indian Girl, and stroll through El Serpentario.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our El Valle de Anton trip planner.

Getting from Contadora Island to El Valle de Anton by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pedasi.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pedasi

— 3 nights
Primarily a fishing village, Pedasi has become increasingly seen as a seaside playground for tourists from across the country and further afield.
Get out of town with these interesting Pedasi side-trips: Catedral de San Juan Bautista (in Chitre), Iglesia Santa Librada (in Las Tablas) and Isla Iguana (in La Villa de los Santos). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with Playa Venao Fishing, kick back and relax at Playa Venao Beach, and stop by Artemania.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pedasi trip planner.

Traveling by car from El Valle de Anton to Pedasi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Isla Taboga.

Things to do in Pedasi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Isla Taboga

— 1 night

Island of Flowers

Less than an hour's boat ride from the capital, Isla Taboga offers a picturesque retreat from the commercialism and bustle of Panama City.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Taboga Island Beaches and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Pedro.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Isla Taboga trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Pedasi to Isla Taboga in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Isla Taboga

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Boquete

— 6 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: take in the awesome beauty at Volcan Baru National Park, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, experience rural life at Cloud Forest Botanicals, and admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Boquete online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Isla Taboga to Boquete in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Isla Bastimentos

— 2 nights
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 17th (Sat): kick back and relax at Polo Beach and then see some colorful creatures with Scuba 6 ECO Diving. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Isla Bastimentos and then stroll through Red Frog Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla Bastimentos online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Boquete to Isla Bastimentos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
Take a break from Bocas Town with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, and admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Bastimentos to Bocas Town in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Bocas Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Colon.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Colon

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Colon to Gamboa to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Gatun Locks, take in panoramic vistas at Observation Centre Canal Expansion, steep yourself in history at Fort San Lorenzo, and gain insight at The Galeta Marine Laboratory.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colon day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Bocas Town to Colon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Portobelo.

Things to do in Colon

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Portobelo

— 3 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: brush up on your military savvy at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the history behind Black Christ, and get to know the resident critters at Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Portobelo day trip app.

Traveling by car from Colon to Portobelo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Panama travel guide

4.2
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.