47 days in Panama Itinerary

47 days in Panama Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Panama holiday planner

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Panama City
— 8 nights
Taxi to Panamá, Ferry to Isla Taboga
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Isla Taboga
— 1 night
Ferry to Isla Flamenco, Ferry to Contadora Island
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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
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Catalina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pedasi
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Blas Islands
— 3 nights
Bus
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Portobelo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colon
— 4 nights
Fly
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Volcan
— 2 nights
Drive
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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
— 6 nights
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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 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, take in the views from Bridge of the Americas, and examine the collection at Biomuseo.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Panama City day trip planning tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Vancouver to Panama City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in January; daily highs in Panama City reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Isla Taboga.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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 25th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Taboga Island Beaches and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pedro.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isla Taboga online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Panama City to Isla Taboga in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Isla Taboga

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with Coral Dreams and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ejecutiva. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Suecas and then kick back and relax at Playa Larga.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Contadora Island trip itinerary maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Taboga to Contadora Island in 4 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Contadora Island are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

El Valle de Anton

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near El Valle de Anton: Leading Adventures (in Rio Hato) and Playa Santa Clara (in Penonome). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden, stroll through El Serpentario, take in the natural beauty of Los Pozos Termales, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our El Valle de Anton online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Contadora Island to El Valle de Anton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Catalina.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Catalina

— 2 nights
Since Santa Catalina became known in the international surfing community in the 1970s, it has done well to maintain its identity as a tucked-away fishing village.
On the 2nd (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Catalina and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Lagartero Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Catalina trip maker app.

Drive from El Valle de Anton to Santa Catalina in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Pedasi.

Things to do in Santa Catalina

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pedasi: Catedral de San Juan Bautista (in Chitre), Isla Iguana (in La Villa de los Santos) and Iglesia Santa Librada (in Las Tablas). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Venao Beach, see what you can catch with Playa Venao Fishing, and stop by Artemania.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pedasi online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Santa Catalina to Pedasi in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Pedasi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Blas Islands

— 3 nights
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
San Blas Islands is known for beaches, nature, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to San Blas Islands, soothe aching muscles at Carpe Diem Sailing and Yoga, and enjoy the sand and surf at Isla Perro.

Make your San Blas Islands itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Pedasi to San Blas Islands in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Blas Islands can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Portobelo.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

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.
On the 10th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Black Christ, then learn about all things military at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Portobelo trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by bus from San Blas Islands to Portobelo takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colon.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Colon

— 4 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.
Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Portobelo National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Gatun Locks, take in panoramic vistas at Aguas Clara Locks Visitor Center, contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colon route builder.

You can drive from Portobelo to Colon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Volcan.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Volcan

— 2 nights
Volcán is a town and corregimiento in Tierras Altas District, Chiriquí Province, Panama. On the 16th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Finca Dracula. On the next day, examine the collection at Sitio Barriles Museum and then get a dose of the wild on Finca Ceriana Nature Reserve.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Volcan trip builder app.

Getting from Colon to Volcan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Boquete.

Things to do in Volcan

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from Boquete with a short trip to Hot Spring (Pozos Termales) in Hato Viejo, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail), take in the awesome beauty at Volcan Baru National Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Boquete Brewing Company.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Boquete vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Volcan to Boquete in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
On the 24th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Red Frog Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with Scuba 6 ECO Diving. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Isla Bastimentos and then relax and rejuvenate at Bocas Healing Yoga Heather Rose.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Isla Bastimentos road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Boquete to Isla Bastimentos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Isla Bastimentos can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Bocas Town, Isla Colon

— 6 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. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, stroll around Simon Bolivar Park, and stroll through Starfish Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town day trip planning site.

Getting from Isla Bastimentos to Bocas Town by ferry takes about an hour. In February in Bocas Town, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.