58 days in Panama Itinerary

58 days in Panama Itinerary

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58 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Portobelo
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
San Blas Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Darien Province
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
5
Isla Taboga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Colon
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
Isla de Coiba
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 45​min
9
Boquete
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Cerro Punta
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
Santa Catalina
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
El Valle de Anton
— 6 nights
bus:  2​h
13
Panama City
— 12 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Zurich

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.
Portobelo is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and appreciate the history behind Black Christ.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Portobelo route maker .

Zurich, Switzerland to Portobelo is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Portobelo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun): head off the coast to Isla Perro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla Pelicano.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Blas Islands trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Portobelo to San Blas Islands by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Darien Province.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

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

1
night
Darien Province

Darien Province ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Darien National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Darien Province day trip planner.

Fly from San Blas Islands to Darien Province in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Darien Province

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Darien National Park ©
Darien National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Cacique, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ejecutiva, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa de las Suecas.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Contadora Island trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Darien Province to Contadora Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Contadora Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the ferry ride to Isla Taboga.

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

1
night
Isla Taboga

Isla Taboga ©
Less than an hour's boat ride from the capital, Isla Taboga offers a picturesque retreat from the commercialism and bustle of Panama City.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Iglesia de San Pedro and then step off the mainland to explore Taboga Island Beaches.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Isla Taboga visit website .

Traveling by ferry from Contadora Island to Isla Taboga takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colon.

Things to do in Isla Taboga

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taboga Island Beaches ©
Taboga Island Beaches
Iglesia de San Pedro ©
Iglesia de San Pedro

6
nights
Colon

Colon ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Gamboa (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Gatun Locks, step off the mainland to explore Barro Colorado Island, explore and take pictures at Portobelo National Park, and deepen your understanding at The Galeta Marine Laboratory.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colon online route planner .

Traveling by car from Isla Taboga to Colon takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Barro Colorado Island
Highlights from your plan
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wizard Beach (in Isla Bastimentos), Aamvecona (in Changuinola) and Playa Bluff (in Bluff Beach). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Boca del Drago, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Up In The Hill.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town online route planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Colon to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Isla de Coiba.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Aamvecona, Up In The Hill, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, Wizard Beach, Playa Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

1
night
Isla de Coiba

Isla de Coiba ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Coiba road trip planning website .

Fly from Bocas Town to Isla de Coiba in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 11th (Sat), you're off toBoquete.

Things to do in Isla de Coiba

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba ©
Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba

10
nights
Boquete

Boquete ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Boquete: Vivero Santamaria (in Dolega) and Los Cangilones de Gualaca (in Gualaca). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Volcan Baru National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get outside with Finca Lerida Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Boquete trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Isla de Coiba to Boquete takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Cerro Punta.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bocas del Toro Province, Vivero Santamaria, Los Cangilones de Gualaca
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Boquete Bees ©
Boquete Bees

3
nights
Cerro Punta

Cerro Punta ©
Cerro Punta is a city and corregimiento in Tierras Altas District, Chiriquí Province, Panama. Get out of town with these interesting Cerro Punta side-trips: Volcan (Sitio Barriles Museum, Lagunas Adventures on The Janson Coffee Farm, & more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Dracula, tour the pleasant surroundings at Quetzal Trail, wander the wide-open spaces of Haras Cerro Punta, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Raquel's Ark.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cerro Punta road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Boquete to Cerro Punta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Catalina.

Things to do in Cerro Punta

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Volcan, Quetzal Trail
Highlights from your plan
Finca Dracula ©
Finca Dracula
Sitio Barriles Museum ©
Sitio Barriles Museum
Arte Cruz ©
Arte Cruz

2
nights
Santa Catalina

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Estero and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Lagartero Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Catalina online route planner .

Getting from Cerro Punta to Santa Catalina by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Santa Catalina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lagartero Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Rancho Estero ©
Rancho Estero
Lagartero Beach ©
Lagartero Beach

6
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.
Explore El Valle de Anton's surroundings by going to Penonome (Mariposario Cerro La Vieja & Playa Santa Clara), Vista Mar Golf Beach & Marina (in San Carlos) and Farallon Butterflies (in Farallon). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Serpentario, gain insight at Butterfly Haven, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Sleeping Indian Girl.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for El Valle de Anton using our trip planner.

Drive from Santa Catalina to El Valle de Anton in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Panama City.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Penonome, Farallon Butterflies, Vista Mar Golf Beach & Marina, Leading Adventures, Nata Church
Highlights from your plan
El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden ©
Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
El Chorro Macho ©
El Chorro Macho

12
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip planner .

Traveling by bus from El Valle de Anton to Panama City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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