Panama HOLIDAYS

Panama is frequently described as “Central America’s best-kept secret” due to its rich history, incredible natural beauty and an astounding degree of biodiversity.  For many, the relatively undeveloped tourism industry, the low number of visitors, and the warm and welcoming Panamanians make this the highlight of the Isthmus.

 

Fronting two oceans, Panama has some pristine beaches with crystal clear waters, white sand, coral reefs and coconut palm trees. More than half the country is covered by dense tropical rainforest and you only have to travel a few miles out of Panama City to see monkeys, sloth’s and even the elusive harpy eagle.

 

If you are passionate about birding this really is the place to be with over nine hundred bird species – more than in Costa Rica or in the whole of North America.

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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN Panama

ISLANDS

In the far north is the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, a chain of islands offering overwater villas and distant islands lined with palm trees and picture perfect beaches. This is a vast area so full day trips to get the islands and surrounding reefs are required.

WILDLIFE

The best place for seeing some wildlife in Panama is the Darien region. Remote and difficult to get to it offers some of the best birding on the planet. If time is scarce then head to the Soberania National Park just outside Panama City, a small enclave of jungle teeming with birdlife.

COLONIAL QUARTERS

One of the greatest surprises in Panama is Panama City. The majority of the city has little offer, but the colonial quarter, known as the Casco Viejo, is a delight to walk around. Sitting on a small peninsula with sea either side, you will find lovely plazas surrounded by exquisite architecture

THE CANAL

Quite simply put, the Panama Canal is miracle of engineering. You have to see it all to realise just how incredible this project is. Seeing the Miraflores locks is one thing, but the museum which shows all the details from the early planning stages all the way through to finishing is excellent.

NATIONAL PARKS

Panama has small pockets of national parks throughout the country. They are well preserved and contain microcosms of wildlife found elsewhere on the isthmus. Each deserve 2 or 3 nights and offer a different insight into the country.

KUNA YANA

The Kuna Yana are small tribe of Indians trying to preserve their way of life. They inhabit the San Blas Archipelago, a chain of 365 islands of which they inhabit about 40 of. They have resisted change since the Spanish arrived and today are a community unto themselves.

MAP OF Panama

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OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS IN Panama

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when to go to Panama

SELECT THE MONTH YOU WANT TO TRAVEL

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

January to April are the country’s driest months, though expect rain from around the middle of April onwards. Temperatures will be around 28 C and accompanied by high humidity.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

January to April are the country’s driest months, though expect rain from around the middle of April onwards. Temperatures will be around 28 C and accompanied by high humidity.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

January to April are the country’s driest months, though expect rain from around the middle of April onwards. Temperatures will be around 28 C and accompanied by high humidity.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

January to April are the country’s driest months, though expect rain from around the middle of April onwards. Temperatures will be around 28 C and accompanied by high humidity.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

The rainy season runs from May to the middle of December and during these months she receives more rainfall than any other Central American country with an average monthly rainfall of over 280 millimetres. The driest and therefore best months are January to April.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

The rainy season runs from May to the middle of December and during these months she receives more rainfall than any other Central American country with an average monthly rainfall of over 280 millimetres. The driest and therefore best months are January to April.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

The rainy season runs from May to the middle of December and during these months she receives more rainfall than any other Central American country with an average monthly rainfall of over 280 millimetres. The driest and therefore best months are January to April.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

The rainy season runs from May to the middle of December and during these months she receives more rainfall than any other Central American country with an average monthly rainfall of over 280 millimetres. The driest and therefore best months are January to April.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

The rainy season runs from May to the middle of December and during these months she receives more rainfall than any other Central American country with an average monthly rainfall of over 280 millimetres. The driest and therefore best months are January to April.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

The rainy season runs from May to the middle of December and during these months she receives more rainfall than any other Central American country with an average monthly rainfall of over 280 millimetres. The driest and therefore best months are January to April.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

The rainy season runs from May to the middle of December and during these months she receives more rainfall than any other Central American country with an average monthly rainfall of over 280 millimetres. The driest and therefore best months are January to April.

Panama, due to its location next to the Andes and its thin coastline, has a long rainy season.  This therefore only gives you only a small window in which to visit.

 

The rainy season runs from May to the middle of December and during these months she receives more rainfall than any other Central American country with an average monthly rainfall of over 280 millimetres. The driest and therefore best months are January to April.

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AN OVERVIEW OF Panama

 

Panama City
This is without doubt one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in Latin America – there is an infectious energy to the place which is driven by the optimism and rich cultural brew of the Panamanian people.

Bocas Del Toro Archipelago
Consisting of 6 larger islands and almost 200 tiny uninhabited islets, the archipelago is a maze of jungle covered islands, with pristine beaches, surrounded by some of the best-preserved hard and soft corals on the planet.

San Blas Archipelago
The archipelago gives you an opportunity to visit the villages of the San Blas Indians to learn about the fascinating Kuna culture and snorkel around picture-perfect tropical islands covered with white sand and coconut trees.

El Valle
Two hours by car from Panama City, El Valle is nestled in the second largest volcanic crater in the world. It is a great escape from the heat of Panama City offering excellent; hiking, nature tours, birding, and its famous local markets.

Soberania
Bordering the central part of the Panama Canal and park protects some 19,500 hectares of lowland tropical forest in the Atlantic watershed and is a world famous destination among birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

WHEN TO VISIT:

Dry Season: Mid December to mid April and September/October
Rainy Season: May to August and November

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