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The skinny isthmus of Panama is best known for the giant Panama Canal linking the Pacific and the Caribbean, one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century. But the republic is also host to magnificent tropical scenery, including some of the world’s most untouched areas of rainforest. There’s a diverse wildlife population, with bird and mammal species found nowhere else on the planet. Fringing the jungle are 3,000km of beautiful coastline with coral reefs, islands and undeveloped beaches. There are also plenty of vestiges of the country’s wild history of pirates and smuggled gold: colonial forts, shipwrecks, cannons and towering city walls tell a colourful story.

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Panama Canal: A Journey Between the Seas

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Self-drive Panama: Discover the Pacific Coast

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Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

You must see the astonishing engineering feat that is the Panama Canal. Learn about the fascinating history at the Miraflores Locks museum and watch in awe as 294m long PANAMEX container ships squeeze through the narrow locks. Less well known, the pristine rainforest bordering the canal is home to a remarkable array of fauna! Take a jungle boat trip to see sloths, crocodiles, capuchin, tamarin, howler and spider monkeys and myriad birds, all of which are frequently sighted!

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Founded in 1519 as a base for transporting Peruvian gold back to Imperial Spain, its no surprise that the wealth from these early days has bequeathed today’s visitors with a fine colonial center, the Casco Viejo. Explore the cobbled streets, lively plazas and superb architecture on foot before making your way up to one of the rooftop bars for a sunset cocktail - the views over the tiled roofs to the soaring skyscrapers and Pacific ocean beyond are fantastic.


Kathryn Glover

Comprising of hundreds of islands, from tiny specs of sand with a cluster of palm trees to larger inhabited islands, staying in the autonomous San Blas archipelago of the Kuna Yala indians is to experience how a people has managed to retain a simple, traditional lifestyle in harmony with their island environment. Arguably more of a cultural experience than a beach holiday, there are of course opportunities to enjoy the pearly white beaches and snorkel the coral reefs in the clear aquamarine waters.
Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Adrenaline junkies, walkers, birdwatchers and coffee addicts are spoilt for choice in Boquete, a small provincial town at the foot of Barú Volcano in the verdant and incredibly scenic Chiriquí Highlands. Stay out of town on a coffee finca as a base for exploring the area. Exhilarating white water rafting, horse riding through the fertile foothills of the volcano, searching for Quetzals in the cloud forest and wizzing through the trees on Panama’s best zipline are just some of the activities on offer.

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What our experts say

Panama is a country of contradictions, where within twenty minutes of taking off over the futuristic skyline of one of the world’s largest concentrations of international banks, you can touch down in indigeous territories where coconuts were currency until not so long ago. See our blog for some intriguing facts about the country.


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