Overview

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 and that you will experience first-hand on holidays in Panama. 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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The weather in Panama is wide and varied

The most southerly of the Central American nations, Panama also represents the narrowest point of the land mass separating the Caribbean from the Pacific. Situated well within the tropics, Panama has all round high temperatures (30°C) along the coasts and lowland regions. The western mountains provide a higher altitude and corresponding lower temperatures, especially at night.

Panama can be visited all year round but the best time to visit is from mid-December to mid-April, when there is less rain. The majority of significant events fall during these months, including celebrations of Semana Santa (Easter) and Carnival (February - March). This is also when the Panamanians tend to explore their own country, so most regions tend to be busier. Outside of these months the country experiences a wetter climate, with short, sharp rains. Panama has a lower risk of tropical storms than its northerly neighbours thanks to its location outside the hurricane belt.

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    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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