Snorkel on coral reefs, seek out jungle wildlife and experience Panama City's cultural mix on holiday in Panama. Book with Journey Latin America.
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.
From expertly designed Private Journeys to trail-blazing Group Tours, browse our range of carefully crafted holidays.
Group - Discovery
Panama / Costa Rica / Nicaragua / El Salvador / Honduras / Guatemala
Alcion: Central America Discovery
22 days from £3,061pp
Costa Rica / Panama
Expedition cruise: Costa Rica, Panama and the Canal
15 days from £6,989pp
Panama / Costa Rica
Expedition cruise: Panama, the Canal and Costa Rica
16 days from £7,654pp
Costa Rica / Panama
Explore and Relax Costa Rica and Panama Coast: Pacific route
13 days from £2,940pp
Places To Visit In Panama
Discover our guide to the most exciting, memorable and inspiring places to visit.
Azuero Peninsula and Pacific coast
Discover a series of sparkling beaches on the Pacific coast, including Boca Chica. This region also encompasses the off-shore Pearl Islands.
Bocas del Toro and The Caribbean
Located at the north western edge of the country close to the Costa Rican border, Bocas del Toro feels unlike the rest of the country with its laid-back Caribbean vibe.
Boquete and the Chiriquí Highlands
Boquete and the Chiriquí highlands are a breath of cool fresh air, offering bucolic scenery and temperate climes.
Panama Canal and Soberania National Park
Completed in 1914, the colossal 77 km Panama Canal links the Pacific with the Caribbean. The lush, tropical Soberanía National Park fringes the eastern banks of the canal and is a wildlife hotspot.
Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Explore Spanish fortresses and pirate history
Go scuba diving in Panama
Go snorkelling in a Panamanian marine reserve
Go snorkelling in the Panamanian Caribbean
Browse our unrivalled portfolio of accommodation . Every option has been carefully chosen by our team of travel experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll relax in utter comfort.
Panama / Panama City
American Trade Hotel
Panama / Azuero Peninsula and Pacific coast
Bocas del Mar
Panama / Bocas del Toro and The Caribbean
Panama / Boquete and the Chiriquí Highlands
Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Resort
Where to go when - our guide to Panama
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 peak season tends to fall 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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Real Latin America Experts
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant
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.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant
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.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.