On the spit of land between Central and South America, between the Pacific and the Caribbean, the varied Panama welcomes you. Here you can hike through species-rich jungles, relax on white sandy beaches, experience modern Panama in Panama City and the rich past in the ruins of Spanish coastal cities.
Every day in this multifaceted country awaits you with new adventures. Are you ready for an unforgettable Panama vacation? Less
The approximately 50 mile long artificial waterway is considered one of the greatest wonders of the world and a masterpiece of engineering. The Panama Canal stretches from Colón to Panama City and allows around 14,500 ships to pass through the country every year. At the Miraflores Visitors Center, located not far from Panama City near the Miraflores Lock, you can learn more about the history of this important canal.
East of Panama City on the Pacific coast, the ruins of the oldest Spanish colonial city await you. Since 2003 the area is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Admire here for example the cathedral Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and numerous monasteries. In the museum near the ruins you can learn about the history of the settlement.
Become an explorer in the tropical rainforest of Soberania National Park. More than 100 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds and numerous amphibians, reptiles and freshwater fish live here. You can explore the park on several hiking trails, including the so-called Pipeline Road, which is considered one of the best areas for bird watching.
The historic quarter of Panama City, Casco Viejo, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 and awaits you with a multitude of buildings that are worth seeing and steeped in history. Besides colonial buildings along narrow streets, you can also look forward to countless charming cafés, bars and restaurants. In the evening, sit next to you in one of the rooftop bars and let your gaze wander over the roofs of the old town to the modern skyline.
The Metropolitan Natural Park welcomes you in the middle of the bustling Panama City. It is the only tropical nature reserve in Central America that is located in a city. Along numerous hiking trails you can enjoy the unique flora and fauna. The two viewpoints Los Caobos and Cerro Credo guarantee breathtaking views. Less
Panama is a true paradise for travelers who want to make their stay active. The spectacular nature of the country can be explored by snorkeling or diving; on land, there are hiking trails. You will get to know Panama from a new perspective by walking over one of the many suspension bridges and treetop paths. Thrills are guaranteed by ziplining or white water rafting.
Panama has a tropical climate, with year-round temperatures around 80°F. In the higher altitudes it gets a little cooler, the same applies to the south coast of the Pacific Ocean. However, the north coast, which is located on the Caribbean, has more rain. From mid-December to mid-April, both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are expected to have the least rainfall overall. Accordingly, the main season for a Panama trip falls during this time. However, those who would like to go rafting in the interior of the country should prefer the rainy season from May to November, as the rivers carry more water then.