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Panama vacations 2022 & 2023

Panama’s capital is the only city in Central America to have real heft on the global stage, and its mighty canal is undoubtedly an engineering tour de force. Comparatively few visitors venture farther afield, but our specialists have explored Panama’s remoter areas, from rainforests to coastal mangroves. They’ll tell you that other treasures lie in store on this twisting strip of land. They can suggest experiences beyond the city for your vacation to Panama, such as birdwatching around Gatún Lake (home to 385 species), exploring botany with the indigenous Emberá, and snorkeling with turtles in Bocas del Toro.

Elsewhere, as part of a Panama itinerary, you can embrace the café culture and tropical forests of El Valle, and wander among coffee plantations in highland Boquete. Or, escape into another world entirely on the isolated San Blas Islands, home to crystalline waters swimming with eagle rays and nurse sharks.

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Suggested tours for Panama

These tours give you a starting point for what your vacation to Panama could entail. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

Suggested activities for Panama

Whatever your interests, our specialists will build activities into your trip that connect to how you want to experience Panama.

  • Emberá Indian Village
    Embera Indians. Panama

    Emberá Indian Village

    Panama City

    Emberá Indian Village

    This tour goes up into the hills outside Panama City to the Chagres River where you transfer with your guide on to an open-top Emberá motorized canoe. You zip along the clear river waters by boat through beautiful scenery to visit the small indigenous community of Emberá Indians in the Chagres National Park.

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  • Panama City & Canal Tour
    Panama Canal, Panama City

    Panama City & Canal Tour

    Panama City

    Panama City & Canal Tour

    The tour of Panama City takes in the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal, Panama Viejo and Casco Antiguo. The tour begins with a visit to the impressive Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal.

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  • Portobello & San Lorenzo Forts
    Portobello Fort, Panama

    Portobello & San Lorenzo Forts

    Panama City

    Portobello & San Lorenzo Forts

    After crossing the canal over one of the lock gates you continue to Fort San Lorenzo, which was constructed by the Spaniards in 16th century to defend against the constant threat of pirates seeking to interrupt the transporting of Inca gold. The fort is very isolated and accessed via a bumpy road, but the drive is worth it with stunning views out across the Caribbean Sea and the mouth of the Chagres River.

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