Panama is world-famous for its 77 plus kilometre canal linking the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean. This true engineering marvel works daily shifting ships from one Ocean to another. However, there is far more than maritime traffic and just a canal.
Clear turquoise seas, rain forests, coffee farms and mountain ranges clouded in mist, are teeming with abundant wildlife. Panama is action-packed with trekking, volcanoes, whitewater rafting. After dark you can party-hard or just chill out in a jungle lodge or a gorgeous beach. As the narrowest Central American country, Panama is only just under 60 kilometres wide at its narrowest point and 177 kilometres at its widest. From the top of Volcán Baru located in the province of Chiriquí, on a clear day, you may see both the Pacific and Caribbean oceans while standing in the same spot!
Deserted islands and secluded beaches are part of the chilled Caribbean vibe while awaiting surfers are world-class breaks. Scuba divers can meet whale sharks, snorkellers see the rainbow reefs of Bocas del Toro, or maybe you'd like to set sail simply. From the dazzling blue coastline to the mountains, Panorama is a small, diverse country that packs a punch.
Panama City is culturally rich. Discover the history, nightlife, cool bars, art galleries and friendly locals. Many tours leave from the capital, but taking a day or two in regional areas is rewarding.
The food is delicious, while it changes from region to region. Traditional Panamanian food sees strong influences from Africa, Spain and its indigenous Native American population. Sancocho is delicious, light chicken soup and considered a national dish.
There's history, architecture, colourful festivals and adventure in Panama. Stand and soak in the spray of a towering waterfall near highland Santa Fé or visit one of Panama's seven indigenous groups through community tourism.
Panama exhibits a typically tropical climate with a hot, humid, cloudy and often prolonged rainy season characteristically from May to January. The Dry season is short and usually from January to May. Plan your trip around the types of activities you want to do.