Few places have so much untouched rainforest, so many beaches clear of human life, and so many surviving indigenous cultures.

Spliced between two oceans, Panama’s emerald mountains and gushing streams make it a stunning getaway. The opportunities for exploration are endless here, as you hike, trek, raft or zip-line through the jungle. Boquete is just one of these pristine regions where the creeks sparkle and the trees sing with wildlife. As you move through countryside’s patchwork of plantations toward the capital, you’ll be greeted by a silver city with a historic heart. 

Panama travel highlights

Panama holiday information

Panama facts

Local culture of Panama

Geography & environment

Shopping guide to Panama

Panama festival calendar

Food & drink in Panama

Further reading

Panama travel FAQs

  • Australia: Yes - on arrival
  • Belgium: Not required
  • Canada: Yes - on arrival
  • Germany: Not required
  • Ireland: Not required
  • Netherlands: Not required
  • New Zealand: Yes - on arrival
  • South Africa: Yes - in advance
  • Switzerland: Not required
  • United Kingdom: Not required
  • USA: Yes - on arrival

The cost of a tourist card on arrival varies by nationality.

Tipping is common practice in Panama. Add 10-15% to your bill in restaurants and leave some extra change for guides, drives and hotel staff. 

You’ll be able to access the internet in urban areas of Panama only. 

Panama has good mobile coverage in urban areas but service may be unreliable outside of cities. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Panama has both western-style toilets and squat toilets. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

  • Bottle of soft drink = 1 PAB
  • Bottle of local beer = 1.50-2 PAB
  • Snack at a market = 2-3 PAB
  • Lunch at a café = 5-7 PAB
  • Three-course dinner at a restaurant = 20 PAB


Drinking tap water is safe in Panama unless otherwise states. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a refillable bottle or canteen with you. 

You’ll be able to use your credit card in places like hotels, large shops and restaurants, but prepare to pay cash when making purchases from local businesses. 

Large cities and touristy towns have ATMs, but be sure to withdraw before leaving cities for rural areas. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Panama/public-holidays