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.
What people say
It was an awesome trip! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to experience the real Panama with a hint of Costa Rica at the start. Lots of fun and knowledge to pick up. Definitely worth it :)
Panama travel highlights
Relax on the Pearl Islands
Indulge in a beach BBQ on the Pearl Islands after a relaxing day of snorkelling and swimming.
Ascend Volcan Bary
Standing atop Panama’s tallest peak, you’ll get views that reach the coasts –the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific to the south.
Decipher the petroglyphs at La Piedra Pintada
The enormous sandstone boulder is adorned with carvings thousands of years old. Their meaning is still a mystery.
Explore the historic area of El Casco Viejo
Panama City’s old town was built to replace the original capital which was destroyed by pirates. See beautiful crumbling and restored churches as well as glorious white colonial palaces.
Panama holiday information
Local culture of Panama
Geography & environment
Shopping guide to Panama
Panama festival calendar
Food & drink in Panama
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