23 days in Panama Itinerary

23 days in Panama Itinerary

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Start: Panama City
1
Panama City
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 45 min
2
Portobelo
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 45 min
3
Panama City
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
4
Contadora Island
— 3 nights
Ferry + Bus:  4 h 15 min
5
El Valle de Anton
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Boquete
— 1 night
Taxi:  4 h 45 min
7
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Penonome
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
9
Panama City
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Edmonton

3
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 22nd (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at El Arco Chato, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Merced. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, thensee what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then explore the ancient world of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport, Panama Pacific International Airport and Tocumen International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Portobelo.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Fishing Charters & Tours
Iglesia de la Merced ©
Iglesia de la Merced

3
nights
Portobelo

The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Blanca. Visiting Portobelo National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo and appreciate the history behind Black Christ.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Portobelo trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a shuttle from Panama City to Portobelo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Panama City.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Portobelo National Park
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Portobelo National Park ©
Portobelo National Park

3
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
On the 27th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple, thenstroll through Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, and then stroll through Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City sightseeing site.

Traveling by shuttle from Portobelo to Panama City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Gamboa
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Bahai Temple ©
Bahai Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Panama Rainforest Discovery Center ©
Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

3
nights
Contadora Island

Contadora Island ©
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Ejecutiva and Playa Cacique. Visit Playa de las Suecas and Playa Larga for some beach relaxation.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Contadora Island online holiday maker.

You can ride a ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island in 2 hours. January in Contadora Island sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. You will leave for El Valle de Anton on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Contadora Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva
Playa de las Suecas ©
Playa de las Suecas
Playa Cacique ©
Playa Cacique

3
nights
El Valle de Anton

El Valle de Anton
Surrounded by lush forests and spectacular mountains, El Valle de Anton serves as the perfect spot to enjoy some of Panama's finest natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the sheer force of El Chorro Macho and then explore the striking landscape of Gaital National Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at La Piedra Pintada, thenget engrossed in the history at The Anton Valley Historical and Cultural Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Palmar Beach.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our El Valle de Anton itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Contadora Island to El Valle de Anton in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Boquete.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

El Palmar Beach
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Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
El Chorro Macho ©
El Chorro Macho
El Palmar Beach ©
El Palmar Beach

1
night
Boquete

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): trek along Eco Horqueta, thentake in the dramatic scenery at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, and then explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Boquete trip builder website.

Getting from El Valle de Anton to Boquete by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Eco Horqueta ©
Eco Horqueta
Los Ladrillos ©
Los Ladrillos

4
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
We've included these beaches for you: Boca del Drago and Starfish Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Bluff and Bastimentos National Park. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bocas Butterfly Garden, and see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Boquete to Bocas Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Penonome.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Colon, Playa Bluff
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
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Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bastimentos National Park ©
Bastimentos National Park

1
night
Penonome

Penonome ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Farallon Butterflies and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Clara.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Penonome online vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Bocas Town to Penonome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Panama City.

Things to do in Penonome

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Farallon Butterflies
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:
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Playa Santa Clara ©
Playa Santa Clara

1
night
Panama City

Panama City
To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Penonome to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will leave for home on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Panama City

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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