56 days in Panama Itinerary

56 days in Panama Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Boquete
— 7 nights
2
Cerro Punta
— 2 nights
3
Isla de Coiba
— 1 night
4
Changuinola
— 2 nights
5
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 5 nights
6
El Valle de Anton
— 5 nights
7
Colon
— 5 nights
8
Portobelo
— 2 nights
9
San Blas Islands
— 2 nights
10
Darien Province
— 1 night
11
Isla Taboga
— 1 night
12
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
13
Panama City
— 20 nights

7
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Boquete: Los Cangilones de Gualaca (in Gualaca), Catedral San Jose De David (in David) and Hot Spring (Pozos Termales) (in Hato Viejo). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete, experience rural life at Boquete Bees, browse the collection at Biblioteca de Boquete, and hike along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail).

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Boquete trip itinerary site.

New York City, USA to Boquete is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cerro Punta.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Cangilones de Gualaca, Catedral San Jose De David, Hot Spring (Pozos Termales)
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Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Boquete Bees ©
Boquete Bees

2
nights
Cerro Punta

Cerro Punta ©
Cerro Punta is a city and corregimiento in Tierras Altas District, Chiriquí Province, Panama. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Raquel's Ark, thensee the interesting displays at Sitio Barriles Museum, and then make a trip to Arte Cruz. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of life in the country at Haras Cerro Punta and then admire the natural beauty at Finca Dracula.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cerro Punta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Boquete to Cerro Punta in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Isla de Coiba.

Things to do in Cerro Punta

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Volcan
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Finca Dracula ©
Finca Dracula
Sitio Barriles Museum ©
Sitio Barriles Museum
Haras Cerro Punta ©
Haras Cerro Punta

1
night
Isla de Coiba

Isla de Coiba ©
On the 22nd (Sun), stroll through Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Isla de Coiba using our trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cerro Punta to Isla de Coiba takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Changuinola.

Things to do in Isla de Coiba

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba ©
Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba

2
nights
Changuinola

Changuinola ©
Changuinola is a city in the Bocas del Toro Province of Panama and seat city of the Changuinola District. On the 23rd (Mon), head off the coast to Isla Pajaros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio San San and then get outside with Aamvecona.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Changuinola trip maker site.

You can fly from Isla de Coiba to Changuinola in 7.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Changuinola

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Isla Pajaros
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Isla Pajaros ©
Isla Pajaros
Aamvecona ©
Aamvecona

5
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

Bocas Town ©
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.
Take a break from Bocas Town with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach, don't miss a visit to Random Art, admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, and look for gifts at Up In The Hill.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bocas Town travel tool.

Traveling by bus from Changuinola to Bocas Town takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, Up In The Hill, Playa Bluff
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Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Starfish Beach
Starfish Beach
Playa Bluff ©
Playa Bluff

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near El Valle de Anton: Penonome (Mariposario Cerro La Vieja & Playa Santa Clara), Mantaraya Golf Club (in Farallon) and Vista Mar Golf Beach & Marina (in San Carlos). Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, get to know the resident critters at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden, trek along Square Trees Nature Trail Arboles Cuadrados, and take in the natural beauty of Los Pozos Termales.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the El Valle de Anton tour itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Bocas Town to El Valle de Anton in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colon.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Penonome, Rio Hato, Vista Mar Golf Beach & Marina
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Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
Sunday Market ©
Sunday Market
Playa Santa Clara ©
Playa Santa Clara

5
nights
Colon

Colon ©
Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
Colon is known for historic sites, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Gatun Locks, stop by Panamá-Canal Railroad, gain insight at The Galeta Marine Laboratory, and contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colon trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from El Valle de Anton to Colon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Portobelo.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Barro Colorado Island
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Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad

2
nights
Portobelo

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.
On the 10th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, take an in-depth tour of Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, and then appreciate the history behind Black Christ. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Portobelo driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Colon to Portobelo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo ©
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo

2
nights
San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
On the 12th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Isla Perro. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla Pelicano.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Blas Islands online vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Portobelo to San Blas Islands in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Darien Province.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature Parks Beaches
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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro
Isla Pelicano ©
Isla Pelicano

1
night
Darien Province

Darien Province ©
On the 14th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Darien National Park.

Start your trip to Darien Province by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from San Blas Islands to Darien Province in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Taboga.

Things to do in Darien Province

Nature Parks
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Darien National Park ©
Darien National Park

1
night
Isla Taboga

Isla Taboga ©
Less than an hour's boat ride from the capital, Isla Taboga offers a picturesque retreat from the commercialism and bustle of Panama City.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pedro and then head off the coast to Taboga Island Beaches.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Taboga visit planning site.

Getting from Darien Province to Isla Taboga by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the ferry ride to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Isla Taboga

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Taboga Island Beaches ©
Taboga Island Beaches
Iglesia de San Pedro ©
Iglesia de San Pedro

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Playa Ejecutiva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique, kick back and relax at Playa de las Suecas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Contadora Island driving holiday planner.

Ride a ferry from Isla Taboga to Contadora Island in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

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

20
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Gamboa (Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion & Chagres River). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Altos De Campana National Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and take a stroll through Cinta Costera.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Contadora Island to Panama City takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Gamboa
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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