Panama is the crossroads of Latin America. At the southern tip of the Central America land mass it connects to South America and is of course home to the famous Panama Canal, allowing ships to pass between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
It’s airport is one of the best connected hubs in Latin America. There are great beaches, fascinating cultures, diverse wildlife and gorgeous wilderness areas. The Bocas del Toro archipelago in the north has white sandy beaches, coral reefs, clear waters and dense forests and tourism is low key thanks to the status of marine park. The San Blas Islands in the south (around 350 islands) are also in a protected area and are home to the indigenous Kuna Indians.
Panama City is a vibrant, cosmopolitan centre with colonial buildings alongside tower blocks and sits in a bay at the Pacific side of the canal. Close to the Caribbean entrance to the canal is Portobelo which was once the gold and silver holding point for bounty from Spanish raids to the south. The remains are a World Heritage Site.
In the west of Panama, there are coffee plantations and villages in the Chiriqui Highlands which is a popular hiking area. The La Amistad International Park crosses the border and is the largest protected wildlife reserve in Central America. Also awarded national park status is the once impenetrable Darien Gap (which breaks the Pan American Highway) a region of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity.
There are several adventure tour companies who operate holidays through Panama or we can tailor a private trip to suit your requirements. Get in touch for options and plan a holiday to Panama and Central America.