Handpicked by a Panama Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Iconic places to see in Panama'.

Castillo de San Lorenzo

Things to do in Panama It was through this river that the pirate Henry Morgan arrived in the city of Panama 'La Vieja' to loot it. To reach it, it is necessary to pass over the Gatun locks and enter Fuerte Sherman, a military exbase, surrounded by a thick jungle rich in species diversity.   It is an ideal place for bird watching. The Fuerte is located on the right bank of the Chagres Riv...

Volcan Baru

Things to do in Panama The Volcan Baru National Park is located in Chiriqui province close to the mountain range of Talamanca with a surface of 14,322 hectares (35,000 acres) and house of the highest point in Panama, The Baru Volcano (Volcan Baru). This park is of very special geological and ecological value as it is a mix of tropical rainforest and volcanic remains from the last volcan...

Sendero Los Quetzales (Quetzales Trail)

Things to do in Panama The Quetzals trail is considered one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Central America and is one of the best places in the world to encounter the rare resplendent quetzal, one of the top 10 birds to watch in your lifetime according to birders. This trail is located within the Volcan Baru National Park and connects Boquete to the east of the volcano, with Guadalup...

Contadora Island

Things to do in Panama Contadora Island is a haven of peace very close to Panama City, just over 1 hour from the Causeway, and you can even go just to spend the day. White sand beaches, clear water, lots of fish, very friendly people and a very relaxed lifestyle ... However we recommend you stay 1 or 2 nights, discover all the beaches that it offers, and spend some day on a boat, take a l...

Coiba National Park - Isla Coiba

Things to do in Panama About Coiba National Park General data It is located in the Pacific south of the Province of Veraguas, with an area of ​​270,125 hectares, protecting marine, insular and coastal ecosystems. Within this Park are the island areas of Isla Coiba, Ranchería (Coibita), Jicarón, Jicarita, Afuerita, Canal de Afuera, Uvas, Contreras and Brincanco (153,582 hectares), as we...


Portobelo town and forts

Things to do in Panama Portobelo was named by Christopher Columbus on his 4th trip to the Americas in 1502 when he travelled this region. The name was derived from Porto Bello (beautiful port) and used by official founder of the city Francisco Velarde y Mercado in 1597.   Although nowadays it is a small fishing village, Portobelo was once one of Spain’s richest ports from the 16th to 18t...

Masargandub Panama Island San Blas

Things to do in Panama, San Blas The largest island in the Gulf of Carti. Located a few minutes from the Dutch Cays. To walk around the island and back will take approximately 1 hour to reach the exit. Island exclusively for camping Has electric light in the principal part  Baths and showers This is the island where the leatherback and hawksbill  turtles come to nest. The...

Valle de Anton

Things to do in Panama This small town, which residents simply know as 'El Valle', has long since trapped Panama's elite with fresh spring weather and natural attractions. It is two hours away by car from Panama City, and the last 45 minutes are on a winding route that exhibits spectacular landscapes. There is so much to see in El Valle, that it is worth visiting for a whole weekend instead ...

Casco Viejo

Things to do in Panama It remained the center of Panamanian life for almost 300 years, until 1930, when the Casco Antiguo began to decline in a rather regional trend that included several old neighborhoods in Latin America where its wealthy population began to move to the suburbs.   The reasons for this exodus were typically attributed to the emergence of the automobile, which made life ...

Panama Canal

Things to do in Panama There is no more universal claim of Panama than the amazing, magnificent and incredible engineering work that connects two great oceans, Atlantic and Pacific. The Panama Canal is one of the best shortcuts in the world, and extends for 80 kilometers from Panama City, the capital of the country, on the Pacific coast, to Colon, in the Atlantic, crossing the continental divid...

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