It’s easy to forget you’re in Central America in Panama City. Because the city is undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan capital in the region. Here, shimmering skyscrapers crowd the skyline like a tropical Manhattan. But there is plenty of history in Panama City. As a base for the Spanish conquests of South America the city holds a vital place in the story of colonial history. And then there is the fascinating human history surrounding the Panama Canal. Yes, scratch the surface of Panama’s modernity and there is a thrilling historical record to be discovered.
The Canal of course is the main drawcard for most visitors to Panama City. Certainly, a trip to Miraflores or Agua Clara Locks should not be missed. But what better way to experience the world’s most impressive feat of engineering than by boat? Traverse the canal aboard a tourist vessel for an in-depth understanding of the canal and locks.
Panama City’s central location and excellent infrastructure mean that there are plenty of fantastic day trips within easy reach of downtown. Visit one of Panama’s autonomous, indigenous Embera communities, just an hour by car but a world away from the capital. Or venture into the rainforest for a chance to see hummingbirds, toucans and more. Finally, one of our favourite options is a tour to El Valle, traveling through Panama’s incredible varied landscape to the country’s food bowl. Here you will visit a local market and then head to the home of a local cook to discover the secrets of Panamanian cuisine.
Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Half-day city tour exploring historic Casco Viejo and the modern parts of the city.
Depart on a full day tour visiting the indigenous community of Embera. Travel by dugout canoe to the village where you will learn about Embera customs and their relationship with nature. After lunch we visit a nearby waterfall for a dip before returning to your hotel.
Today you will enjoy a partial transit of the Panama Canal! Depart from Flamenco in Amador, go through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks, were you will be able to experience firsthand the handling and operations of the canal itself. This tour operates every Saturday, except for the day when it operates as a full transit.
Transfer to the airport for your onwards flight.