Why Visit Panama?

Panama City

The capital likes to call itself “three cities in one”. From the high rise cosmopolitan side, to Panama Viejo, with its archaeological sites dating back to the 16th century, to Casco Antiguo, the characterful colonial quarter, which also happens to be the city’s gastronomic heart. Not only are there parks, but large nature reserves throughout, and some fabulous beaches just a short boat ride away.




The Panama Canal

This 51 mile man made waterway connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific, is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Filled with fresh water from Lake Gatun, it has 12 locks to counter the terrain and the differing water levels of the two oceans. The Miraflores Locks are the closest to Panama City and the best vantage point.





However you like your beach, you won’t have to look hard to find it in Panama. For palm lined, sugary white sand beaches, with gentle waters lapping the shore and a laid back vibe, head for the Caribbean. Surfers head for the Pacific side, where you may even spot a humpback whale or two.





National Parks

More than a third of the entire country is made up of protected national reserves, containing unique ecosystems, an exceptional biodiversity, and some quite stunning landscapes. The Darien National Park covered in dense jungle and is considered the America’s second natural lung after the Amazon. The Metropolitan NP is in the heart of Panama City, whilst Coiba NP is a marine reserve in the Gulf of Chiriquí and is a world class diving destination.






From trekking remote trails to meet indigenous tribes to summiting volcanoes, from surfing to whitewater rafting, from whale watching to diving, you are guaranteed a thrillingly packed itinerary in this incredibly varied country.







The country is home and on the migratory route to more than 1,000 bird species, and has 107 endemic species alone. The remote forests, mangroves and mountain ranges provide sanctuary for the famous quetzal, as well as the unusually named three-wattled bellbird and the bare-necked umbrellabird.