Panama, like Costa Rico and Nicaragua, is a Central American country full of contrasts and surprises

This country of the Panama Canal is located between two oceans and borders on Colombia and Costa Rica.

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Panama is almost twice the size of Switzerland with a little less than 80,000 m2 and has 3.8 million inhabitants. Its narrowest point is just 51 kilometres. The highest mountain in the country is the volcano Barú with 3475 meters.
Particularly attractive is the fact that the numerous bays off the coast are lined with hundreds of islands.

The climate in Panama

Let’s go to Panama – but when? When is the best time to travel to this tempting destination? That depends on where exactly you want to go. The climate in the lowlands is warm and humid, with annual temperatures between 23 and 31°C. In the west, on the other hand, which is crossed by mountains, the drushcnitt 5 to 10 ° C is cooler and less humid.
The dry season in the country lasts from about December to April, the rainy season dominates the rest of the year. Nevertheless, it does not rain continuously during the rainy season, even here there can be sunny days and phases from time to time. But when it rains, then it really does.
Thus, Panama is basically a worthwhile destination all year round.

The capital
Panama City is the capital, for travellers the old town is particularly worth seeing. The houses in Latin American style have a very special charm.

A few travel highlights
Those who are guests in Panama should not miss a trip through the so-called eighth wonder of the world, the Panama Canal. The trip is an extremely impressive holiday experience.
Also a historical train ride from Panama City to Colon promises a wonderful holiday memory. The railways are still in their original condition and the trip takes one hour through jungle and along Lake Gatun.

If you want, you can also visit Embera Indians during a Panama trip. With small boats one is taken along the jungle to the village of the natives. An authentic and highly interesting holiday experience. The great ones are also for example the casinos, Bitcoin Roulette is a way to switch something off.
Panama is also a country of natural highlights: numerous national parks are real visitor magnets – for example the Bocas del Toro archipelago. It comprises more than 250 islands, many of them with fabulous coral reefs. The Pearl Archipelago is also always worth a visit and is particularly popular with divers.
The Darien Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is located in the southeast of the country. It is the most species-rich and fascinating biosphere reserve in Panama, where mountain and rainforest alternate.

Panama has a great selection of Hotels und activities

Colonial and Modern

Panama has a great selection of Hotels, all over the Country. From charming hotels in the mountains, to ecologically friendly hotels.  From all inclusive beach resorts to brand name hotels.

We have divided our selection in:

Panama City:  Hotels for both Tourism and Business alike.  For many, Panama City is the ideal location to start your visit.
El Valle: a beautiful town just 2 hours drive from Panama City.  We recommend Sundays, the best day for the local market.
Bocas del Toro:  Unspoiled.  Beautiful. Scuba, snorkeling, beaches, nature…
Beach & Mountain: For All Inclusive Resorts, mountain treks and hikes.
Ecolodges:  Specialized hotels for bird watching, nature, beaches and adventures.
Interior of Panama: The interior offers great adventures.  Quaint little towns with fairs and markets, offering a wide variety of local customs. 

In our ever growing Picture Gallery on Panama we will show you pictures from all over Panama

Embera: A great community of Indians at Chagres River
Panama City:   Highlights different areas of the City, including Amador and Casco Viejo.
El Valle:  Rural mountain town, favorite of Panamanians and tourists, located just under two hours drive from Panama City.
Bocas del Toro: This is probably Paradise.  Natural, unspoiled, dolphins in their natural environment, great scuba and snorkeling. 
Boquete:  a favorite of the highlands of Panama, and the new Retirement epicenter.

 Construction of the Locks of the Panama Canal (picture courtesy of ACP)

 From Panama’s Casco Viejo

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Cruise Ship through the Panama Canal

We bring you in these pages information and recommendations on Panama to make your future visit a memorable one. 

Pictures, sites, itineraries, locations and, specially, our Recommended Panama Hotels, have been carefully selected to participate in this site. 

    Panama has a rich history and culture, from its several Indigenous Cultures to its current fusion of races and traditions from all over the earth.  The ruins of Panama Viejo, founded in 1519, and Casco Viejo, where the city moved after it was sacked by pirates in 1671, have both been declared “Patrimony of Humanity” by the United Nations.  They are historic and architectural icons of Panama surrounded by a fast paced modern city.

    Bathed by two Oceans, Panama offers great possibilities for fishing, diving, or just beach combing.  More than 29% of Panama’s land mass is protected under National Parks.  This of course translates into a heaven for bird watchers nature watchers and Ecotourism. Just imagine that there are over 1,200 Orchid species native to Panama!

    For Restaurants, seafood is a ‘must’: fresh from both oceans; but you will also find in Panama a vast variety of cuisines.  We specially recommend the areas of Marbella, at the heart of the City, Casco Viejo and Fort Amador, at the entrance of the Canal, all peppered with restaurants, bars, discos and clubs.

    Shopping is a delight in Panama.  You will find the latest in electronics, fashion and jewelry alongside beautiful arts and crafts, and the best brand names.  Since the US$ is legal currency in Panama, there are no hassles with exchange rates.  For travel needs, please visit our Before You Travel section, on this Panama guide. 

So do come to Panama and experience our wonders, our people, our culture, our nature and the Panama Canal.   If you would like more eye candy on Panama, please visit our picture gallery, which is ever growing, and will give your a taste of your Panama travel.