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The skinny isthmus of Panama is best known for the giant Panama Canal linking the Pacific and the Caribbean, one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century. But the republic is also host to magnificent tropical scenery, including some of the world’s most untouched areas of rainforest. There’s a diverse wildlife population, with bird and mammal species found nowhere else on the planet. Fringing the jungle are 3,000km of beautiful coastline with coral reefs, islands and undeveloped beaches. There are also plenty of vestiges of the country’s wild history of pirates and smuggled gold: colonial forts, shipwrecks, cannons and towering city walls tell a colourful story.

Our holidays to Panama

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Alcion: Central America Discovery

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Palm tree in San Blas Islands

Panama Canal and tropical rainforest expedition cruise - 21 Oct 2016, 15 Oct 2017

12 days from £4025pp

Tree frog

Explore and Relax Costa Rica and Panama: Wildlife, rainforest and beaches

13 days from £2593pp

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Essential information

Language

Spanish

Time difference

GMT -5 hrs.

Key events

Carnival
Semana Santa (Easter)
Kuna festivals

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Things to do in Panama

Trekking

Trek in the foothills of a Panamanian volcano

Whale Watching Panama

Humpback whale-watching


Our insider tips for Panama

The sight of the massive bulk of a container ship passing through the locks of the Panama Canal: a surreal experience as the hull looms above the horizon.

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Spending time on the autonomous San Blas archipelago with the cheerful Kuna Indians, who have managed to retain a simple, traditional lifestyle in harmony with their island environment.  


Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Snorkelling in the Bastimentos Marine Park, where the coral reefs are populated by dazzling fish species and lobsters.  Meanwhile watchful caimans bask in the lagoons, alongside the turtles which nest on the beaches.
Kathryn

Kathryn Glover

Exploring Panama City. The Spanish made it a hub for their gold plundering activities. Attacked and burnt by marauding pirates and power-seeking national fleets, it survived to become a centre for international commerce and banking, with a multi-national population.
Brian Williams

Brian Williams

What our experts say

Panama is a country of contradictions, where within twenty minutes of taking off over the futuristic skyline of one of the world’s largest concentrations of international banks, you can touch down in indigeous territories where coconuts were currency until not so long ago.

David

David Nichols

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