11 days in Panama Itinerary

11 days in Panama Itinerary

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11 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Panama City
ferry:  1​h
1
Contadora Island
— 1 day
ferry:  1​h
2
Panama City
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Volcan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
5
San Blas Islands
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Pedasi
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Panama City

1
day
Contadora Island

Contadora Island ©
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
On the 21st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cacique, and then kick back and relax at Playa Ejecutiva.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Contadora Island trip planner .

Panama City to Contadora Island is an approximately 1-hour ferry ride. In July, daytime highs in Contadora Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Panama City.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva
Playa Cacique ©
Playa Cacique
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga

5
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Let the collections at Weil Art Gallery and Galeria de arte Indigena capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bahai Temple and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. Go for a jaunt from Panama City to Colon to see Fort San Lorenzo about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and browse the different shops at AltaPlaza Mall.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City road trip planning site .

Getting from Contadora Island to Panama City by ferry takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Shopping Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fort San Lorenzo
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Bahai Temple ©
Bahai Temple
Iglesia de la Merced ©
Iglesia de la Merced
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo

2
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

Bocas Town ©
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
On the 27th (Sat), shop like a local with Up In The Hill, then examine the collection at Plastic Bottle Village, then see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and finally admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then stroll around Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Bocas Town day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Panama City in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bocas Town: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Volcan.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Museums Spas

Side Trips

Up In The Hill, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
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Up In The Hill ©
Up In The Hill
Plastic Bottle Village ©
Plastic Bottle Village

1
night
Volcan

Volcan ©
Volcán is a town and corregimiento in Tierras Altas District, Chiriquí Province, Panama. On the 29th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Raquel's Ark, then relax in the rural setting at Lagunas Adventures on The Janson Coffee Farm, then examine the collection at Sitio Barriles Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Cuesta de Piedra.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Volcan trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Bocas Town to Volcan takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Volcan

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Cuesta de Piedra
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Cuesta de Piedra ©
Cuesta de Piedra
Sitio Barriles Museum ©
Sitio Barriles Museum
Raquel's Ark ©
Raquel's Ark

1
night
San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stroll through Isla Perro.

Discover how to plan a San Blas Islands trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Volcan to San Blas Islands in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. July in San Blas Islands sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pedasi.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

1
night
Pedasi

Pedasi ©
Primarily a fishing village, Pedasi has become increasingly seen as a seaside playground for tourists from across the country and further afield.
On the 31st (Wed), look for gifts at Artemania and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Venao Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Pedasi trip maker app .

You can fly from San Blas Islands to Pedasi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pedasi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Venao Beach ©
Playa Venao Beach

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