13 days in Panama Itinerary

13 days in Panama Itinerary

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13 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  21​h
1
Panama City
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Colon
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + shuttle + ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Contadora Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Tel Aviv

5
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, examine the collection at Biomuseo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Panama City is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Panama City, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Colon.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
nights
Colon

Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colon: Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Gatun Locks, contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo, and take in panoramic vistas at Observation Centre Canal Expansion.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colon trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Panama City to Colon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Colon

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Portobelo
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo

2
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Playa Bluff, then admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Plastic Bottle Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach, and then kick back and relax at Boca del Drago.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Bocas Town journey planner .

Getting from Colon to Bocas Town by combination of bus and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Bocas Town can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Bluff, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Suecas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Contadora Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Bocas Town to Contadora Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in October, plan for little chillier nights in Contadora Island, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga
Playa de las Suecas ©
Playa de las Suecas
Playa Cacique ©
Playa Cacique

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