22 days in Panama Itinerary

22 days in Panama Itinerary

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22 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Panama City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Portobelo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Panama City
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
5
Isla Bastimentos
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
David
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Playa Las Lajas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
El Valle de Anton
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  50​h
End: Edmonton

2
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 21st (Fri), take a stroll through Casco Viejo, identify plant and animal life at Punta Culebra Nature Center, and then explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Panama City online travel planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Edmonton to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Edmonton in February: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Portobelo.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park
Punta Culebra Nature Center ©
Punta Culebra Nature Center

2
nights
Portobelo

The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
On the 22nd (Sat), stroll through Playa Blanca and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then appreciate the history behind Black Christ.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Portobelo online day trip planner .

You can drive from Panama City to Portobelo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Panama City.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Panama Canal as well as Panama La Vieja. Enjoy Panama City some more: wander the streets of Cinta Costera.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Panama City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Portobelo to Panama City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Starfish Beach and Boca del Drago. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin Bay Preserve. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, see the sky in a new way at Plastic Bottle Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and walk around Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town trip planner .

Getting from Panama City to Bocas Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Panama City in February, you will find days in Bocas Town are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Isla Bastimentos

Isla Bastimentos ©
Sitting fairly close to the mainland and just a short boat ride from Bocas del Toro International Airport, the well-connected but still preserved Isla Bastimentos offers access to a national park of protected rainforest and coastline, as well as an abundance of small, uninhabited islands dotted just offshore.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Polo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Frog Beach.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Isla Bastimentos travel route website .

Isla Bastimentos is very close to Bocas Town. In March, daytime highs in Isla Bastimentos are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll set off for David on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

1
night
David

A base for exploring the west of the country and further afield, David benefits from the Pan-American Highway going right through town, linking it to cities in the east of Panama, and Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Parque Cervantes.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the David tour website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Isla Bastimentos to David takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Isla Bastimentos in March: highs in David hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa Las Lajas.

Things to do in David

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Boquete
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Horseback Riding Tours
Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge ©
Catedral San Jose De David ©
Catedral San Jose De David

2
nights
Playa Las Lajas

Playa Las Lajas ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Las Lajas.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Las Lajas day trip planning app .

Getting from David to Playa Las Lajas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Playa Las Lajas are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You'll set off for El Valle de Anton on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Playa Las Lajas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Las Lajas ©
Playa Las Lajas

4
nights
El Valle de Anton

El Valle de Anton
Surrounded by lush forests and spectacular mountains, El Valle de Anton serves as the perfect spot to enjoy some of Panama's finest natural attractions.
On the 27th (Thu), steep yourself in history at La Piedra Pintada, look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Haven, and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Clara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at The Sleeping Indian Girl, admire the sheer force of El Chorro Macho, and then identify plant and animal life at Farallon Butterflies.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read El Valle de Anton trip builder tool .

Take a bus from Panama City to El Valle de Anton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Punta Chame.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Santa Clara, Farallon Butterflies
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Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
Playa Santa Clara ©
Playa Santa Clara
El Chorro Macho ©
El Chorro Macho