24 days in Panama & Guatemala Itinerary

24 days in Panama & Guatemala Itinerary

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24 days in Panama & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
San Blas Islands, Panama
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— 4 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Gualaca, Panama
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Pedasi, Panama
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
El Valle de Anton, Panama
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Contadora Island, Panama
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
8
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel


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1
day
San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Isla Perro.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Blas Islands sightseeing website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Blas Islands is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to San Blas Islands. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature Parks Beaches
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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

4
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bastimentos National Park and Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Tajada de Sandia. Go for a jaunt from Bocas Town to Bluff Beach to see Playa Bluff about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look and learn at Plastic Bottle Village, stroll around Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, and enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bocas Town travel route planning app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Blas Islands to Bocas Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from San Blas Islands in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bocas Town, with lows of 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Gualaca.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Isla Colon, Playa Bluff
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bastimentos National Park ©
Bastimentos National Park
Playa Bluff ©
Playa Bluff

4
nights
Gualaca, Panama

Gualaca ©
Gualaca is a corregimiento in Gualaca District, Chiriquí Province, Panama. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Volcan Baru National Park and Spas. Get outdoors at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete and Pipeline Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Boquete (Los Ladrillos, Eco Horqueta, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Los Cangilones de Gualaca.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gualaca vacation maker app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Bocas Town to Gualaca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bocas Town in October since evenings lows in Gualaca dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pedasi.

Things to do in Gualaca

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Boquete
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Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Spas

1
day
Pedasi, Panama

Pedasi ©
Primarily a fishing village, Pedasi has become increasingly seen as a seaside playground for tourists from across the country and further afield.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stop by Artemania and then kick back and relax at Playa Venao Beach.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pedasi trip planner.

You can drive from Gualaca to Pedasi in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Pedasi

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Venao Beach ©
Playa Venao Beach

2
nights
El Valle de Anton, Panama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden, identify plant and animal life at El Serpentario, and then don't miss a visit to The Sleeping Indian Girl. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Haven, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Clara.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the El Valle de Anton trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Pedasi to El Valle de Anton in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Panama City.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Clara
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Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
Playa Santa Clara ©
Playa Santa Clara
The Sleeping Indian Girl ©
The Sleeping Indian Girl

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional de Soberania and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Casco Viejo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and make a trip to Panama Canal.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Panama City tour planning tool .

You can take a bus from El Valle de Anton to Panama City in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Fishing Charters & Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Contadora Island, Panama

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 15th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Cacique, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ejecutiva.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Contadora Island trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Contadora Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Contadora Island

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

3
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Take a break from the city and head to Volcán Pacaya and Volcan de Agua. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Cathedral de Santiago. Change things up with a short trip to La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, delve into the distant past at Convento Santa Clara, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua holiday planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Contadora Island to Antigua. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Contadora Island to Antigua. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Contadora Island in October; daily highs in Antigua reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Volcan de Agua ©
Volcan de Agua

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