43 days in Panama Itinerary

43 days in Panama Itinerary

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43 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Panama City
— 8 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
3
Isla Taboga
— 1 night
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Isla de Coiba
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Boquete
— 7 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 45​min
6
Isla Bastimentos
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
7
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
8
El Valle de Anton
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Colon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Portobelo
— 2 nights
11
San Blas Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Edmonton

8
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, explore the activities along Gatun Lake, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Panama City route 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Panama City is 2 hours. In January, Panama City is much warmer than Edmonton - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique, kick back and relax at Playa de las Suecas, and then stroll through Playa Larga. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ejecutiva.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Contadora Island holiday planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Isla Taboga.

Things to do in Contadora Island

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

1
night
Isla Taboga

Isla Taboga ©
Less than an hour's boat ride from the capital, Isla Taboga offers a picturesque retreat from the commercialism and bustle of Panama City.
On the 18th (Sat), make a trip to Iglesia de San Pedro and then head off the coast to Taboga Island Beaches.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Isla Taboga vacation planner.

You can ride a ferry from Contadora Island to Isla Taboga in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Isla de Coiba.

Things to do in Isla Taboga

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Taboga Island Beaches ©
Taboga Island Beaches
Iglesia de San Pedro ©
Iglesia de San Pedro

2
nights
Isla de Coiba

Isla de Coiba ©
On the 19th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla de Coiba trip tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Isla Taboga to Isla de Coiba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 20th (Mon), you're off toBoquete.

Things to do in Isla de Coiba

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Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba ©
Parque Nacional de Isla Coiba

7
nights
Boquete

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Go for a jaunt from Boquete to Cerro Punta to see Finca Dracula about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, trek along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail), head outdoors with Finca Lerida Activities, and admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Boquete trip planner .

Getting from Isla de Coiba to Boquete by bus takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bocas del Toro Province, Finca Dracula
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Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Boquete Bees ©
Boquete Bees

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Isla Bastimentos and then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Frog Beach.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Boquete to Isla Bastimentos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Isla Bastimentos, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

5
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.
When in Bocas Town, make a side trip to see Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Bay Preserve, kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, and stroll around Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town trip planning tool .

Bocas Town is very close to Isla Bastimentos. January in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Bluff, Up In The Hill, 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

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around El Valle de Anton: Farallon Butterflies (in Farallon), Penonome (Mariposario Cerro La Vieja & Playa Santa Clara) and Vista Mar Golf Beach & Marina (in San Carlos). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market, get outside with Leading Adventures, and admire the sheer force of El Chorro Macho.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the El Valle de Anton attractions planner.

Getting from Bocas Town to El Valle de Anton by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colon.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nata, Penonome, Farallon Butterflies, Vista Mar Golf Beach & Marina, Leading Adventures
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El Nispero Zoo and Botanical Garden ©
Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
El Chorro Macho ©
El Chorro Macho

5
nights
Colon

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.
Go for a jaunt from Colon to Gamboa to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Portobelo National Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Gatun Locks, enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Centre Canal Expansion, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and gain insight at The Galeta Marine Laboratory.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colon online trip maker .

You can drive from El Valle de Anton to Colon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Portobelo.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Barro Colorado Island, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then pause for some photo ops at Black Christ. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Portobelo trip tool .

Getting from Colon to Portobelo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Portobelo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
On the 15th (Sat), kick back and relax at Isla Perro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Isla Pelicano.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Blas Islands trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Portobelo to San Blas Islands in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in San Blas Islands

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Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

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