9 days in Panama Itinerary

9 days in Panama Itinerary

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9 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Panama City
1
Panama City
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Colon
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Santa Fe
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
El Valle de Anton
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
End: Panama City

3
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kats Tours. Casco Viejo and Avenida Balboa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Panama La Vieja and Capilla San Jose will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, browse the different shops at Albrook Mall, and take a stroll through Cinta Costera.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Panama City trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Panama City. In July in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Colon.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Kats Tours ©
Kats Tours
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Centro de Observacion de la Ampliacion, don't miss a visit to Gatun Locks, and then contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colon trip website .

Traveling by bus from Panama City to Colon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Centro de Observacion de la Ampliacion
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Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Centro de Observacion de la Ampliacion ©

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.
On the 29th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Bay Preserve and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Plastic Bottle Village, kick back and relax at Starfish Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bocas Town road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Colon to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Dolphin Bay Preserve ©
Dolphin Bay Preserve

1
day
Santa Fe

Santa Fe
Santa Fe is the name of the capital of the Santa Fe District in the province of Veraguas in Panama. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Bermejo Waterfalls and then relax in the rural setting at Chon y Maria Organic Farm.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Fe journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bocas Town to Santa Fe takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Nature Parks
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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Aprovaca (The Orchid Nursery & Conservation Center), then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Haven, then contemplate the long history of La Piedra Pintada, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at El Chorro Macho.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our El Valle de Anton online vacation planner .

Getting from Santa Fe to El Valle de Anton by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catcht the bus back home.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
El Chorro Macho ©
El Chorro Macho

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