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Reasons to Visit

The famous Panama Canal uses water from rivers, lakes and the dense pristine rainforest, to raise the waterlevel for ships to cross the locks.

Panama is a country so heavily defined by its canal, in itself a magnificent feat of engineering and ingenuity, that is easy to think there's little more to it than preposterously big shipping containers (and perhaps a global financial scandal). But Panama could just as easily be defined by the verdant virgin jungle that fringes the canal, its many unspoilt beaches lapped by crystal-clear waters or the colourful wildlife of the Soberania national park. The glistening skyscrapers of the capital city hide a historic and charming core, whilst the Interoceanic train takes you on a scenic jaunt through the heart of the country and boat trips whip you off to coral reefs and national parks, protected as biosphere reserves & World Heritage sites. No trip here would be complete without a ride along the world's most famous canal, but there's a lot more to be explored in a country full of surprises.

We invite you to browse our selection of Panama holidays below. These itineraries have been carefully planned by our destination specialists to optimise your time and provide a deeper perspective on Panama.

Specialist Knowledge

Need some help with your trip? Victoria Silva has travelled extensively across Panama and can help with his knowledge and expertise of the attractions and services available.

Canal

This incredible feat of engineering was one of the most important man-made contributions to the 20th century. Today is allows an insight in modern Panama, with a surprising abundance of exotic birds.

Rainforest & Wildlife

The Panama Canal is, rather surprisingly, home to one of the most accessible areas of jungle in Latin America, teeming with colourful birdlife.

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Where to Visit in Panama
Popular locations and hidden gems

Panama City

At first glance, Panama City is a modern metropolis of shiny skyscrapers and pristine perfectly ordered streets.

Panama Canal

The most surprising and picturesque part of the canal is Lago Gatún, an artificial lake which provides a home to an abundance…

Panama Canal Railway

This journey carries travellers the 48 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, parallel to the famous Panama Canal. Tr…

Soberania National Park

Colourful toucans, playful monkeys, lethargic sloths and rare woodpeckers might not be the first thing that comes to mind whe…

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