15 days in Panama Itinerary

15 days in Panama Itinerary

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15 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  21​h
1
Portobelo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Colon
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Boquete
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Panama City
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Portobelo route planning app .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Portobelo is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colon.

Things to do in Portobelo

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

2
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.
On the 12th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Centre Canal Expansion, then steep yourself in history at Fort San Lorenzo, and then make a trip to Gatun Locks. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Agua Clara Locks and then make a trip to Paseo Marino.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Colon sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Portobelo to Colon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites
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Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, then don't miss a visit to Playa Bluff, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Plastic Bottle Village, then stroll through Boca del Drago, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Starfish Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town visit planning website .

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. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Boquete.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Bluff, 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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): have fun at Boquete Buggies, get outside with Finca Lerida Activities, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Barbara Rabkin Art Studio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then trek along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail).

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Boquete journey planner .

Drive from Bocas Town to Boquete in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Coffee & Tea Tours
Spas

5
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. There's much more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boquete to Panama City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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