15 days in Panama Itinerary

15 days in Panama Itinerary

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15 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  15​h
1
Panama City
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Boquete
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Colon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Portobelo
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Contadora Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Lisbon

4
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 striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Panama City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Lisbon, Portugal to Panama City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Lisbon to Panama City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in October; daily highs in Panama City reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Los Ladrillos, then get outside with Finca Lerida Activities, and then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour. On the next day, 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 find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Boquete journey planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Boquete in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Boquete

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Coffee & Tea Tours
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at Plastic Bottle Village, then kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, and then kick back and relax at Starfish Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Discover how to plan a Bocas Town trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Boquete to Bocas Town by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Colon.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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
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 22nd (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Centre Canal Expansion, steep yourself in history at Fort San Lorenzo, and then don't miss a visit to Gatun Locks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Agua Clara Locks and then explore and take pictures at The Galeta Marine Laboratory.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colon online travel planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bocas Town to Colon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portobelo.

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
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.
On the 24th (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, then get to know the resident critters at Safarick's Zoologico - Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Portobelo trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Colon to Portobelo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Portobelo

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

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cacique, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de las Suecas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Contadora Island itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Portobelo to Contadora Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Contadora Island

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

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