15 days in Panama Itinerary

15 days in Panama Itinerary

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15 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Contadora Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + bus:  3​h
2
Colon
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Bocas Town
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Boquete
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Santa Catalina
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Pedasi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
El Valle de Anton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Panama City
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Toronto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga and then stroll through Playa Ejecutiva.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Contadora Island road trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Contadora Island is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto in March, expect Contadora Island to be much hotter, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Colon.

Things to do in Contadora Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Gatun Locks and then steep yourself in history at Fort San Lorenzo.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Colon trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Contadora Island to Colon by ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. March in Colon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to 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

2
nights
Bocas Town

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 30th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town online journey planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Colon to Bocas Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Bocas Town

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, Playa Bluff
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Volcan Baru National Park and The Zapadora. The adventure continues: trek along Pipeline Trail, catch all the local highlights with Cloud Forest Botanicals, and stop by Chox Artisan Chocolate.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Boquete vacation builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Boquete in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Bocas Town in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Boquete, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Catalina.

Things to do in Boquete

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Pipeline Trail ©
Pipeline Trail

1
night
Santa Catalina

Since Santa Catalina became known in the international surfing community in the 1970s, it has done well to maintain its identity as a tucked-away fishing village.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Catalina day trip planning site .

You can drive from Boquete to Santa Catalina in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Boquete to Santa Catalina is minus 1 hour. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pedasi.

Things to do in Santa Catalina

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Pedasi

Pedasi ©
Primarily a fishing village, Pedasi has become increasingly seen as a seaside playground for tourists from across the country and further afield.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Venao Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Pedasi holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Catalina to Pedasi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Pedasi

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Venao Beach ©
Playa Venao Beach

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.
On the 7th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Sleeping Indian Girl and then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Haven.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read El Valle de Anton trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pedasi to El Valle de Anton takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Pedasi to El Valle de Anton. In April, daily temperatures in El Valle de Anton can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Panama City.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
The Sleeping Indian Girl ©
The Sleeping Indian Girl

3
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get some historical perspective at Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Iglesia del Carmen. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Avenida Balboa and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Panama City holiday planner .

Drive from El Valle de Anton to Panama City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

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