8 days in Panama Itinerary

8 days in Panama Itinerary

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8 days in Panama Itinerary

Reno
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Contadora Island
— Few hours
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  5​h
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
El Valle de Anton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Panama City
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Reno

few
hours
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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Contadora Island trip itinerary maker .

Reno, USA to Contadora Island is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Reno to Contadora Island. Traveling from Reno in May, expect nights in Contadora Island to be warmer, around 76°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Contadora Island

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Playa Ejecutiva ©
Playa Ejecutiva

3
days
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boca del Drago and Playa Bluff. Spend the 25th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bocas Town journey planner.

Getting from Contadora Island to Bocas Town by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Contadora Island, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Bocas Town, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to El Valle de Anton.

Things to do in Bocas Town

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at The Sleeping Indian Girl and then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Haven.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the El Valle de Anton trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bocas Town to El Valle de Anton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Bocas Town in May, plan for a bit warmer days in El Valle de Anton, with highs around 89°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Panama City.

Things to do in El Valle de Anton

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Butterfly Haven
Butterfly Haven
The Sleeping Indian Girl ©
The Sleeping Indian Girl

1
day
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Panama City trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from El Valle de Anton to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Panama City

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

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