Mostly known for its canal and investment culture, the small country of Panama is a superb destination! With more species of wildlife than any other country in the region, a beautiful coastline, waterfalls, coral reefs and a huge indigenous population, the tiny country has lots to offer.
A visit to the capital city and the canal is a must. Even before you land in Panama City´s airport you will have noticed the importance the canal has to the countries´ economy. In Central and South America it´s construction has made Panama into the unique country it is today. There are many ways to explore the canal, either crossing by boat, visiting the locks or take a train ride along.
The capital city itself has many faces, and on a day tour or layover tour, you can take a chronological ride through history important on the gold trade route during colonial times and nowadays in world trade. Visit the remnants of the old Panama, and learn about pirates and their cunning attacks. Stroll the streets of Casco Viejo, with its unique colonial architecture, imposing statues, fine restaurants, galleries, shops and quaint plazas.
Panama has a wealth of wildlife. Many species of birds, rodents and mammals can be found on trips without having to go deep into the jungle. Our specialist guides can make your trip both entertaining whether it is on a boat excursion or a nature hike.
Panama has a large diversity in the indigenous population. In the highlands near Boquete, the Caribbean coast at the archipelagos of Bocas del Toro or the islands of San Andres and the peninsula of Azueros many different cultures still maintain their ancient traditions.
Panama can be visited year round, depending on the activities you want to undertake. We have layover tours, short and longer itineraries throughout the country with the best guides to take you around.
In the cooler highlands of Panama nature and indigenous cultures meet in the Chiriquí region. This is where the best coffee is grown at the foothills of a huge active volcano. It is an excellent place to do adventurous activities, such as rafting, rock climbing, volcano hikes or canopy tours. Less intense activities can be organized, jeep tours, nature exploration hikes, visit coffee farms, horse rides, or thermal springs.
A stunning ride across the continental division takes you to the Atlantic, where hundreds of islands dot the Caribbean coastline with its fine coral reefs and mangrove forests. Take a trip to the islands to meet indigenous cultures, explore marine life, take a tour at the botanical gardens or Bastimentos Nature reserve.
Choose to combine Panama with another country like Costa Rica, or Cartagena in Colombia! Or visit it on its own.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Panama, for a beach holiday or to visit cities and nature reserves, runs from January to mid-April, and in particular the months of February and March. It’s hot almost everywhere, the sun shines and there is little rain, except in the north-west (province of Bocas del Toro) which as mentioned has an equatorial climate, with frequent rainfall throughout the year.
Climate of Panama
In Panama, the climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a dry season (January to April), and a rainy season (May to December).
The rains occur mostly in the form of heavy downpour or thunderstorm, usually in the afternoon or evening, but they can continue even in the early hours of the night.
The temperatures vary little throughout the year, however the coolest months, or rather the least hot, are usually October and November, at the end of the rainy season, although during this period the humidity makes the heat unpleasant. The hottest months are usually March and April, before the rainy season.
The north-west, has an equatorial climate, e.i. without a dry season with about 2,500 millimetres (98 inches) of rainfall annually.
It will rain less during September-October and February-March (100 to 150 mm (4 to 6 in) monthly), while the wettest months are July, September and December.
Typically the Caribbean coast receives more rain than the Pacific one, because the prevailing winds, especially in winter, are the north-east trade winds, which pick up moisture from the sea and then drop it on the mountain ranges that stretch along the interior of the country as a backbone, especially in the central-western region where they are higher.
Meet the indigenous of Embara
Cruise the Panama Canal
Explore the City Highlights
Hike a volcano in Chiriquí
A – Panama City
B – Colón
C – Portobelo
D – Boquete
E – David
F – Bocas del Toro
G – Azuero
G – Embera
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