Such extraordinary regional diversity within a country as small as Panama is a rare find, and means there’s plenty to do without the hassle of long journeys. Panama City’s Casco Antiguo (old historic quarter) is a UNESCO protected site with a fascinating maritime history, delectable food scene, and beautiful colonial architecture – the perfect starting point for a Panamanian adventure. From here, discover the world-famous Panama Canal; a marvellous feat of engineering and one of the most important inventions in the history of trade, which connected the Atlantic and Pacific oceans over a hundred years ago. It’s well worth a visit to watch how vast cruise ships pass through the Canal’s intricate lock systems.
For lush rainforest and mountain scenery, venture west to the highlands of Chiriqui, a nurturing landscape for wildlife where you’ll spot an abundance of birds and monkeys, and coffee plantations grow bountifully thanks to a lovely warm climate and the perfect altitude. Small lodges in Chiriqui provide peace and quiet in the heart of nature.