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, superb food scene, and beautiful colonial architecture. From here, discover the world-famous Panama Canal; a marvellous feat of engineering which connected the Atlantic and Pacific oceans over a hundred years ago and still stands as one of the most important inventions in the history of trade.
For lush rainforest and mountain scenery, venture west to the highlands of Chiriqui, a nurturing landscape supporting an extreme abundance of wildlife. The warm climate, altitude and fertile volcanic soil that produces some of the best coffee and citrus fruits in the world, and the plantations are well worth a visit.
The Pacific Coast boasts endless white beaches and excellent surf, along with Humpback whale watching from July to October. The calmer Caribbean coast is a shimmering scene of crystal clear waters and tropical palm trees, with a handful of rustic-luxury retreats set in private bays. But the San Blas Islands are where you’re transported to paradise; an archipelago of mostly uninhabited sugar sand islands engulfed by pristine coral reefs. Explore by luxury yacht, stopping to swim and snorkel, or enjoy a private picnic on the warm Caribbean sands. Here you can also meet the indigenous Kuna Yala tribe a small but terribly proud, artisanal community.
To learn more about Panama’s folkloric traditions, the small villages of the Azuero Peninsula are worth passing through and we can arrange for you to visit workshops to see traditional the craftsmanship of papier mache devil’s masks, hand-made drums and intricately designed traditional Pollera dresses that can take up to a year to sew.