Panama

Occupying the last section of the Central American isthmus before South America, Panama benefits from considerable species overlap resulting in impressive biodiversity.

Although best known for the Canal, Panama possesses an astonishing array of natural, historical and cultural riches: extensive Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, exuberant coral reefs, castaway islands and deserted beaches, semi-autonomous Amerindian tribes, Spanish colonial architecture and rainforests teeming with a wealth of flora and fauna such as cannot be seen anywhere else in Central America.

Panama’s volcanic mountains, coastal plains, virgin rainforests, cloud forests and dry tropical forests are home to myriad plant species, including some 1200 native orchids and an enviable amount of wildlife. A birdwatcher’s paradise, Panama boasts around 1000 species including harpy eagle, resplendent quetzal, five macaw species and 52 hummingbirds. Its fauna includes bush dog, jaguar, puma, two- and three-toed sloth, 350 species of bat, five species of monkey, and specific island-endemic poison dart frogs – pure evolution in action.

In short, Panama has it all – a promised land of exceptional cultural and natural history, additionally benefiting from a small number of visitors.

Panama Wildlife Holiday Ideas

# Group Tour

Panama At Its Very Best

Panama
10 Days from £3253
Encompasses all of the diverse natural history elements which make Panama so spe...
# Wildlife Cruise

Panama: Journey between the seas

Panama
7 Days from £3295
An intimate exploration of the Panama Canal, the Darien jungle, the Pearl Island...
# Family Holiday

A Gentle Family Journey Through Beautiful Panama

Panama
12 Days from £3392
A marvellously varied itinerary for families of all ages...
# Tailor-Made Tour

The Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica and Panama

Costa Rica
Panama
15 Days from £5593
Venture overland from Costa Rica to Panama visiting the best wildlife lodges...
# Tailor-Made Tour

The Wonderful Wildlife Highlights Of Panama

Panama
13 Days from £5490
A perfect itinerary for nature lovers wishing to experience the natural wonders ...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Panama’s Fabulous Forests and Coral Reefs

Panama
12 Days from £2868
Experience three of Panama’s habitat highlights on this excellent value tailor...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Romantic Panama In Considerable Comfort and Style

Panama
12 Days from £3870
Explore the wildlife of the Panama Canal Zone’s lush rainforests and visits bo...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Wild Panama Off The Beaten Track

Panama
13 Days from £3180
An actively adventurous tour designed for intrepid travellers eager to experienc...

Featured Accommodation

Discovery Catamaran

Panama
The Discovery is a comfortable live aboard catamaran with spacious cabins and co...

El Otro Lado

Panama
El Otro Lado is a romantic small boutique retreat set in lush tropical forest on...

Las Clementinas

Panama
Canal Zone
Boutique hotel located on the northern edge of Panama City’s historic UNESCO W...

Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge

Panama
Bocas del Toro Region
Set in 200 acres of tropical rainforest and mangroves within the Bocas del Toro ...

Hotel Finca Lerida

Panama
Chiriqui Highlands Region
Set on the foothills of the Baru Volcano in western Panama...

Canopy Tower

Panama
Canal Zone
A birdwatcher’s idyll, the tower resides in semi-deciduous rainforest in the h...

Destination Map

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Panama: 8.664117, -80.068359

Best Time To Visit Panama

Panama lies below the hurricane belt and has not experienced appreciable volcanic activity since Baru erupted over 600 years ago. The tropical climate is divided between the wetter ‘winter’ season (mid-April to December) and the drier ‘summer’ (mid-December to mid-April), although generally it is wetter on the Caribbean side. Temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the year, averaging 80F/27C in the humid lowlands, but becoming increasingly cooler and less humid as one gains altitude.

Travel Info

Flight Time
14 Hours plus stops

Time Zone
GMT -5

Best visited
December to April

Language Spoken
Spanish

Population
3.57 million

Area Specialist

John Melton
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If you have any questions regarding travel to Panama please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Panama was a fascinating and extraordinary country. The pleasing thing was to see its immense areas of rainforest, i.e the Darien. An amazing place. We encountered many different Panamanians and what came across to us was their pride in their country. This holiday was amazing, all the things we like doing and seeing and more. Thank you so much for all your hard work in making this a holiday to remember and savour long after our return, and at such short notice!

Mrs K T - Hertfordshire