Welcome to Panama
Adjust your preconceptions. Panama has a new confidence and great deal to offer the traveller and wildlife enthusiast. Good beaches, strong tribal cultures, and real adventure add to a very varied mix.
Panama offers some of the most amazing experiences in Central America.
For us, Panama is close behind Costa Rica for wildlife and nature you can see easily on short holidays, with huge areas of real wilderness too.
Panama also offers strong tribal cultures, a vivid history that’s full of surprises, and beaches in variety.
With good facilities and real enthusiasm from Panamanians to show off the very best of their country, it is a pioneering destination with much to recommend it.
We think Panama is an excellent choice for an adventurous holiday.
A fully-guided private tailor-made tour, ideal for active people to discover the real Panama and its wildlife as well as the main sights...
Just a week in Panama
A week of touring in Panama that combines well with time at a beach, or with a visit to Costa Rica...
Self-drive in Panama
With reasonable roads and much to see, a self-drive holiday in western and central Panama makes good sense for the independent-minded traveller...
What Panama has to offer
Panama is a very exciting destination and we can’t wait to show you all it has to offer.
Nearly 30% of Panama’s land is protected in national parks, forest reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, which provide great opportunities to see the country’s great wealth of flora and fauna. Panama’s contorted shape and its location at the southernmost range of many North American species and the northernmost range of many South American species creates a melting pot rich in animal and plant life. There are around 950 species of birds (more than in North America and Europe combined), plus 220 mammals, 354 reptiles and amphibians, and more than 10,000 species of plants.
But it’s not only the nature that pulls you in. Panama has a fascinating history as a Spanish colony and transit route for the conquistadors’ riches from Peru, often plundered by pirates, with some evocative sites to visit. Panama City combines a colonial past with a brash modernity that springs from its new standing as Latin America’s leading trading centre.
The Panama Canal, which joins the Pacific next to Panama City, is the key to this success. The Canal is a truly amazing engineering achievement, and the trials and tribulations of building it make a remarkable story that lives long in the mind.
There are few countries where tribal communities of indigenous peoples survive with such fortitude, struggling against the odds to preserve thousand year old cultures and a future for their children. The largest, the Kuna people, have a degree of autonomy over their homelands, which include the beautiful islands of the Kuna Yala (San Blas) archipelago. They warmly welcome visitors for a taste of their paradise at delightful simple lodges purpose-built by their communities.
Islands and beaches
With 1500 islands and 1000 miles of Caribbean and Pacific coast it’s easy to find a white sand beach to get away from it all, or some great places for snorkelling, diving or surfing.
Walks and treks
Panama's mountains offer some excellent opportunities for walks in cool cloud forests. An especially evocative trek follows the old Spanish 'royal' road by which the treasures of Peru were brought across the mountains to be loaded on to ships bound for Spain.
We know of no other place on earth where you can party the night away in cool city club and be in the heart of primary rainforest at dawn listening to howler monkeys and spotting rare birds.
Choosing a holiday to Panama
Planning your Panama holiday
Our design service at your disposal when you are ready to take things further. Go here to check the best times to visit Panama, flight options, hotels, ways to travel within Panama, and more:
Types of Panama holiday
Panama offers a lot, and we offer a choice of several ways to experience it:
› Tailor-made holidays A holiday designed for your dates, style and budget, often with one of our example holiday ideas as a starting point.
› Family holidays Tailor-made holidays designed with all the family in mind.
› Honeymoons Special holidays designed to combine relaxation, romance, and memorable experiences in whatever style you are looking for.
Panama holiday ideas by theme
Touring & wildlife holidays
Central and western Panama is very good for a touring holiday with plenty to see and do - wildlife, colonial treasures, wonderful beaches, the Canal itself, and more...
Leg-stretching day walks and adventurous treks...
With a little confidence parts of Panama are great for a self-drive trip...
Panama's winding shape means long coastlines to both the Caribbean and the Pacific. Add to that all those islands and that's quite a choice...
Birds, birds, birds in great variety, moderate distances and comfortable lodges make Panama west of the canal area a target for any birdwatcher.
To unveil the Darién’s astonishingly rich birdlife takes care and intrepidness, but with great rewards...
Guide to Panama
Browse our short guide to Panama for inspiration and the practical information you need.
Order a Panama brochure
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Contact our Panama specialists
Geodyssey brings you an exclusive selection of thoughtfully designed holidays in amazing locations throughout our destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our holidays focus on what is natural, authentic, comfortable, stylish and affordable, and on what works best in each country. Our tailor-made holidays are individually designed by our experienced team on the basis of in-depth knowledge, a real enthusiasm for our destinations, and a desire to make sure we get it right for each and every customer. All our customers have 100% financial protection. All the land-based holidays on this website are exclusive to Geodyssey. Geodyssey is an independent company managed by its owners, based in London, founded in 1993.