Western Panama

Relaxed travelling in pleasant and varied scenery with lots to see.

Travelling westwards from the Canal on the Panamerican Highway you are in a very varied Panama, with low hills and high mountains to explore, beaches to laze on, and towns and villages that make their livelihood mostly from farming. Its a lovely area for touring and exploring.

David and the Chiriquí Highlands

Eventually the highway reaches the city of David below the Chiriquí Highlands-some of Panama's greatest scenic pleasures with coffee plantations, fields filled with orange trees or dotted with dairy herds, and misty cloud forests with tumbling mountain streams.

Volcán Barú

In these highlands, the towering Volcán Barú, the highest point in Panama at 3475m, offers spectacular views of both the Pacific and Atlantic on clear days. To the east, amid the greenery, the picturesque town of Boquete has an alpine feel harking back to its European heritage. A handful of charming lodges make this a good base for exploring the area, which has some great walking and birdwatching trails. It is one of the most reliable places in the country to see the Resplendent Quetzal.

La Amistad International Park

Straddling the border with Costa Rica, La Amistad International Park boasts an extraordinary level of biodiversity and a wildlife population that includes black-handed spider monkeys, tapir and five species of cat.

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Holiday designs that visit this region

'Panama Odyssey'

Panama - Touring and wildlife

This private tour is ideal for active people who would like to discover something of the real Panama and its wildlife as well as seeing the main sights.

13 nights from £3690

'Along the Caribbean'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

A wonderful tour visiting the highlights of the Caribbean coast- the flooded forest of Tortuguero, Cahuita National Park, jungle backed beaches and the Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama.

17 nights from £3395

'Just a Week in Panama'

Panama - Touring and wildlife

A week of touring in Panama that combines well with time at a beach, or with a visit to Costa Rica.

7 nights from £1955

'Selfdrive Panama'

Panama - Selfdrive touring

With reasonable roads and much to see along the way, a self-drive holiday in western and central Panama makes good sense for the independent-minded traveller.

14 nights from £2475

'Panama Adventures'

Panama - Walking and active

Step beyond the ordinary with up-for-it experiences face-to-face with nature in jungles, mountains and coral islands.

12 nights from £3495

'Panama Chill-out'

Panama - Beach and relaxation

Beautiful locations make this a memorable getaway, an unusual honeymoon, or a chilled-out break from busy lives.

11 nights from £3140

'The Birds of Panama'

Panama - Birdwatching

This is probably the very best two-week birdwatching itinerary for Panama in terms of covering key birdwatching sites, building a long list including spectaculars and endemics.

14 nights from £4985

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