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.

With all this on offer, plus better and better facilities and real enthusiasm from Panamanians to show off the very best of their country, Panama is a fabulous choice for adventurous travellers.
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. Next to the city, the Panama Canal, the key to this success, 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, 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 the communities.

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.

Start planning your trip to Panama

Let us know what kind of trip to Panama you are most interested in, and when you are thinking of travelling. Our travel experts know Panama extremely well, and will be delighted to offer some initial ideas and advice, and to develop a more detailed design for your holiday as your ideas evolve. You can order our special brochure for Costa Rica, Panama & Nicaragua here.

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The Geodyssey Guide to Panama

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We had a superb tour. The itinerary was excellent - as we thought it would be - and the experiences were fantastic. All transfers and guides were excellent.