For a small country, Panama has a truly dazzling array of attractions: lush rainforest, a dynamic capital, evocative colonial ruins and blissful desert-island beaches, not to mention the world’s grandest canal. Whether you’re swimming with sharks off Isla Coiba or kicking back in the cocktail bars of Bocas, use our map of Panama to explore this exciting country.

Sample gourmet coffee in the scenic Chiriquí Highlands above David, Panama’s second city or live it up at one of the Azuero Peninsula’s fabulous festivals – you’ll find the festival calendar packed throughout the year. Panama’s coastline is stunning: hit the waves at surfing hotspot Santa Catalina or snorkel in the warm, clear seas of the Bocas del Toro. And of course, head to the depths of the Darién jungle and stay with an Emberà community to experience its wild, untamed beauty.

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Top 10 wild adventures in Panama

Top 10 wild adventures in Panama

Panama is famous for its canal (of course) and, increasingly, for its Old City. But there is much more to this Central American country than shipping and histor…

05 Mar 2019 • Kieran Meeke insert_drive_file Article
16 pictures that show the colours of Panama

16 pictures that show the colours of Panama

After a recent trip to Central America, travel photographer Nori Jemil shares some of her best pictures of Panama.  The geographically strategic isthmus of …

30 Dec 2015 • Nori Jemil insert_drive_file Article
10 things you didn't know you could do in Panama

10 things you didn't know you could do in Panama

There’s a whole lot more to Panama than its famous canal. Hiking, rafting, surfing and diving are just a few of the excellent adventure activities on offer, a…

08 Sep 2015 • Megan Eileen McDonough insert_drive_file Article
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