Stride climate

Panama - Best Tours & Trips 2019

151 trips to Panama tours from 65 tour companies. 736 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Panama is best known for the engineering marvel the Panama Canal, which connects the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean and revolutionized global sea trade in the 20th century, but is also a top-flight jungle adventure destination, replete with eco-lodges, indigenous tribes, and mountain scenery. Panama City, its modern capital, sits near the Canal which can be toured by small ships as well as large cruise ships. This narrow isthm ... Read More
All Panama tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages.
Tours and operators on Stride Awarded and Featured by: Tours and operators on Stride Awarded and Featured by:

Filter to find perfect

DEPARTURE DATES

 
Search trip start dates

Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Itinerary Focus

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Price From*

$ 208 $ 10,000+

Price Per Day

Trip Length

Countries

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

Travel Theme

Travelers Age

Stride Select Save! Stride Select Get Member Savings Sign up to become a member to get access to Member Savings trips. These trips are discounted beyond the tour operator’s best price. Membership is free and only requires your email.

Rivers & Seas

Cities & Attractions

Activities

Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

Company

Flights & Transport

Continents & Regions

Stride Gives Back Stride Gives Back This trip visits a destination impacted by climate change. When you opt in to the Stride Gives Back program, we will donate 10% of our net revenue to organizations that help mitigate climate change in these destinations and across the globe. Learn more

Impacted by Climate Change

No filters applied

Mount Totumas Cloud Forest

Project Expedition
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4 days
$ 364 / day
$ 1,455
From : $ 2,037
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a Guided hike in the jungle of Panama
  • Visit Baru Volcano National Park
  • Discover the wildlife of mount Totumas
Visits:
Boquete, La Amistad National Park, Panama
View Trip

Volcano Adventure & Panama Highlights

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
28 days
$ 139 / day
$ 3,899
From : $ 5,264
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Hike through the mist of a cloud forest
  • Explore the mayan ruins of copán
  • Chill on the beaches of caribbean islands
  • Take in the crisp air of the lush green highlands in boquete
  • Explore the panama canal
Visits:
Antigua, Boquete, Caribbean, Panama City, San José, Granada, Ometepe, Bocas Del Toro, Lake Nicaragua, Split, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua
View Trip

Costa Rica & Panama Discovery

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 75 / day
$ 1,170
From : $ 1,365
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Who hasn't dreamt of snorkelling, sun-baking and cocktail-sipping in the Caribbean? Enjoy plenty of time to do just this in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, as well as seeing sloths, racoons and monkeys in nearby Cahulta National Park
  • Dial the relaxation up a notch in Bocas del Toro, Panama, spending several nights on nearby Isla Bastimentos. There may be no roads or cars here, but there are plenty of mangroves, turtles and white sandy beaches
  • Waterfalls, wildflowers, hot springs and mountains - beautiful Boquete has it all. Tour a coffee plantation, ride a bike along a river or take a relaxing walk through the forest, keeping an eye out for tricksy monkeys and tropical birds
  • Get off the beaten track and ride the waves in surfy Santa Catalina. If you'd prefer to stay dry, there's a beachside hammock with your name on it
  • Explore the eclectic streets of Panama City and admire the engineering masterpiece of the Panama Canal
Visits:
Boquete, Caribbean, Central America, Panama City, Colon, Costa Rica, Panama
View Trip

Discover Panama: The Land Between the Seas

Collette
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 241 / day
$ 2,169
From : $ 2,545
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Sample fresh Panamanian ceviche at the Mercado de Mariscos.
  • Taste the sweet sugarcane juice called "guarapa" at a sugar mill.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner featuring a folklore and dance show.
  • Join your guide for a nature walk through the jungle forest.
  • Discover the various arts of creating Panamanian hats, masks and dresses.
  • Peruse a local handicraft market filled with crafts made by indigenous artisans.
  • Enjoy three nights in a river view room — with a balcony and hammock!
  • Travel by dugout canoe to an Emberá village to learn about indigenous culture.
  • Traverse the Panama Canal through two locks aboard the Pacific Queen.
Visits:
Panama City, Panama
View Trip

Discover Costa Rica & Panama

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 280 / day
$ 4,279
From : $ 5,669
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Navigate the waterways of Costa Rica's Tortuguero N.P.
  • Pacific beaches and the idyllic Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro
  • Discover the Panama Canal, see the colossal Miraflores Locks in action
Visits:
Caribbean, Panama City, Granada, Costa Rica, Panama
View Trip

Cruising Costa Rica and Panama - Panama to Costa Rica

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 380 / day
$ 3,040
From : $ 4,104
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • This trip includes an optional adventure in dugout canoes, paddling up the mogue river to spend time with embera indians. not something you find on a traditional itinerary.
  • While bigger cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we’ll drop anchor in the middle of port towns like quepos, puerto jiminez and punta patino. you can hop on or off the boat as you please.
  • This is the adventure cruise for nature lovers. crocodiles, turtles, coiba aguit, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, kingfishers – you’ll have the chance to see them all in their natural habitat. there’s also an on-board naturalist with you for the entire journey.
  • The pacific waters off the coast of panama are some of the most beautiful you’ll see anywhere. we’ll be swimming off the back of the boat and exploring the shore via zodiac boats.
Visits:
Central America, Panama City, Costa Rica, Panama
View Trip

Cultural Tour - Meet the Locals

Evaneos
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 290 / day
$ 2,836
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Panama
View Trip

Panama Canal Cruise, Rainforests & Beaches

8 days
$ 149 / day
$ 1,295
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Cruise the Panama Canal
  • Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center
  • See the lush jungle watershed region of the Panama Canal. 
  • Cruise on the Chagres River to visit an Embera Indian village
  • Visit a Kuna Indian marketplace
  • Enjoy a  boat ride on Gatun Lake
Visits:
Colon, Gamboa Rainforest, Las Vegas, Miami, Panama City, Panama
View Trip

Panama - Budget Darien Extension 2020

7 days
$ 336 / day
$ 2,350
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Sapayoa
  • Rufous-winged Tanager
  • Sapphire-throated Hummingbird
  • Harpy Eagle
  • Crested Eagle
  • Red-throated Caracara
  • Bare-crowned and Dull-mantled Antbirds
  • Black Antshrike
  • Black Oropendola
  • Double-banded Greytail
  • Spectacled Parrotlet
  • Grey-cheeked Nunlet
  • Spot-breasted Woodpecker
  • Beautiful Treerunner
  • Yellow-hooded Blackbird
  • Blue Cotinga
  • Northern Royal Flycatcher
  • Black-tailed Trogon
  • Golden-headed and Golden-collared Manakins
  • White-fronted Nunbird
  • Yellow-breasted Flycatcher
  • Little and Dwarf Cuckoo
  • Slaty-backed Forest Falcon
  • Ornate Hawk-Eagle
  • Black-and-white
  • Mottled and Crested Owls
Visits:
Panama
View Trip

Panama - Chiriquí Extension 2020

6 days
$ 475 / day
$ 2,850
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Resplendent Quetzal
  • Wrenthrush
  • Flame-throated & Black-cheeked Warblers
  • Yellow-thighed & Large-footed Finches
  • Turquoise Cotinga
  • Three-wattled Bellbird
  • Black-and-yellow Phainoptila
  • Silvery-fronted Tapaculo
  • Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher
  • Collared Whitestart
  • Prong-billed Barbet
  • Sooty-capped Bush Tanager
  • Black Guan
  • Red-fronted Parrotlet
  • Bare-necked Umbrellabird
  • Chiriqui Yellowthroat
  • Chiriqui Quail-Dove
  • Fiery-billed Aracari
  • Orange-collared Manakin
  • Cherrie’s
  • Blue-and-gold
  • Spangle-cheeked & Emerald Tanagers
  • Slaty Flowerpiercer
  • American Dipper
  • Lattice-tailed Trogon
  • Brown-billed Scythebill
  • Dull-mantled Antbird
  • Rufous-rumped Antwren
  • Rufous-browed Tyrannulet
  • Golden-bellied Flycatcher
  • Black-and-white Becard
  • Azure-hooded Jay
  • Sooty-faced Finch
  • Blue-throated Toucanet
  • Spot-crowned Woodcreeper
  • Dark Pewee
  • Ochraceous Wren
  • Black-faced Solitaire
  • Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush
  • Mountain Thrush
  • Golden-browed Chlorophonia. Hummingbird fans: Snowcap (rare)
  • Scintillant
  • Volcano
  • Snowy-bellied
  • Stripe-tailed
  • Black-bellied & Admirable Hummingbirds
  • White-throated Mountaingem
  • Green Hermit
  • Violet Sabrewing
  • Green Violetear and Green-crowned Brilliant.
Visits:
Panama
View Trip

Panama - Budget Birding 2020

11 days
$ 295 / day
$ 3,250
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Panamanian Tyrannulet
  • Veraguan Mango
  • Stripe-cheeked Woodpecker
  • Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo
  • Blue Cotinga
  • Rosy Thrush-Tanager
  • Great & Little Tinamous
  • Keel-billed and Chestnut-mandibled Toucans
  • Collared Aracari
  • Yellow-eared Toucanet
  • Purple-throated Fruitcrow
  • Spot-crowned Barbet
  • Black-eared Wood Quail
  • Fasciated
  • Russet & Black-crowned Antshrikes
  • Red-capped
  • White-ruffed
  • Lance-tailed
  • Blue-crowned & Golden-collared Manakins
  • Broad-billed and Rufous Motmots
  • White-whiskered & White-necked Puffbird
  • Spotted
  • Dusky
  • Bicolored
  • Ocellated & White-bellied Antbird
  • Black-faced Antthrush
  • Dot-winged
  • White-flanked
  • Slaty
  • Moustached & Checker-throated Antwrens
  • Red-lored & Northern Mealy Amazons
  • Blue-headed & Brown-hooded Parrots
  • Slaty-tailed
  • White-tailed Trogon
  • Black-bellied Wren
  • White-breasted Wood Wren
  • Crimson-crested and Lineated Woodpeckers
  • Scaled
  • Black-crowned and Streak-chested Antpittas
  • Bay-headed
  • Speckled and Black-and-yellow Tanagers
  • Green Shrike-Vireo
  • Black-chested Jay
  • Yellow-rumped Cacique
  • Southern Bentbill
  • White-winged Becard
  • Northern & Russet-winged Schiffornis
  • Northern Barred Woodcreeper
  • Speckled Mourner
  • Spot-crowned Antvireo
  • Black-and-white & Ornate  Hawk-Eagles
  • Crested Owl
  • Barred Forest Falcon
  • Scarlet-thighed Dacnis
  • Spotted Barbtail
  • Black Guan
  • White Hawk
  • Red-faced Spinetail
  • Ochraceous Wren
  • White-vented Euphonia. Hummingbird fans: Rufous-crested Coquette
  • White-tipped Sicklebill
  • Band-tailed Barbthroat
  • Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer
  • Green Thorntail
  • Violet-capped
  • Violet-headed & Snowy-bellied Hummingbirds
  • Green Hermit
  • White-tailed Emerald
  • Green-crowned Brilliant
  • Purple-throated Mountaingem
  • Snowcap.
Visits:
Panama
View Trip

Panama - Darien Extension 2020

6 days
$ 408 / day
$ 2,450
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Sapayoa
  • Rufous-winged Tanager
  • Sapphire-throated Hummingbird
  • Harpy Eagle
  • Crested Eagle
  • Red-throated Caracara
  • Bare-crowned and Dull-mantled Antbirds
  • Black Antshrike
  • Black Oropendola
  • Double-banded Greytail
  • Spectacled Parrotlet
  • Grey-cheeked Nunlet
  • Spot-breasted Woodpecker
  • Beautiful Treerunner
  • Yellow-hooded Blackbird
  • Blue Cotinga
  • Northern Royal Flycatcher
  • Black-tailed Trogon
  • Golden-headed and Golden-collared Manakins
  • White-fronted Nunbird
  • Yellow-breasted Flycatcher
  • Little and Dwarf Cuckoo
  • Slaty-backed Forest Falcon
  • Ornate Hawk-Eagle
  • Black-and-white
  • Mottled and Crested Owls
Visits:
Panama
View Trip

Journey along the Spine of the Americas

163 days
$ 85 / day
$ 13,920
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Trek the famous W-Walk in Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Watch Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
  • Explore scenic Banff National Park and Lake Louise
  • 3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle
  • Hike and explore the forest and hills of Jasper National Park
  • Try your luck in glitzy Las Vegas
  • Overnight and explore Lake Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe
  • Visit Antelope Canyon near Page
  • Visit Kenai Fjords National Park and see the massive Exit Glacier
  • Boat trip and night out in the wilds of the Alaskan Wilderness
Visits:
Aguas Calientes, Amazon Rainforest, Anchorage, Antigua, Arches National Park, Arenal Volcano, Arequipa, Banff National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Calgary, Canyonlands National Park, Cartagena, Caye Caulker, Chichen Itza, Chichicastenango, Copan, Cusco, Denali, Denali National Park, Glacier National Park, Granada, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Inca Trail, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, La Paz, Lake Atitlan, Lake Louise, Lake Nicaragua, Lake Powell, Las Vegas, Leon, Lima, Livingstone, Machu Picchu, Manuel Antonio National Park, Mayan ruins of Copan, Medellin , Mexico City, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monument Valley, Nazca, Ollantaytambo, Panama City, Quito, Roatan, Sacred Valley, San Cristobal, San Francisco, San Ignacio, Santa Cruz Island, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States
View Trip

Central America & Northern Andes

66 days
$ 88 / day
$ 5,775
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • 3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Antigua
  • Overnight and explore Lake Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe
  • Go white water rafting, canyoning or trekking in Banos
  • Trek up Santa Ana volcano in Cerro Verde National Park
  • 3 nights on the Caribbean island of Roatan to swim and relax
  • Explore Masaya National Park and its dramatic volcano crater rim
  • 2 nights in La Fortuna with optional excursions to the mighty Arenal volcano
  • Visit the equator monument en-route to Quito
  • Try horse back riding or mountain biking around the stunning landscape
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Antigua, Boquete, Cartagena, Copan, Cuenca, Granada, Leon, Lima, Manuel Antonio National Park, Medellin , Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Ometepe, Otavalo, Panama City, Quito, Roatan, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru
View Trip
Ultimate Pan American Overland
Group Tour
Stride climate
This trip visits a destination that is affected by climate change

Ultimate Pan American Overland

211 days
$ 81 / day
$ 17,190
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Trek the famous W-Walk in Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Watch Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
  • Explore scenic Banff National Park and Lake Louise
  • 3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle
  • Hike and explore the forest and hills of Jasper National Park
  • Try your luck in glitzy Las Vegas
  • Overnight and explore Lake Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe
  • Visit Antelope Canyon near Page
  • Visit Kenai Fjords National Park and see the massive Exit Glacier
  • Boat trip and night out in the wilds of the Alaskan Wilderness
Visits:
Alaska, Amazon Rainforest, Anchorage, Antigua, Arches National Park, Arenal Volcano, Arequipa, Atacama Desert, Banff National Park, Bariloche, Boquete, Bryce Canyon National Park, Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Canyonlands National Park, Cape Town, Cartagena, Caye Caulker, Chichen Itza, Chichicastenango, Copacabana, Copan, Córdoba, Cuenca, Denali, Denali National Park, El Calafate, Glacier National Park, Granada, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Inca Trail, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, La Paz, Lake Atitlan, Lake Nicaragua, Lake Titicaca, Las Vegas, Leon, Lima, Livingstone, Los Glaciares National Park, Machu Picchu, Manuel Antonio National Park, Mayan ruins of Copan, Medellin , Mendoza, Moab, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monument Valley, Nazca, Ollantaytambo, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States
View Trip
1- 15 of 151 Trips Shown First 1 2 3 4 5 Last
X
Unlock Member Savings

In order to see Stride Select deals you must sign in. We’ve negotiated with many of the world’s best travel companies to save you money! Get the best experiences, save up to $700 per person, and be a hero to your travel companions!

or
or
Provide email and Password

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Already a member?

With FREE membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
See member program details

Top Panama Experiences and Attractions

Top Panama Experiences

Strolling the white sand beaches of remote San Blas

Hiking through the Darien Gap forest - a destination for true adventurers

Reaching the summit of  Barú Volcano, and taking in the view of both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans - one of the only places in the world where this is possible!

Learning about the indigenous Emberá people, and visiting a local village

Crossing the historic Panama Canal

Visiting the incredible underwater Marine Park of Isla Coiba, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site

view more

Panama Trip Reviews

736 Panama Tour Reviews - Summary 97% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 593
Great 106
Average 19
Disappointing 11
Terrible 7
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

Tour Reviews Write a Review

Cultural and Wildlife experiences.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Educational. Exhilarating. Demanding. Cultural and Wildlife experiences. Friendships. Amusing.

Read more
Operator Dragoman

Our trip through in Central America was great

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our trip through in Central America was great, fun, interesting and allowed a lot of learning about the different countries. Tony and Louise were always kind. Both are excellent drivers! They were very competent in all the support during the trip.

Read more
Operator Dragoman

I enjoyed it all.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I enjoyed it all. Central America is amazing!

Read more
Operator Dragoman

Thoroughly enjoyed

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Thoroughly enjoyed my 11 weeks on the road through Central America and Colombia.

Read more
Operator Dragoman

Enjoyed the culture of the old Mayan ruins

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Every country was an adventure. Enjoyed the culture of the old Mayan ruins as well as the biodiversity of Costa Rica and Colombia. Highlights were snorkeling in Caye Caulker, seeing the native frogs in Costa Rica, sleeping in hammocks and standing on the equator line in Ecuador.

Read more
Operator Dragoman

Incredibly enjoyable trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Incredibly enjoyable trip saw amazing sites and national parks and crew were absolutely brilliant.

Read more
Operator Dragoman

Panama Tours and Travel Guide

Panama Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Panama is best known for the engineering marvel the Panama Canal, which connects the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean and revolutionized global sea trade in the 20th century, but is also a top-flight jungle adventure destination, replete with eco-lodges, indigenous tribes, and mountain scenery.

Panama City, its modern capital, sits near the Canal, currently undergoing widening but which can still be toured by small ships as well as large cruise ships. This narrow isthmus between Central and South America is one of the "don't miss" countries in all of Latin America.

The Significance of the Panama Canal

One of the biggest draws for travelers to Panama, is the opportunity to visit and travel through the Panama Canal. Even though you may have most likely heard of this famous site, do you know why it is such an important landmark?

Construction for the Panama Canal began as early as the 1880s, by France, but wasn’t completed for several decades due to various engineering problems and different countries involvement with the ambitious project. Even though the construction experienced several setbacks, the perseverance to complete it speaks to its importance - no one could argue that the Panama Canal wouldn’t make a hugely positive impact for trade relations, economy, and tourism.

In 1914 the project was completed. Ownership switched hands a few times (to everyone but the Panama government) but today, Panama has control of the Panama Canal territory, and they’ve maintained it since 1999.

Why is the Panama Canal so Important?

The Panama Canal allowed for far quicker transportation between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This may not seem like a big deal, however consider this: in the mid 1800s industry was booming, life was starting to move a lot faster, and the world was getting increasingly smaller. There was a Gold Rush in California and technological inventions and innovation were heating up. A desire to get places quickly was a growing concern for businessmen and travelers heading out west from the east coast United States.

However the railway and ocean travel still dominated transportation for the vast majority of the middle and upper class. A journey from New York to San Francisco had three options: cross country, around the horn of South America - a 6 month journey, or take a ship to Panama’s east coast and hike through extremely dangerous jungle to the other coast on the Pacific side, catching a boat from there.

So for those traveling by sea, there was a great need to cut the journey down by opening up the Panama Canal. Construction seemed an insurmountable task given the factors of Panama’s environment, wildlife, and local inhabitants. But through great odds it was completed, effectively changing history.

Visiting the Panama Canal

Today, the Panama Canal is still very much in use for commercial travel, cruises, and industrial transportation. Most tours to Panama include a visit to learn about the canals incredible place in history, and visit the extensive museum which dramatically depicts every detail of the planning, construction, and operation of the Canal.

Visitors jam decks outside of the four-story Visitor Center which overlooks the Mirafloris Locks to watch ships of all sizes pass by, and wander through the outstanding museum inside. Those who wish to experience the Canal and locks first-hand may board a tourist boat which traverses part of the route.

Vibrant Panama City

A frenzied period of building and development that began in the early 2000s, based upon Panama City’s role as a center of international banking and trade, has transformed it into an architectural showcase. The skyline of skyscrapers echoes that of Miami, Las Vegas and other high-rise urban centers, and gilds the lily with touches of color and design unique to its setting.  

Shimmering towers standing shoulder to shoulder vie for attention and transform the scene into a never-never land of steel and glass in a myriad of shapes and colors. At the same time, Panama City is home to inviting reminders of its Colonial past. Panama Viejo (Old Panama) is an important archaeological site where the first Spanish city on the Pacific coast of the Americas was founded in 1519.

It was from this location that expeditions embarked which conquered the powerful Inca Empire, and through it that most of the gold and silver passed which Spain took from the New World.

The Welsh privateer Henry Morgan sacked the city in 1671 and its sprawling ruins provide only a hint of its once important past. They include remnants of a soaring cathedral, churches, convents and stately homes built by some of the wealthiest citizens.

Following the destruction of Panama Viejo, a new walled city was constructed nearby. Casco Viejo encompasses about 800 buildings in a mixture of architectural styles that echoes the cultural diversity which evolved over time. In recent years the ancient site of cobblestone streets has turned into a chic neighborhood where boutique hotels and trendy bars contrast with crumbled remnants of the original setting.

Visitors who venture outside of the country’s capital find other, smaller cities, each with its own unique attractions. Colon is Panama’s major port city, La Palma is surrounded by undisturbed nature, and both Santiago and Portobelo are treasure troves of colonial architecture.

What Else is There to do in Panama?

While the Panama canal is a top attraction for travelers to Panama, there is actually a lot more to see and do in Panama besides visiting the famous site.

Panama may be small, but it’s jam packed with beautiful beaches, wildlife reserves and national parks, welcoming local villages, and some of Central America’s best cities to explore. Everyone from adventure travel enthusiasts to history lovers will find a wealth of activities awaiting them in Panama.

1. Snorkeling & Beaches

Pretty much anywhere along the coasts of Central America is an ideal location for snorkeling. Panama’s beaches are pristine and experience less crowds year round, giving travelers space to relax and dive under the waves to their heart’s content. One of the best locations for snorkeling is the remote San Blas region. Be sure to plan a full day to get there and back, but the journey to get there is worth it.

While large waves and strong riptides can make swimming in the Pacific challenging, sun bathers find stretches of sea shore there which are conducive to relaxing and working on their tan. One favorite, the long stretch of sand at Farallon, can get crowded on weekends and holidays, but is much less so at other times.

Many of the most inviting beaches in the country, and indeed some of the most beautiful in the Americas, rim the San Blas Islands in the northeastern Kuna Yala district. More than 350 islands off the Caribbean coastline offer sugar white sand fronting clear turquoise water.

2. Explore Colonial Era Towns

Spanish colonial history and architecture is everywhere in Central America and Panama is no exception. One of the best areas for exploring is Casco Viejo, the historic district of Panama City, but you can also venture farther afield and visit Nata de los Caballeros, home to one of the oldest churches in the Americas, dating back to 1522.

3. Take a Nature Walk

Panama may seems to be mostly industrial from the dominance of the Panama Canal when it comes to tourism. However the country is home to incredibly bio-diverse wildlife and nature.

Panama’s protected areas and national parks may not be as polished as some more well known heavy hitters in eco-travel, but that’s exactly their charm. Be sure to hike with a guide who can point out various species - if you’re lucky enough you may glimpse a famous Panama jaguar and a sloth or two.

4. Learn About the Native Culture

Another reason to spend time on the San Blas Islands is an introduction to the life of the Kuna, one of seven distinct indigenous groups that comprise about 12 percent of Panama’s total population of approximately four million. A visit to one or more regions where those people are grouped provides an immersion in their unique culture and customs that have changed little over time.

Beaches in Panama

  1. Islands of San Blas: The San Blas islands are widely known as the closest any beach can get to paradise. The Carribean archipelago is made up of 378 islands that are the opposite from crowded, littered or noisy. Tourism is controlled by the native Gunas and is a perfect destination for anybody looking for a serene, quiet and isolated islands with nothing but the sound of beach waves and good food. 

  1. Isla Coiba: This is the biggest island in Central America, an UNESCO world heritage site, and enveloped in crystal blue water rich with marine life which makes this place a snorkelers and divers paradise. It is also home to the Coiba National Park, where you can see white faced monkeys and other spectacular wildlife that you don’t see everyday.  

  1. Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro: Also known as Red Frog Beach, this is perfect for travelers looking for acres of raw natural beauty. The vegetation is dense and filled with cherry red frogs of which the island is named after. The waters are shallow but there are still big waves perfect for surfing and boogie boarding. 

  1. Playa Estrella, Bocas del Toro: Many people call this starfish island, and it lives up to its name. Come here to relax on a peaceful, clean and clear beach with shallow waters dotted with starfishes 

  1. Contadora Island: Located on the Pearl Island archipelago, the Contadora Island is the perfect getaway if you’re looking for secluded beaches, pelicans and a rich marine life as well as small restaurants that cater to all kinds of cuisines. The island is also known for seaside, homey villas that look out into the swaying palm trees and calm waters.  

  1. Playa Venao: This is one of the more well known beaches. If you’re looking for big surfing waves, white clear beaches with a thumping nightlife, you have found your next destination. It is a five hour drive from Panama City and is home to some of the most luxurious hotels and hostels in the country. 

  1. Playa Cambutal: This laid back beach is a hidden gem in the southern Azuero Peninsula. Its monstrous waves and relaxed lodges spread around the coastline makes this a hotspot for a lot of surfers, but is also a must see beach for anybody looking to see a natural wonder. This island is also known for being one of the rare spots sea turtles lay their eggs and is close to Cerro Hoya National Park, one of the most biodiverse and untouched parks in the country.

Eating in Panama

Dining options in Panama also cover the gamut. Panama City abounds white tablecloth restaurants that could hold their gastronomic head high anywhere. Whether dining on haute cuisine or at a modest local eatery, Panama’s location between two oceans makes it a fresh seafood lover’s delight. Especially on the Caribbean side of the country shrimp, lobster, sea bass and, for the adventurous, octopus show up on many a menu and dinner table.

Those seeking to sample other local fare also enjoy a tempting variety of choices. The most popular national dish is Sancocho, a thick soup of chicken accompanied by vegetables and herbs. Rice (arroz) is a staple, often pocked with peas (black beans) and meat plays an important role in the diet of many Panamanians. Fried plantain is eaten by everyone, everywhere and often at every meal.

Panama Wildlife Viewing

Given its location as part of the land bridge that connects North and South America, Panama is home to an extraordinary biodiversity of both animal and plant life.  It has served as a link that enabled migration in both directions, and its varied terrain of tropical rainforests, mountain cloud forests and low-lying mangrove wetlands has provided a welcome environment which prompted many species to stay.  

They include jaguars, pumas and ocelots among the big cats that make Panama their home, although humans are more likely to see their prints rather than the elusive animals themselves. Easier to encounter are aptly named sloths, who lead their sedentary lives hanging upside down from the branches of trees through which white-faced capuchins and squirrel, spider and howler monkeys swing.  

Crocodiles may be spotted sunning themselves on river banks while killer and humpback whales, sharks and bottlenose dolphins find the reefs off both coastlines to their liking.

Panama also is one of the best birding sites in the world, with resident populations that include parrots, toucans, quetzals, macaws and the harpy eagle, the nation’s national bird.

Adventure Travel in Panama

Venturing to Panama, a country lush with biodiversity and that intersects two oceans, is a true off the beaten path experience for any adventurer. Any globetrotter looking to get lost in rugged mountains, sandy beaches, untamed rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes and sea life has come to an extraordinary place with adventures packed in all sorts of terrains.

Some of the top experiences include:

  1. Cruises - Panama harbours some of the most eye opening cruises that travel between two seas and two continents with some of the world’s most diverse marine life and whale migration sights. Most cruises explore national parks, the Panama canal, tropical islands and more. 

  1. Sailing - San Blas, considered one of the most beautiful paradises on earth, is in almost everybody’s itinerary that visit Panama, specifically sailing and boating enthusiasts. The sandy beaches and windy, clear ocean make this a perfect spot for people to venture around on their sails while spotting a ton of marine life. 

  1. Surfing - There are a string of gorgeous spots to surf in Panama but nothing beats Bocas del Toro where surfers can find everything from baby waves to monstrous 6 meter ones. Besides exhilarating waves, Bocas del Toro also has a pulsing night life that is an added plus to many adventurers looking to relax and let loose. 

  1. Birding - With over a 1,000 bird species to discover, some of which are nationally and regionally endangered, birding in Panama is certainly a fantastic experience. Soberania National Park is especially gorgeous for any bird lover also looking to see sloths, monkeys and other wildlife. Birding tours are especially popular, with knowledgeable guides that spend time giving backgrounds on rare birds and offer opportunities for bird photography that will make your trip to Panama worth sharing. 

  1. Diving - Panama has one of the most biodiverse marine ecologies in the world, and has something to offer for every type of diver. You can swim in both the Atlantic and Caribbean waters in one day while marveling at the turtles, whales, reef sharks as well as remnants of pirate treasure from centuries ago. An adventurer’s dream indeed!

  1. Hiking - Panama offers some pretty spectacular trekking experiences for all kinds of hikers, from beginners to experts looking for the steepest of challenges. Some exciting trails lay in the Metropolitan Natural Park, Darien National Park, the Finca Suiza, La India Dormida and more.

Top Panama Travel Companies

Things to Know Before You Go

Where is Panama?

The Republic of Panama borders Colombia and Costa Rica. Its geographical location is interesting because it remains at a crossroads between North America and South America. As a result, it also harbours both the Carribean and the Pacific waters. 

Despite it being the southernmost country in South America and having very similar traditions with other countries in the continent, Panama is ultimately considered to be a part of North America.

When is the Best Time to Visit Panama?

Deciding when to visit Panama is simple. The country only has two main weathers all year round: wet and dry. The wet season is normally May to December, leaving the rest of the year as the most optimal time to visit if you’re trying to avoid any rain showers. The dry season is sunny and humid throughout, maintaining about 30 C (86F), perfect for beach days and strolls exploring the city.  

If you’re looking for a cheaper time to visit Panama, however, the wet season is for you. Although it rains everyday during this period, rain showers normally only span to about an hour and the country becomes more vibrant, green and lush! You can see hotels and tour prices drop while enjoying the more tropical side of the country.

Is Panama Safe?

Panama is a super safe place to visit if you are a cautious traveler and stick to the recommendations of your tour guide. Like any country, there are certain areas to avoid that have higher crime rates, and in Panama these are cities like Colon, Yaviza and anything along the edge of the Columbian border. Those areas at the end of the Pan American highway contain high levels of violent crime and drug trafficking.

Otherwise, sticking to Panama City and the islands, where there is a bigger population of tourists, is a safe environment for any explorer. Do still be wary of petty thefts in and around the city, such as pick pocketing, especially in bus and market areas. It is advisable to not flaunt any flashy jewelry or hang your camera around you, especially when walking at night. 

For transportation, it is safest to use registered yellow taxis. In Panama they don’t use meters, but rather, you agree to a fare beforehand. Buses are extremely safe to use in the city but their routes can be confusing, so make sure you have a map or feel free to ask the very helpful and friendly locals!

Packing List for Panama Tours 

Tours in Panama can vary from exploring the Panama Canal, to the city, to national parks, to Lake Gatun all the way to the islands and even includes indigenous village tours. There is so much to explore in Panama, and thus, what you pack is important on how convenient and enjoyable the trip is for you! 

Since it’s expected that you will be walking a lot, bring durable sandals and sneakers. Trust us, you’re going to be thankful for this one. Panama also has some gorgeous waterfalls and hidden trails that criss cross around its green vallies, so hiking boots would be extremely useful if you are a traveler that is truly looking to see raw, natural beauty.

Panama, if you’re going during the dry season, is usually tropical, hot and humid. Make sure you pack a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, a quick dry towel, a light sweater, swimsuit, waterproof phone cover, insect repellent and sturdy walking shoes.

If you are going to a national park, make sure you pack a DSLR if you have one or binoculars to catch the gorgeous and rare species of birds found nestled between branches, camouflaged across leaves or soaring high above canopies.

Although many Panama tours have bilingual tour guides, it would be quite helpful to bring a spanish english dictionary to learn the local language. Taking in the culture is probably the best thing you can do in Panama, and language comes with it! Lastly, a pro tip before venturing around the city is to download the offline map of Panama just in case you need directions without WiFi. 

Getting to Panama

There are three main ways you can reach Panama, and that is by plane, land, or sea. By plane is perhaps the most popular way to touch down into Panama’s main airport, Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen, as flying is the fastest and most convenient way of travel. There are also many direct flights to the city from over 10 different states in the US and many in South America. Traveling through air from Europe and Canada often stop at the US first, including flights from Asia although a layover in Mexico City is common. 

If not by air, land is also used to get into Panama by many. Panama borders Costa Rica and you can cross over through 3 main crossing, the most popular being the Pan American Highway. Although Panama also borders Colombia, there is no land crossing between the two and you must fly instead. 

Sea is another favorable form on transportation into Panama. The Panama Canal sees thousands of tourists coming off of cruise ships and yachts each year.

All Panama tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 4.7 for all Panama trips.

151 trips from 65 tour companies with 736 reviews

More Panama Guided Tours

What is Stride?
Stride is the top reviews site for experiential travel and tour packages.

Now you can search tens of thousands of trips from more than 1,000 operators and expert trip planners. Most travel agencies and websites only show options from large companies that pay big commissions. We show you all the options we can gather. We want you to have all the information to find your perfect trip, no matter who it’s with. About us.

Use Stride to:
Search thousands
Search thousands of itineraries and match your style and budget.
Compare local
Compare local experts with global tour operators side by side.
Read reviews
Read reviews by travelers and experts.
Read reviews
Save money as a Stride member (its free), with exclusive deals & rebates.
We are on a mission...

...to help more people travel further, travel more, and travel better. Learn more.

Got it
×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!

x