Panama is most famous for its canal, one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century. Less well-known is the fact that the country is host to some magnificent natural scenery, including some of the most pristine areas of rainforest in the world.

The country is home to a diverse wildlife population, with over 940 recorded endemic bird species and 125 animal species found nowhere else on the planet.

The developing tourist industry is concentrating on the limitless possibilities for eco-tourism. Lodges are being established to rival those in neighbouring Costa Rica where the infrastructure is long-established. Stay in a small boutique hotel in the lush highlands and islands of the Chiriquí region or enjoy the superb facilities of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. 

Panama has almost 3,000km of beautiful coastline of coral reefs and unspoilt sands as gorgeous as any of the more celebrated beaches in the region. Several groups of low-key tropical islands provide the ultimate wind down: the remote San Blas Islands – home of the Kuna people; the jungle-swathed archipelago of Bocas del Toro; and the Pearl Islands, rich in wildlife. Those with a spirit for adventure can also kayak around the islands of Kuna Yala.

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An alternative to a land-based itinerary is a cruise aboard the Discovery, which includes a visit to the remote Darien region.

Our most popular holidays to Panama
Discovery Journeys - Small group tours

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua & Panama -  Alcion Journey: Central American Discovery >

21 nights from £2,738 including flights from the UK
Highlights of this 3 week overland escorted tour in Central America include the Mayan ruins of Copán, the Panama Canal, the archipelago of Bocas del Toro and Ometepe Island, as well as the colonial cities of Granada, León, Suchitoto and Antigua.

An overland odyssey through 6 countries

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Panama -  Luxury Panama Honeymoon >

11 days from £2,772
We’ve put these together a unique luxury honeymoon holiday in Panama, which reflects the romance and diversity of this rapidly growing destination for visitors. Much of the country is still gratifyingly unspoilt with glorious tropical scenery and a profoundly rich culture. Now you can stay in luxurious properties not just in the city but in remote areas on both coastlines. Enjoy inspiring excursions to discover Panama’s turbulent history and its national parks.

Top of the range taste of unspoilt Panama

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Costa Rica & Panama -  Star Flyer - Remote Coastline Clipper Cruise >

14 days from £3,544
Cruise aboard the Star Flyer clipper to Central America’s Pacific coast. Visit tropical islands, beautiful beaches and thick jungle teeming with diverse wildlife. Begin in Costa Rica and sail along the coast of Panama and back into Costa Rica.

Clipper cruise to remote Panama and Costa Rica

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Panama -  Highlights of Panama >

12 days from £1,962
Panama is famous for the Panama Canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but It also has magnificent natural scenery, including virgin rainforest close to the modern capital and a string of unspoilt coral islands off Bocas del Toro with blinding white beaches cooled by coconut palms. Our highlights holiday, packed with excursions and explorations, takes you on a trip of surprising variety.

Panama’s immense diversity: canal to cloud forest

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Undiscovered, idyllic palm dotted coral beaches
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Top of the range taste of unspoilt Panama
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Panama’s immense diversity: canal to cloud forest
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