Panama, the southernmost country of Central America, is an energetic and cosmopolitan destination. It offers an appealing medley of exciting cities, quiet villages, coffee plantations, national parks, historic forts, beaches, mountains, rainforest, there is absolutely something for everyone. There are many day trips from Panama City worth Planning.
8 DAY TRIPS FROM PANAMA
1.MIRAFLORES LOCKS AND VISITORS CENTER
The Miraflores Locks work as water lifts, raising ships 26 meters from sea level (the Pacific or Atlantic) to Gatun Lake water level. The ships then sail the channel through the Continental Divide. From large balconies at the visitors center on the east side, visitors can watch as the lock gates are opened and closed for ships to start or complete their journey through the Panama Canal. Near the locks there is also a museum, a theater that shows films about the creation of the Panama Canal, a restaurant and a gift shop.
The island just 16 km off the cost of Panama City was once inhabited by indigenous Indians who fished and lived in thatched roof homes. The island was also used by the English, the French, the Spanish and even bands of pirates. The island offers many activities for those who want to escape city life and relax in nature.Popular pastimes include hiking, fishing and enjoying the beach. There are a handful of hotels, restaurants and shops to choose from, but the island is not overly developed and is rarely crowded.
3.PANAMA CANAL CRUISE
A full day trip of the Panama Canal is absolutely a must! The cruise will pass through some of the major locks like the Miraflores locks on the Pacific side and the Pedro Miguel locks on the Atlantic side. You’ll also spend some time on Lago Gatún, a lake created by the creation of the canal itself. You will also see the mountains, the scale of the canal and learn more about its history on the trip.
4.EMBERA INDIAN VILLAGE
Indigenous to Panama, the Embera are a group of people living in traditional, preserved Indian villages. You will be able to fully embrace the culture as you are welcomed into these traditional villages. As you move around the village you might see women weave baskets out of palm leaves, paint your body with the local natural dyes or ask questions about life in centuries past. The best way to experience the village is by guided tours, since they are often off the beaten track and not easily accessible to visitors.
5.EL VALLE DE ANTON
This charming village surrounded by volcanic caldera is located in the highlands of Panama just two hours drive southwest of Panama City. The town is famed for its black soil, and it is said to be perfect for agricultural pursuits. Many visitors come to recharge, practice yoga or meditate in the natural beauty in new age and holistic therapies. Set of on a hike and check out the beautiful waterfall called El Macho and etched hieroglyphic rocks along the way.
6.SAN LORENZO FORT
The town of Chagres was once the main destination port of Panama. Today the town is abandoned, but this is where you will find San Lorenzo Fort. The Spanish for was built in the middle of the 18th century and is an important colonial relic of Panama’s history. You’ll also be treated to magnificent views over the Chagres River and the lush green landscape below the fort. After touring the ruins of the fort, you can explore the area and spend time birdwatching or kayaking.
7.SOBERANIA NATIONAL PARK
An ideal day trip for those who want to esape the urban jungle, the Soverania National Park is just a 30-minute car or bus ride from Panama City. The park is home to the howler monkeys, the bright green iguanas and the blue-headed parrots. The Las Cruces Trail that was used by the Spanish in the 16th century as a way of transporting gold is worth hiking. If you are interested in birdwatching or wildlife spotting, the park is just the place to be.
8.BOCAS DEL TORO
With six forested island and numerous uninhabited islets, Bacas Del Toro is a popular destinations with many outdoor adventures the main attraction. The historic Caribbean architecture can be seen in in the province capital city. Numerous beaches offer white sands and activities like sailing and diving. Jungle trekking, canopy tours and mangrove kayaking provide visits to Ngobe Indian settlements as well as views of exotic birds and exotic animals.
You can travel to Panama at anytime of the year, however, the dry season runs between mid-December and mid-April which is generally considered the best time to visit. Temperatures remain a pretty constant high throughout the year, 30 degrees centigrade and over.