Just 80km wide at its narrowest point, Panama is a mountainous and heavily forested country with a surprisingly strong indigenous culture, most evident in the autonomous Kuna regions of San Blas Islands. Despite the wealth of natural beauty, Panama is mainly famous for the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel and one of the wonders of the modern world. A visit to the Miraflores Lock and Museum is a must; time your visit to coincide with a partial or full transit for the ultimate experience.
Is a modern metropolis teeming with skyscrapers and a bustling economic and commercial centre. Its historic heart of Casco Viejo has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is rapidly undergoing a makeover to lift it from its previous dilapidated state. Partial and full transits of the Panama Canal draw engineering enthusiasts from around the world, but few stay to appreciate the country’s natural beauty.
San Blas Islands
These stunning islands sit off the Caribbean coast and are part of the autonomous province ruled by the Kuna Indians. As well as incredible natural beauty, the islands are also a great place to learn about indigenous Panamanian culture.
The northern province of Chiriqui stretches from the coastal white sand beaches of the Caribbean to the lush tropical rain forested mountains and contains some of the best national parks in Panama. The highland community of Boquete boasts some of the longest living people on earth- as well as the county’s best coffee!