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Day tours

Tours & Sightseeing

Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

Starting at$135

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Tours & Sightseeing

Panama City, Casco Viejo and Canal Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Starting at$100

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Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

Starting at$125

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Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise

Starting at$70

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Day Trips & Excursions

San Lorenzo Fort, Panama Canal, Rainforest: Full-Day Tour

Starting at$67

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Day Trips & Excursions

Soberania National Park, Monkey Island, Indian Village Tour

Starting at$140

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Food, Wine & Nightlife

Panama City Casco Viejo Food-and-Drink Walking Tour

Starting at$76

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Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

Starting at$180

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Multi-day adventures

Lonely Planet Experience

Costa Rica & Panama Discovery

Starting at$1,285

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Lonely Planet Experience

Amazing Central America

Starting at$2,900

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Lonely Planet Experience

Best of Central America

Starting at$4,445

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Lonely Planet Experience

Ultimate Central America

Starting at$5,940

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18-to-Thirtysomethings

Panama Experience: Cloud Forests & Canals

Starting at$1,199

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Cultural & Theme Tours

El Original - San Blas island hopping trip

Starting at$193

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Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 DAY 2 NIGHT SEA TURTLE NESTING EXPEDITION

Starting at$460

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Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Nights and 4 Days at the Panama Action Sports Resort

Starting at$785

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Recent stories

Art and culture

Casco Viejo is one of the top 10 experiences in Panama City’s historic old quarter

4 min readPublished Dec 25, 2019

Panama City’s hippest neighborhood is also its smallest. Just four avenues wide, Casco Viejo (literally meaning 'old quarter') is a Unesco-protected district and a barrio on the up.

Casco Viejo is one of the top 10 experiences in Panama City’s historic old quarter
Beaches

Toes in sand, drink in hand: a guide to Panama’s islands

5 min readPublished Oct 21, 2019

Blindingly beautiful and biodiverse, Panama promises pure paradise along two coastlines: the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. With over 1,400 palm-fringed islands to choose from, beach lovers are wonderfully spoilt for choice. 

A small boat rests partly on the light brown sandy shore and partly in the vibrant blue ocean water on one of the San Blas Islands in Panama. In the background, next to palm trees, is a small grass-roof hut.
Art and culture

From tropical forests to rooftop bars: how to spend a perfect weekend in Panama City

5 min readPublished Oct 4, 2019

A weekend in Panama City offers much more than the canal. Panama’s capital is home to island escapades, ravishing rooftops and tropical cuisine.

From rooftop bars to quick island getaways, a weekend in Panama City offers a long list of activities to enjoy © Rosie Bell / Lonely Planet
Adventure travel

Cruising to adventure in Panama

5 min readPublished Aug 29, 2018

A cruise. To a certain kind of traveler, the mere suggestion sounds like a dirty word. It conjures up images of conga lines. Of endless buffets. Of hairy…

Canas Island is one of a group of islands that make up the Pearl Islands in Panama Alicia Johnson / Lonely Planet
Art and culture

Panama City in a snap: top five Instagram-worthy buildings

4 min readPublished May 8, 2018

Panama City is famous for its ultramodern skyline. But architecture in Panama is much more that just skyscrapers. While popular ‘barrios’ (neighborhoods)…

Panama City in a snap: top five Instagram-worthy buildings