A trip to Panama is an immersion in a natural environment with incredible biodiversity, almost as diverse as that of neighbouring Costa Rica. This Central American isthmus is indeed rich in varied fauna and contrasting landscapes with coral archipelagos, white sandy beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea, a real jungle, tropical forests, mountain ranges... A unique destination! And all you have to do is leaf through a tourist guide on Panama to see it. Panama is a bridge between Western American-style culture and the gentle way of life in Latin America. It is also its famous channel, of course, and a mosaic of cultures and atmospheres. Take the time to visit Panama City, a vibrant and modern capital, before finding yourself on a canoe to sail up a river to an Amerindian village! Then explore the mountainous region of Chiriqui before reaching the paradisiacal beaches of Bocas del Toro or the San Blas archipelago...

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When to go to Panama?

When to go to Panama? The high tourist season extends from November to early April, including the Panamanian summer school holidays. It is then the dry season, with little rain, sun and wind. The very high season takes place during the November holidays for national holidays (fiestas patrias), the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, the carnival in February and Holy Week. Hotel rates then increase significantly and it is advisable to book your room well in advance.

In the very low season (May-June) you may find the door closed in hotels and restaurants, many hotel owners take their holidays at that time, before the arrival of European tourists in July and August. In high season, the beaches fill up at high speed but don't worry, there are plenty of quiet spots! During this Panamanian summer, the days get slightly longer. On the one hand, the sun makes it easier to travel on the tracks, which are less muddy (don't worry, the roads in Panama are generally very good), while on the other hand, the wind sometimes makes it difficult to travel by sea in small boats. From April onwards, the most popular tourist places are less frequented and it is the best time to go to Panama for a holiday away from the crowds. The rains are heavy but they only last a few hours. They create a special atmosphere, with even greener landscapes, a beautiful ink-coloured sky and impressive thunderclaps!

How to go to Panama? Our advice & tips

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  • Going alone
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A good overview of Panama can be obtained by taking an 8-day tour. We will visit its famous canal of course but also its paradisiacal islands and its white sandy beaches. You can also meet indigenous tribes like the Kunas in the San Blas Islands, just to think of yourself as Robinson Crusoe.

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Panama is a safe country, probably the safest in Central America. But as everywhere, the tourist can represent a privileged target and it is advisable to respect some elementary rules : do not provoke : do not provoke the potential thief (diamond necklace or reflex camera around the neck in popular areas, wallet in the pocket back of the trousers, backpack left unattended on a desert beach etc.) and beware of pickpockets in the crowd.

Domestic flights serve the country well as well as the long-distance bus network. The more or less powerful motor boat (lancha or panga) or the wooden pirogue (box) are often the only means of transport in the archipelagos and in the middle of the jungle in the absence of a track or road. The crossings offer emotional moments! However, make sure that there are enough life jackets in the boat.

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When to travel?

When to go to Panama? The high tourist season extends from November to early April, including the Panamanian summer s...
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Weather forecast

Panama has a humid tropical climate. It is hot all year round, with average temperatures of 28 to 31°C during the da...
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Budget

Life in Panama remains relatively affordable for Europeans and North Americans, although prices have risen considerab...
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Formalities

It is not necessary to apply for a visa if you wish to stay in Panama for less than 180 days. The passport must be va...
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Health

If no vaccine is required to enter Panama, it is strongly recommended to be vaccinated against certain diseases such...
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How to travel by yourself?

Panama is a safe country, probably the safest in Central America. But as everywhere, the tourist can represent a pri...
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How to get organized?

A good overview of Panama can be obtained by taking an 8-day tour. We will visit its famous canal of course but also...
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Getting around

Domestic flights serve the country well as well as the long-distance bus network. The more or less powerful motor boa...
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