Boasting endless secluded beaches and mountains enveloped by lush cloud forests, Panama is a place where nature and culture are entwined. Understanding Panama’s history and interaction with locals are at the heart of each private Panama tour we craft for travellers.
Panama is blessed with two gorgeous coastlines: the Caribbean and the Pacific. Its ideal location has always made it of great interest to world leaders and ultimately led to the construction of the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for the first time.
Unlike its northern neighbor Costa Rica, Panama has managed to preserve much of its seven indigenous cultures predating the arrival of European explorers, allowing travelers a look into the lives and cultural traditions of these peoples.
The Chiriqui highlands offer the perfect mountain blend of adventure and coffee. The rustic and remote San Blas Islands are home to gorgeous beaches and local Kuna indigenous culture. And the beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago has some excellent eco-lodges where you can relax between days of island-hopping, snorkeling, and other water sports. Our private Panama tours draw active travelers interested in sport fishing, diving, rafting, kayaking, birding, and rainforest treks.
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As a major center of international banking and trade, Panama City is also a regional hub for immigration. The sky-high towers, chic nightclubs and gourmet restaurants recall Miami while Panama City’s picturesque Casco Viejo (Antiguo) neighborhood, the historical center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with colonial and neoclassical buildings, cobblestone streets and bohemian cafes, echoes Bogota. Explore Fort San Lorenzo, modern promenades, duty-free shopping zones, casinos, and five-star hotels, such as the American Trade Hotel, a slice of luxury nestled in the bustling streets of Panama City. Venture out on a day trip for hiking, prime bird watching, and ecological boat rides in the best-preserved rainforest regions near a metropolitan city. Visit the welcoming Kuna Yala indigenous communities, be immersed in Embera Native traditions or enjoy painting workshop and congo dancing with residents of Portobelo two hours north of the city.
The history of the Panama Canal is central to the country's overall historical and cultural context, broadening this unique country to an influx of travelers and explorers, who have all added their own flavor to the country. Take a scenic train ride along the Canal, sail through it on a shared boat or view it from above on a helicopter ride. Panama Canal’s astounding locks are a man-made feat to behold.
Drift away on a swinging hammock on your own private island. Tour with a native guide from the Ngobe Bugle community or partake in an exhilarating zip-line tour through the rainforest treetops. Prepare to exhale after an expansive immersion into Panama’s natural oasis.
Sample Panamanian coffee and captivate your senses at the coffee plantations before hiking through the biologically rich cloud forest. Just west of this colonial town, marvel at the towering Barú Volcano and attempt to spot the elusive quetzal bird along the Los Quetzales Trail in the Barú Volcano National Park. North of town, the Bajo Mono Loop drive has expansive views of the verdant forest.
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These itineraries are known as ‘Best Value’ because they have been meticulously crafted, thoroughly tested, and vetted by our team. By choosing a “Best value” itinerary your trip will include private tours, seamless transfers, and knowledgeable guides, all while enjoying comfortable accommodations of high quality. To offer you the best possible pricing, these trips are priced as they are. However, should you wish to make any changes to the itinerary such as changing a destination, our team can customize the trip.
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I cannot be more thankful. To sightsee alongside the canal with no other tourists, and a guide who had a wealth of knowledge about the Canal, made the tour so special. Our hikes into the mountains were glorious. Lush greenery and beautiful terrain. The ‘piece de resistance’ was the Isle Palenque portion of our trip. To be on an island with only ten casitas was ‘just what the doctor ordered’! And it culminated in a WOW Moment! After our boat ride with champagne and a charcuterie board in the mangroves at sunset, on the return to the resort for dinner … the manager ushered us to a private area of the beach to have dinner with candles leading to our private tent. The chef prepared a five-course meal and introduced each course to us as they were served. We have taken over ten trips with your WOW agents and have never been disappointed.”