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Welcome to Panamathe land of contrasts and vibrant diversity! From the glittering skyscrapers and vibrant streets of Panama City to the remote villages of indigenous peoples living deep in the rainforests, this country offers a fascinating mix of Tradition and Modernity.

Here you can roam through dense jungle trails populated by exotic birds and curious monkeys, or stroll along secluded beaches.

Let yourself be infected by the energy and joie de vivre of the Panameños and Panameñas as you stroll through colorful markets, admire traditional handicrafts or enjoy a street festival. rhythmic sounds enjoying the music. Panama is a place where Adventure and Relaxation Panama is a place where life goes hand in hand, and where every day offers a new opportunity to discover the beauty and hospitality of this unique country. Welcome to Panama, where life is lived in every moment. alive is!



Bocas del Toro is a picturesque province in the northwest of Panama, made up of six larger islands and numerous islets. This region was first explored by Christopher Columbus in 1502 and founded in 1834, and since then it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations thanks to its unmistakable Caribbean flair and breathtaking dream beaches.

Bocas del Toro offers a variety of accommodations, from cozy beach huts to luxurious resorts, to satisfy every visitor. The main activities on the islands include surfing, snorkeling, diving and boat excursions that allow guests to explore the rich marine life and pristine coral reefs.

Each of the islands in Bocas del Toro is unique and offers something special for every taste.
On Isla Colón, the main island, you can enjoy wild fiestas, relaxed happy hours and international cuisine while experiencing unspoiled nature and beautiful beaches.
An absolute highlight is Playa de las Estrellas, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, where you may be lucky enough to spot starfish while snorkeling.
Isla Bastimentos attracts visitors with the secluded Wizard Beach, a lonely and beautiful beach that is covered by a large part of the national park and has no passable roads.
Cayos Zapatilla, on the other hand, is a mini-island whose crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches make it a true postcard Caribbean island.
The islands of Bocas del Toro are not only home to paradisiacal beaches, but also a lush tropical rainforest that is home to a variety of animals. Here you can observe monkeys, exotic bird species, sloths and frogs in vibrant colors. In Boca del Drago, you can even explore a cave inhabited by various species of bats.

Welcome to Bocas del Toro, where adventure and relaxation merge in a wonderful way!

From and to Bocas del Torro 

There are several daily bus connections from Panama City to Bocas del Toro, a popular tourist destination in the northwest of Panama. The bus journey usually takes around 10-12 hours and costs around 25-30 US dollars. Alternatively, travelers can also take flights from Panama City to Bocas del Toro.

On the peninsula, local boats offer regular connections between the various islands and towns in Bocas del Toro. These boats often make stopovers at various islands and offer a picturesque way to explore the Caribbean coastline.


Bajo Boquete, in the idyllic town in the province of Chiriquí, is a true paradise for outdoor and adrenaline junkies.

Nestled in a mountainous landscape and surrounded by cooler air and cloud forests, Bajo Boquete offers a breathtaking backdrop. The region is known for its numerous coffee plantations and is considered the fruit and vegetable center of Panama.

An absolute highlight is the Barú volcano, which is located in the Parque Nacional Volcán Barú and is the highest point in Panama at 3477 meters. From here, on a clear day, you can see both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean at the same time - a breathtaking experience!
For those seeking thrills, Bajo Boquete offers a variety of activities such as rafting on the Chiriquí Viejo, the region's busiest river, which runs past lush vegetation and impressive canyons. Ziplining through the dense cloud forests is another exciting way to experience pure nature.
The Sendero los Quetzales in the Volcán Barú National Park invites you to enjoy wonderful hikes through a fairytale landscape, while a coffee tour offers an insight into coffee production in the region - from harvesting to roasting.

The climate in Bajo Boquete is ideal for living, with an average temperature of 20 degrees and some rain and wind in the evenings. The fertile volcanic soil allows for diverse agriculture, including coffee, flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Bajo Boquete also hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, including the Feria de las Flores y del Café in January/February and the Festival de las Orquídeas in April. The market stalls sell cheap and delicious vegetables as well as handmade goods from the indigenous population of the region.

Must-sees include the Lost Waterfalls, the Barú Volcano, the Sendero Los Quetzales, the Pipeline Trail, Boquete Bees and Butterflies, the El Explorador Gardens, the Boquete Brewing Company, the Cascada Macho de Monte, the Caldera Hot Springs and the Hanging Bridges - the second longest and highest suspension bridges in Central America. Don't miss out on this incredible place!

From and to Boquete

There are regular bus connections from Panama City to Boquete. The bus ride takes around 6-7 hours and costs around 15-20 US dollars. The route leads through picturesque landscapes and offers travelers a wonderful view of the mountains and the lush greenery of the region.

Alternatively, travelers can also book flights from Panama City to David, the nearest major city to Boquete, and from there travel on to Boquete by bus, cab or rental car.

In Boquete itself, there are local buses and cabs that transport travelers within the city and to nearby attractions.


The small town of Santa Catalina is located on the Pacific coast and basically consists of just two streets, yet it is a magnet for nature lovers and surfers!

The small beach Playa Santa Catalina offers a wonderful view of Isla Santa Catalina, which can be reached by canoe. There are food trucks in the middle of the village where you can enjoy fresh fruit and local delicacies.

The neighboring Playa Estero invites you to relax and is the ideal place to learn to surf, as waves and warm water are available all year round. Santa Catalina is known for the best surf waves in Central America, especially the famous La Punta, which creates one of the best surf waves in the region thanks to a reef. Both experienced surfers and beginners get their money's worth here, for example at the kilometer-long Estero beach break, where you can even spend the night right on the beach.

An absolute highlight is Isla Coiba, an untouched nature reserve with 38 islands that used to serve as a prison and is now a paradise for diving and snorkeling. Here you can marvel at whale sharks, colorful schools of fish, manta rays and eagle rays.

There are cozy cafés and restaurants in the village of Santa Catalina, but it is important to note that there are no ATMs - the last one is in Soná. It is therefore advisable to take cash with you!

Experience the beauty of nature and the exciting surf spots of Santa Catalina!

To and from Santa Catalina

There are various ways to get to Santa Catalina from Panama City.

One option is to take the bus from Panama City to Santiago, which takes around 5-6 hours. From Santiago, travelers can take local buses or cabs to Santa Catalina, which takes an additional 1-2 hours.

A quicker but more expensive option is to travel by plane from Panama City to Santiago or Chitré, followed by a bus or cab to Santa Catalina.


Panama City is the vibrant capital of Panama, where history, culture and modernity merge!

This cosmopolitan metropolis at the southern end of the Panama Canal is a melting pot of cultures and offers a rich variety of sights and activities. The modern cityscape is characterized by imposing skyscrapers and gleaming high-rises, while historic districts such as the Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, impress with their colonial architecture and charming cobblestone streets.

An absolute must is a visit to the Panama Canal, one of the most impressive structures in the modern world. Watch the huge ships moving through the locks and learn more about the fascinating history and workings of this engineering masterpiece at the visitor center.

For culture lovers, Panama City offers a wealth of museums, including the Biomuseo, the Canal Museum and the Museum of Liberation. Immerse yourself in Panama's rich history, art and culture and discover the diverse influences that have shaped the country.

The city's gastronomic scene is lively and diverse, from gourmet restaurants to street stalls serving delicious local specialties. Be sure to try the famous "empanadas" (as in almost every country in Latin America) or fresh fish dishes straight from the Panama Canal.

Panama City is a fascinating destination that enchants every visitor with its unique blend of history, culture and modernity.

From and to Panama City

To reach Panama City, travelers have various options available. International visitors can usually arrive by air via Tocumen International Airport, which is well connected to many cities in North, Central and South America as well as Europe. Tocumen Airport is one of the largest and most modern airports in Central America and offers a variety of airlines and flight connections.


Las Tablas is a charming town in the province of Los Santos in Panama, known for its loud culture, traditional festivals and warm-hearted community.

The city, located in the heart of the Azuero Peninsula, offers a picturesque setting with colorful colonial buildings, cobbled streets and a friendly local population. Las Tablas is famous for its traditional folklore festivals, especially the famous carnival, which is one of the largest and most colorful in Panama.

During carnival, locals and tourists from all over the world flock to the streets of Las Tablas to take part in the colorful parades, traditional dances and musical performances. The spectacle lasts several days and is a festive time of celebration, community and cultural diversity.

Away from the carnival, Las Tablas also offers plenty of sights and activities. Visitors can explore the local arts and crafts, visit blacksmiths for traditional crafts that produce elaborate products such as Panama hats and handmade ceramics, or enjoy the nearby beaches of the Pacific coast.

In Las Tablas you will experience authentic Panama, characterized by a vibrant culture, warm hospitality and a rich tradition.

From and to las Tablas

One option is the bus ride from Panama City to Chitré, the capital of the province of Herrera, which takes around 4-5 hours and costs around 15-20 US dollars. From Chitré, there are regular bus connections to Las Tablas, which take another 1-2 hours.

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When you visit Panama, you immediately feel welcome. The locals are known for their warm hospitality and affectionate nature, which literally overwhelms visitors. For the people of Panama, family, friends and nature are at the center of their lives. It is therefore not surprising that Panama also took first place in the happiness index in 2019.

Enjoying life is really lived in Panama. The locals like to take their time, are friendly and relaxed. An after-work beer in good company is a must here, and the fiestas with friends or family to the national music go on until late.

Sport plays a major role in Panama, and soccer is the national sport that is followed with passion and dedication. In addition to soccer, there are also a variety of other sports that provide the perfect balance, be it surfing, yoga, fishing or cycling. The locals like to combine sport with nature, which is the ideal recipe for calming down and unwinding.

Panama is not only known for its breathtaking nature and diverse wildlife, but also for the warm-hearted people who make the country an unforgettable travel destination. Welcome to Panama, where life is lived and joy is shared!


A trip through Panama is also automatically a culinary journey!
The basic foods in Panama include a variety of fresh ingredients, which are prepared in many different ways depending on the region and tradition. The regional diversity of Panamanian cuisine is particularly striking. Fresh fish is often enjoyed on the coasts, while more traditional dishes with meat and vegetables are served inland. The markets in Panama are a real treat for the senses - colorful, lively and full of delicious aromas from every corner.

Coffee is one of Panama's main exports and a real highlight for coffee lovers. From the classic coffee bean to special varieties such as "Geisha" coffee, Panama offers a wide selection of first-class coffees. A sip of this aromatic drink is the perfect way to start the day.

The traditional national dish "Sancocho" is a hearty stew of meat, vegetables and plantains and is often enjoyed as a family meal and is rich and tasty.
In addition to traditional dishes, "batidos", refreshing fruit shakes made from water, milk and fresh fruit, as well as fresh coconut milk straight from the coconut, are popular drinks that are especially enjoyed on a relaxing day on the beach.

Panama offers a rich culinary variety that reflects the diversity and hospitality of the country.


Best time to travel

The best time to travel to Panama depends heavily on individual preferences and destinations, as the country offers different climate zones and landscapes. In general, however, it can be said that the best time to travel to Panama is during the dry season, which lasts from December to April.

During this time, most parts of the country experience high temperatures and little rainfall, providing ideal conditions for outdoor activities and beach vacations. The dry season is particularly suitable for tours through the rainforest, boat trips on the Panama Canal, hikes to the volcanoes and national parks as well as beach vacations on the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
For nature lovers who want to experience Panama's rich wildlife, the dry season is ideal, as the clear conditions make it easier to spot animals in the national parks and reserves.

However, it is important to note that the dry season is also high season for tourism in Panama, which can lead to higher prices and larger crowds in popular places. If you want to avoid this, you can also consider the low season, which lasts from May to November. During this time there is more frequent rainfall, especially on the Pacific coast, but this also contributes to Panama's green season and bathes the landscape in rich colors. The low season is ideal for travelers who prefer fewer crowds and lower prices.

Overall, Panama offers diverse travel opportunities all year round, and the best time to visit depends on which activities and experiences you prefer. Whether dry season or low season, Panama is always worth a visit and has something to offer for every traveler.

means of transportation

In Panama, you have two main means of transportation to get around the country: the plane and the bus.

The flight network in Panama is well developed and several flights are offered daily by various airlines between the main destinations and all major cities.

Panama's main airport is Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. This modern airport offers a variety of international connections and is an important hub for travel within Central and South America. There are currently no direct connections from Germany, but connections via European cities such as Madrid, Paris or Amsterdam are readily available and offer a convenient way to travel to Panama.

Alternatively, you can travel comfortably within the country by bus. There are numerous travel companies offering different routes, from cheap options to first-class buses with comfortable seats and catering on board. As Panama is a large country and the distances between cities should not be underestimated, it is advisable to use night buses to save time and money.

There are various options for short distances within the cities. You can get around easily on foot or by bike, while cab rides are very affordable compared to Germany. There are also various cab apps that you can use to order a cab with confidence or take tuk tuks on the coast.
Local buses are another option for getting around the cities. These are not like the long-distance buses, but are often colorful and have loud music. It's a fun way to get to know local life and travel around the area.

The prices for bus trips in Panama are also good. Depending on the category and route, you pay between 9 and 20 euros for a longer bus journey.


You can enter Panama visa-free for up to 90 days for your travel adventure. Once there, you only need to present your return flight or exit ticket by air or land.

Travel expenses

The official currency in Panama is the balboa, although the US dollar is also accepted as a common means of payment. The cost of living in Panama tends to be lower than in Germany, which makes traveling in this country affordable.

When choosing accommodation, you can choose between various options. A hostel in Panama usually costs between 10 and 20 euros per night.

If you cook at the hostel and shop at local markets, you should expect to spend around 10 euros a day on food costs. Avoid expensive imported goods to keep your expenses low and get advice from locals or other travelers to get real insider tips for cheap and tasty restaurants.

Beer and cocktails at the bar in Panama cost between 1.50 and 5 euros, depending on the location and what is on offer. You can expect to pay around 7 to 15 euros for a meal in a restaurant, although local restaurants are often cheaper and offer a good meal for as little as 3 euros.

Short cab rides in Panama cost between 2 and 5 euros on average, while longer bus rides, such as a 5-hour bus ride from Panama City to Boquete, cost around 10 euros.

History and culture

Panama's history and culture are rich and diverse, characterized by a fascinating mix of indigenous traditions, colonial past and modern diversity.

Panama has a long history dating back to pre-Columbian times. The country was once home to various indigenous peoples, including the Kuna, Emberá, Ngäbe and Wounaan. These indigenous communities have preserved their traditional way of life, language, art and craftsmanship to this day and contribute to Panama's cultural diversity.
Spanish colonial rule had a significant impact on Panama, leaving behind impressive colonial architecture and cultural influences that can still be felt today. Panama was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century and was part of the Viceroyalty of Peru before gaining its independence in 1739 and becoming part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada.

Panama's most famous historical site is undoubtedly the Panama Canal, which was built by the USA in the early 20th century and gave Panama strategic importance in the global trade landscape. The canal is a symbol of the country's engineering achievements and economic importance and continues to shape Panama's cultural identity to this day.
Panama's modern culture is characterized by a lively mix of tradition and innovation. Music and dance play an important role in Panamanian life, with the traditional music of the various indigenous peoples and Afro-Caribbean music such as calypso, reggae and salsa being widespread.

Panamanian cuisine is just as varied and rich as the country's culture. It includes an abundance of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, rice and beans as well as influences from Caribbean, Latin American and Spanish cuisine.

Overall, Panama's history and culture reflect the diversity and uniqueness of the country and make it a fascinating destination for explorers and adventurers from all over the world.


Being homesick for a country you've only spent a few weeks in is something Marc described to us after his first visit to Panama. Marc has summarized his favourite moments for us:

  1. Santa Catalina With his intimate and personal charm, he transported me directly into the Panamanian Culture immerse yourself. The beaches are like something out of a movie and make you forget about life so that you really sink into your own movie. At the Surfing, yoga or hiking you can lose yourself in the beauty of nature and simply leave the worries of everyday life behind.

  2. One of my highlights in Panama City was clearly the visit to the Metropolitan Natural Park. Despite the huge city, I immediately felt surrounded by lush nature. The fresh air and the chirping of the birds invited me to take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. I was able to observe numerous bird species and admire the variety of tropical plants. The view from the lookout point over the Panama City skyline was breathtaking and offered a fascinating contrast to the wild nature of the park.

  3. When I saw the Isla Coiba Marine National Park I felt like I was in another world. The untouched island and its surrounding waters were simply breathtaking. At the Snorkeling and diving I discovered an incredible variety of marine life, from colorful coral reefs to sharks and gentle sea turtles. During my walks through the dense Rainforest I was able to experience the island's unique flora and fauna up close and was fascinated by the diversity of species.

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