Each of Panama’s regions has its own scenery and culture. You’ll also find very different types of activities and tours.
- Panama City is cosmopolitan and accessible, and it is close to the Canal Zone. You can take historic tours of the canal and the colonial neighborhoods of this capital city.
- To the east lies the pristine archipelago of Guna Yala and the wild jungles of the Darién. To visit these relatively untouched areas you’ll want to enlist a guide.
- Head west from Panama City and cruise through Central Panama, which is home to breezy highlands and popular beaches.
- The Azuero Peninsula, which is Panama’s heartland, is one of the most culturally rich parts of the country. The towns here rarely see tourists and are some of the best places to experience authentic Panamanian culture.
- Finally, there is Bocas del Toro, a bohemian archipelago along the northwestern edge of the country. Bocas is known for its laidback atmosphere, white-sand beaches, and plentiful biodiversity (both on the land and in the sea). It’s one of the most popular parts of the country to visit.