Tours and Activities in Panama

Panama is a colorful country that offers itself to active and inquisitive travelers. There is no shortage of things to do and the country’s lack of uniformity makes each destination unique and exciting. Travelers can engage with Panama’s natural side by hiking in its forests or snorkeling around its reefs. Visiting historic sites, including crumbling seaside forts and archaic churches, helps travelers appreciate Panama’s cultural elements. Adventurous types can opt for zip-lining, horseback riding or ATV tours. There is truly something for everyone.

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49 Things to Do in Panama

Discover Scuba Diving, Panama
Discover Scuba DivingSanta Catalina

Do you want to try scuba diving but are unsure about plunging into a full certification course? If so, this is the course for you. Discover Scuba, operated by the Panama Dive Center in Santa Catalina, lets you scuba dive without a certification. It’s a great way to learn to use scuba equipment, try diving, and get a quick introduction to the ocean.

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Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife
Scuba Diving
Gamboa Rainforest Mega Combo, Panama
Gamboa Rainforest Mega ComboGamboa

This tour includes a tram ride through the rainforest, a visit to butterfly and orchid gardens, and a trip to Monkey Island in the Panama Canal.

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Bird Watching
Guided Tours
Nature Walk
Cayo Zapatilla One Day Tour, Panama
Cayo Zapatilla One Day TourBocas Village

This all-day tour takes you to the island of Cayo Zapatilla, which protects some of the wildest parts of Panama’s ecosystem. It is located inside the boundary of the Bastimentos National Marine Park.

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Boat Tours
Marine Wildlife
Snorkeling
Baru Volcano Jeep Tour, Panama
Baru Volcano Jeep TourBoquete

Go to the highest point of Panama on this exhilarating Jeep 4x4 tour of Barú Volcano. On a clear day, this chilly volcano peak offers incredible views of both the Caribbean and Pacific. Bundle up and get ready for the off-roading experience of a lifetime.

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Photography
Pacific Queen Cruise Tour on Panama Canal, Panama
Pacific Queen Cruise Tour on Panama CanalPanama City

These Pacific Queen tours of the Panama Canal offer travelers an up-close look at the Panama Canal—its locks, cruise ships, islands, and wildlife. Both partial and full transits are available.

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Boat Tours
Historical Tour of Portobelo, Panama
Historical Tour of PortobeloPortobello

Head over to Panama’s Caribbean coast for a day spent exploring colonial fortresses.

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Cultural
Guided Tours
Historic
Azuero Folklore, Panama
Azuero FolkloreChitre

The Azuero Peninsula is considered the cultural heartland of Panama. This tour explores the traditions and folklore of the Azuero Peninsula.

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Community
Cultural
Casco Antiguo and City Tour, Panama
Casco Antiguo and City TourPanama City

You’ll get a good look at some of the best attractions in Panama City during this tour, including Casco Viejo , the financial district , and the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal.

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City Tour
Cultural
Guided Tours
San Blas One-Day Tour, Panama
San Blas One-Day TourPanama City

This tour introduces you to the Guna, one of Panama’s indigenous groups. They have full control of the white-sand islands and blue waters of San Blas and govern themselves independent of the rest of Panama. On this tour, you’ll visit two of the 365 islands that comprise the archipelago.

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Beach Trip
Boat Tours
Snorkeling
Portobelo Bay Snorkeling Tour, Panama
Portobelo Bay Snorkeling TourPanama City

Snorkeling enthusiasts, listen up! This tour involves snorkeling in the Caribbean near Portobelo. Peering down into the water, you'll see colorful coral and a variety of reef fish.

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Marine Wildlife
Snorkeling
Herrera Highlands: Farms and Forests, Panama
Herrera Highlands: Farms and ForestsChitre

During this full-day tour, you’ll explore the highlands of Panama’s Herrera province. Along the way, you’ll visit family farms and hike in the El Montuoso Forest Reserve.

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Community
Educational
Hiking
Panama Fishing Tour, Panama
Panama Fishing TourPanama City

On this tour you'll head out into the Pacific Ocean and go either rock or deep-sea fishing. You'll enjoy lovely views and will haul in some seriously impressive fish.

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Boat Tours
Fresh Water Fishing
Half Day City and Canal Tour, Panama
Half Day City and Canal TourPanama City

This half-day tour of Panama City and the Panama Canal provides travelers with an excellent look at some of the area’s best attractions.

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Boat Tours
City Tour
Guided Tours
Gamboa Aerial Tram and Wildlife Exhibits, Panama
Gamboa Aerial Tram and Wildlife ExhibitsGamboa

This tour, which combines an aerial tram ride with a visit to wildlife exhibits, provides travelers with a wonderful look at the flora and fauna of Panama.

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Aerial Tram
Species Exhibits
Coffee Cupping Tour, Panama
Coffee Cupping TourBoquete

Have you ever wondered where you coffee comes from? Or maybe how it’s grown? If so, this is the tour for you. During this tour, you’ll explore the Río Crystal Coffee Farm and learn about the entire coffee process, from bean to cup.

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Coffee Tour
Educational
River Adventure Tour, Panama
River Adventure TourBoquete

Follow a knowledgeable, friendly guide to see the Chiriquí River, a rushing river that is the lifeblood of Boquete. This tour includes swimming and exploring the terrain with sturdy equipment.

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Cave Exploration
Hiking

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Emberá Village Tour, Panama
Emberá Village TourColon

The Emberá are an indigenous group in Panama. During this full-day tour, you’ll visit one of their villages and be introduced to various elements of their culture.

Community
Guided Tours
Villa Santos Day Tour, Panama
Villa Santos Day TourLas Tablas

This tour allows you to sample the best of La Villa de los Santos history, music, and gastronomy. An expert guide will accompany your trip.

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Museum
The Traditional Goods of Herrera, Panama
The Traditional Goods of HerreraChitre

Panama’s Herrera province produces a number of traditional goods, including sugarcane, salt, clay, and bread. This half-day tour exposes travelers to the craftsmanship behind the creation of these products.

Community
Guided Tours
Boquete Tree Trek Canopy Tour, Panama
Boquete Tree Trek Canopy TourBoquete

The Boquete Tree Trek is located in the forested highlands above Boquete. The setting – big trees, stunning views – is perfect for a canopy adventure. This tour consists of 12 zip lines and 14 platforms.

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