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Panama

In brief

  • long sandy beaches on the Pacific coast
  • magnificent nature, exotic toucans and hummingbirds
  • the famous Panama Canal - one of the largest "shortcuts" of the world
  • colourful, hand-embroidered molas
  • traditional rituals and lifestyle of Indians
  • developed hotel infrastructure

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Panama, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, it is a country of beautiful landscapes, the capital full of contrasts and the "eighth wonder of the world” - the Panama Canal. It is also paradise beaches and coral reefs, as well as Indian villages, where traditional rituals and lifestyle are still preserved.

The fairytale island of San Andres and exotic Panama are places captivating with their landscapes and crystal-clear sea with seven shades of blue. The excellent standard of hotels and the perfect climate guarantee an unforgettable holiday.

EXOTICS FOR EVERYONE
Long, sandy beach of Playa Blanca in Farallón will appeal to beach-goers and enthusiasts of walking, it is also often chosen for romantic weddings in exotic scenery. People who value peace and intimate atmosphere will appreciate the charm of Playa Bonita, a small town, which is also a great starting point for visiting the capital of Panama. The heat of tropical Panama is nature! Tropical rainforests, abundance of fauna and flora - orchids, butterflies, poisonous frogs and the most beautiful spots on the map of the country: Gatun Lake, El Chorro Macho waterfall - spectacular, 85-meter high, located in the Anton Valley, where in El Nispero botanical garden you can see a characteristic golden frog. Panama Canal A symbol of the country and one of the most popular "shortcuts" in the world. The canal connecting the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean is the work of the French and Americans, which have claimed over 20,000 lives. The canal is a gold mine for Panama as you need to pay approx. 30,000 dollars for crossing. Tracing history The capital of Panama with the same name is a place where the rich history of the city and the country can be seen best. The mandatory points are Panama Viejo - the ruins of the first Panama, burned by pirates and Casco Viejo - the historical center of the city with buildings from colonial times. It's worth seeing Avenida Balboa with its boardwalk and breathtaking views, modern skyscrapers in the financial district and the Museum of Biodiversity, designed by Frank Gehry - a colorful building, one of the most important architectural points on the map of Panama. Shopping You can buy Panamanian handicrafts at local markets - jewelry, painted ceramics, colorful Indian scarves, and in shopping centers there are boutiques of the most popular world brands. Panama also offers tourists the "Panama Shopping Card", full of benefits and discounts. Panama on the plate Panama offers its guests an excellent Ceviche, which means pieces of fish "cooked" in lime juice with additives, carimañola, which means fried yucca root stuffed with meat or patacones - fried plantains. Also seafood and fresh, tropical fruits are popular. For the dessert Raspao - ice cone sprinkled with fruit syrup and condensed milk. Perfect to cool off! At the Indians place, you can try their traditional dishes served on the leaves, and for culinary explorers - Iguana dishes. Suitcase of a traveler The obvious choice will be a panama hat, but on the return journey it is also worth taking a hand-made "pollera", a traditional skirt made of different colorful materials, decorated with flowers, for example. Among the souvenirs, also organic coffee is popular, one of the best in the world. Also hand-embroidered scarves and handmade jewelry will be a great souvenir. In Panama, also tasty beers are produced, such as "Panama" or "Balboa" with Vasco Núñez de Balboa on the label, mini-brewery - La Rana Dorada or Casa Bruja artisanal brewery, which offers also beer tasting and visiting the building. Indian tattoos In Panama, many ethnic tribes are still living. One of them - Embera Indians is known primarily for the tattoos made on the whole body by women from the tribe, drawn with the fruit juice of the Jagua plant.

Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.

Visas: not required. Passport must be valid a minimum of 6 months from the date of return to Poland.

Flight duration: Warsaw - Panama – approx. 12 h.

Local time: GMT - 5h.

Language: English.

Voltage: 110 V (adaptor required).

Currency: US dollar; on site banknotes issued after 2006 are accepted.

Tips: the rule applies that you give as much as you can afford. It is a custom to tip waiters, bartenders, chambermaids, porters (approx. 10%).

Customs: smoking in public places is absolutely prohibited, including in most restaurants, also on their premises outdoors, this also applies to hotels. Smoking in hotel rooms is punishable by high fines.

Vaccinations: not required.

Local trips: organized by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility that, if there is not enough participants, a trip may be canceled.

 


You can always find up to date information about security in this country on your Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Panama Canal and Panama City Tour — the trip starts with a visit to the Miraflores Lock, where you will be able to take a look at the works involving the clearance of huge cargo ships. Then, a stroll at Casco Antiguo, the old part of the city entered into the UNESCO list, full of monuments, churches and squares commemorating important persons and events in the history of Panama. Half-day trip. Price - approx. 58 USD.

Panama Canal and Panama City Tour — the trip starts with a visit to the Miraflores Lock, where you will be able to take a look at the works involving the clearance of huge cargo ships. Visiting the remains of the Old Panama, entered into the UNESCO list - Panamá Viejo. Then, a stroll at Casco Antiguo, the old part of the city, also entered into the UNESCO list, full of monuments, churches and squares commemorating important persons and events in the history of Panama. Finally, a visit to the modern part of the city, a multi-cultural metropolis. Day trip. Price - approx. 80 USD.

Embera Indians — a kayak journey (approx. 1 hour) to the Embera Indian village in the tropical rainforest of Chagres National Park. Embera Indians are one of the many ethnic tribes that still live far away from civilization. Here you can learn about their culture, rituals and history, taste local cooking from the characteristic vessels or bijao leaves. A traditional dance show. Day trip. Price: approx. 89 USD (includes lunch - a typical meal served in a cone made of leaves).

Portobelo — a trip to the port town, which used to be one of the most important settlements in South America in the colonial times. Sightseeing the ruins of the forts of Santiago de la Gloria, San Jeronimo, San Fernando and San Fernandino, the recently restored church of San Juan de Dios and the monastery of Padres Mercedarios. A drive through Colón. Price - approx. 50 USD.

A cruise through the Panama Canal — setting off on board of Pacific Queen boat from Flamenco Marina towards the entrance to the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean. In the background there is a beautiful panorama of Panama Bay and the city of Panama. Entering Miraflores Lake, then Pedro Miguel lock. Along the way you can see the new Centennial Bridge. The cruise continues through Gaillard Cut towards Gamboa. Getting off the boat at Gamboa Dredging Division. Transfer to hotel. Day trip. Price - approx. 188 USD (includes lunch and soft drinks). The route of the cruise is subject to change.

Anton Valley — a visit to a village located in the crater of an extinct volcano. Visiting the market with local handicrafts and lots of tropical flowers, fruits and vegetables. Then a short walk through the tropical rainforest and walk to El Chorro Macho waterfall. A visit to a local shelter, which is a place of convalescence for wild animals. The plan of the trip also includes El Nispero botanical garden, where you can see the golden frog, characteristic for this area. Price - approx. 68 USD.

Expedition on Lake Gatun — ride up to the observation tower on a roller coaster from where you can admire the beautiful tropical rainforest and Lake Gatun. Then, a visit to a place full of beautiful orchids, butterflies and terrariums with multi-coloured, poisonous frogs in the animal recovery centre. A boat trip on the Panama Canal via waterways formed between the islands. You can see several species of monkeys, birds, crocodiles and turtles here. Price - approx. 147 USD.

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

Panama Canal and Panama City Tour — the trip starts with a visit to the Miraflores Lock, where you will be able to take a look at the works involving the clearance of huge cargo ships. Then, a stroll at Casco Antiguo, the old part of the city entered into the UNESCO list, full of monuments, churches and squares commemorating important persons and events in the history of Panama. Half-day trip. Price - approx. 58 USD.

Panama Canal and Panama City Tour — the trip starts with a visit to the Miraflores Lock, where you will be able to take a look at the works involving the clearance of huge cargo ships. Visiting the remains of the Old Panama, entered into the UNESCO list - Panamá Viejo. Then, a stroll at Casco Antiguo, the old part of the city, also entered into the UNESCO list, full of monuments, churches and squares commemorating important persons and events in the history of Panama. Finally, a visit to the modern part of the city, a multi-cultural metropolis. Day trip. Price - approx. 80 USD.

Embera Indians — a kayak journey (approx. 1 hour) to the Embera Indian village in the tropical rainforest of Chagres National Park. Embera Indians are one of the many ethnic tribes that still live far away from civilization. Here you can learn about their culture, rituals and history, taste local cooking from the characteristic vessels or bijao leaves. A traditional dance show. Day trip. Price: approx. 89 USD (includes lunch - a typical meal served in a cone made of leaves).

Portobelo — a trip to the port town, which used to be one of the most important settlements in South America in the colonial times. Sightseeing the ruins of the forts of Santiago de la Gloria, San Jeronimo, San Fernando and San Fernandino, the recently restored church of San Juan de Dios and the monastery of Padres Mercedarios. A drive through Colón. Price - approx. 50 USD.

A cruise through the Panama Canal — setting off on board of Pacific Queen boat from Flamenco Marina towards the entrance to the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean. In the background there is a beautiful panorama of Panama Bay and the city of Panama. Entering Miraflores Lake, then Pedro Miguel lock. Along the way you can see the new Centennial Bridge. The cruise continues through Gaillard Cut towards Gamboa. Getting off the boat at Gamboa Dredging Division. Transfer to hotel. Day trip. Price - approx. 188 USD (includes lunch and soft drinks). The route of the cruise is subject to change.

Anton Valley — a visit to a village located in the crater of an extinct volcano. Visiting the market with local handicrafts and lots of tropical flowers, fruits and vegetables. Then a short walk through the tropical rainforest and walk to El Chorro Macho waterfall. A visit to a local shelter, which is a place of convalescence for wild animals. The plan of the trip also includes El Nispero botanical garden, where you can see the golden frog, characteristic for this area. Price - approx. 68 USD.

Expedition on Lake Gatun — ride up to the observation tower on a roller coaster from where you can admire the beautiful tropical rainforest and Lake Gatun. Then, a visit to a place full of beautiful orchids, butterflies and terrariums with multi-coloured, poisonous frogs in the animal recovery centre. A boat trip on the Panama Canal via waterways formed between the islands. You can see several species of monkeys, birds, crocodiles and turtles here. Price - approx. 147 USD.

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

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