Luxury Panama Itinerary

The Best of Panama - ¡Ayala vida!

2 week Panama itinerary: So much to do and see in such a small country! A staggering diversity of natural landscapesfrom rainforests, rugged mountains, wave-swept beaches, beautiful underwater coral and thousands of untouched islands make up this uniquely biodiverse natural landbridge between the Americas. 

Looking at Panama City’s modern skyline may remind you of Miami, but this is a land with a prolific history and culture and Casco Viejo, the old area of the city overlooking the bay of Panama, is rich with beautiful hotels, restaurants and bars for visitors to enjoy. 

You’ll canoe the Gatun River to meet Embera Quera’s indigenous community and discover their traditional ways before enjoying a lunch and dance performance, then support the community by purchasing local handicrafts or getting a temporary traditional tattoo! 

Bocas del Toro is a haven for wildlife, including sloths and manatees, and you can stroll, snorkel, scuba or surf amongst its wildlife and coral reefs, while back in Bocas Town, enjoy the laid-back Caribbean vibe, colourful wooden houses, waterfront bars and fresh-seafood restaurants. Observe migratory marine and bird life at Bird Island, before heading to Boca del Drago and the Playa Estrella “pool” for swimming, snorkelling and lunch on the beach. 

In the village of Boquete, you’ll see pristine rivers, waterfalls and the famous Baru volcano from high above, on a 3-kilometre zipline, or hike amongst its more than 220 bird species, howler monkeys, white faced capuchins and two-toed sloths. Then take a couple of days at Isla Palenque, enjoying activities like fishing and foraging for food for the chef to prepare your meal; or an island-hopping adventure, visiting secret beaches, with soaring palm trees and coral reefs for snorkelling, before… ¡Ayala vida! – it’s time to head home. 


December- April


From GBP £6,975 USD $8,300 pp excl. flights


14 days


14 hours 6 mins from London
5 hours 20 mins From NYC


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Where you'll go

Panama City

Bocas del Toro



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Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.

The itinerary

City Tour and Miraflores Locks

See huge container vessels lifted and lowered in the mighty Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal, before witnessing history in the making as the immense new locks are constructed. Appreciate Panama’s history in Casco Viejo, the city’s Old Quarter, crowded with colonial houses, narrow roads and impressive churches, before travelling to Panama Viejo, the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas.

Visit the Embera Village

Take a hollowed tree trunk canoe through the jungle to visit an indigenous community on the banks of Gatun Lake. After the tribe welcome you at the pier the chief explains their tribe’s traditions, cultures, beliefs and handicrafts. Lunch is then served, before witnessing a traditional dance and the opportunity to support the village and children by purchasing handicrafts or getting a temporary Embera tattoo with ink from a local fruit!

Starfish beach, Boca del Drago and Bird Island Tour

Take a boat to Bird Island and observe the variety of marine life and birds that migrate to the region each year. The mainland coast and mountains serve as an exquisite visual background while Boca del Drago is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and lunch on the beach. Then Starfish Beach and the Playa Estrella “pool” provide a chance to see starfish, as well as swimming, snorkelling and nature-watching.

Zipline Canopy

Zipline through the treetops of ancient forests, above the pristine rivers, waterfalls and landscapes bordering the National Park La Amistad and Baru volcano. With a length of 2 miles (3 km) and divided into 12 cables and 14 platforms built in the middle of the cloud forest, this is technology used hundreds of years ago by the indigenous people before being perfected by botanists and naturalists to study the behaviours of wild creatures in their natural habitat.

Giant Millenary Quercus Tree Hike

Retrace the steps of pre-Columbian Indians, hiking through virgin cloud forest around the Baru Volcano, home to five of the most ancient trees in Panama, even surviving a volcanic eruption 800 years ago. With more than 220 bird species in the area, including the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, birding opportunities are abundant, and there’s a chance to spot howler monkeys, white faced capuchins and two-toed sloths.

Activities at Isla Palenque

Experience an Island Foraging Experience at Isla Palenque, using artisanal fishing techniques and picking local fruits and vegetables from the island’s orchard and rainforest trails before Chef prepares your haul using ingredients from local markets. Then set sail, island-hopping the Gulf of Chiriqui’s stunning islets, snorkelling amongst iconic crescent moon beaches, soaring palm trees and coral reefs, and enjoy a picnic basket on your secret island while watching for Humpback whales.

The itinerary


Where to stay

Nothing but the best. On this suggested Panama itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.

Amarla Hotel, Casa Viejo, Panama City

Once a historic colonial home, this boutique hotel in easy walking distance of the city’s highlights, mixes old-world charm with modern amenities, including a rooftop jacuzzi looking onto Casco Viejo and Panama Bay.

Two fantastic dining experiences are offered – sit in the open kitchen listening to the crackle of the open fire and watch dishes come to life; or dine on the patio under shaded palm trees and flowering orchids, enjoying delights crafted by chefs in the Panamanian 'farm to fire' method.


La Coralina Island House, Bocas del Toro

This boutique hotel offers a haven of tranquillity and breathtaking waterfront views from its secluded island setting by the pristine waters of the Caribbean.

A short stroll to white-sand beaches where you can bask in the sun, take a refreshing dip, snorkel, scuba, or surf, as well as a fantastic restaurant that takes guests on an exciting culinary journey with a fusion of Panamanian and Caribbean flavours.


Panamonte Inn, Boquete

A perfect Boquete, its mountain and forest scenery and rich coffee and fruit plantations, this property is over 100-years old and boasts wonderfully maintained gardens teeming with birdlife and butterflies.

Rooms include terraces to enjoy breakfast in the open air and, because the high-altitude temperatures drop at night, fireplaces are lit to keep guests warm and cosy in the evenings. It’s also the perfect place to combine nature and adventure, with nearby white-water rafting, hiking, birding, riding and canopy tours available.


Isla Palenque, Chiriqui

A pristine and secluded tropical paradise in the Gulf of Chiriquí, this private island offers 400 acres of hidden waterfalls, breathtaking views and lush rainforests teeming with exotic wildlife and flora – all accessible via local hiking trails.

A coastline of crystal-clear waters meeting golden sand is perfect for sunbathing and swimming, snorkelling, paddleboarding, kayaking, scuba-diving and whale watching. Accommodations range from elegant beachfront villas to treehouse suites, while the island's spa offers rejuvenating treatments in the natural beauty of the rainforest, and farm-to-table dining experiences highlight local ingredients and fresh seafood.


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