The phenomenon of the Panama Canal is probably the most famous highlight, but this country has a lot more to offer!

  • San Blas eilanden | Panama
    San Blas eilanden | Panama

    The Kuna Yala. Also called San Blas

  • Colorful Panama
    Colorful Panama

  • Bocas del Toro | Panama
    Bocas del Toro | Panama

    The small town of Bocas del Toro is located on a peninsula in the southeast of the island Colón, the northernmost island of the archipelago of the Caribbean north coast of Panama.

  • Darién | Panama
    Darién | Panama

    Darien is a province of Panama, located in the east of the country near the border with Colombia. The capital is the city of La Palma.De province has more than 40,000 inhabitants.

  • Panamanian golden frog
    Panamanian golden frog

    Atelopus Zeteki; critically endangered toad species.

  • National costumes in Panama.
    National costumes in Panama.

    Girls and women have Pollera until the age of 16 and then another one for adulthood.

  • Panama Canal
    Panama Canal

    A piece of the Panama Canal. This is more than 81 km long.

Panama borders on Costa Rica in the north and Colombia in the south. Its inlands are made up out of rough mountainous areas, beautiful hilly landscapes and tropical jungle whereas the coastal areas are more flat.

Combining a trip to Panama with Costa Rica is highly recommendable and offers the perfect mix of nature and culture. Panama is very diverse and this doesn’t just show in the landscape but also in the mix of cultures from Spain, France, Africa and Asia. Furthermore there are still 7 native cultures to be found in the country.
Because the country is relatively small, travelling here is pleasant, the distances are short and the roads are good. You can easily explore this country with a rental car.

KLM offers direct flights from Amsterdam to Panama City so you can start your holiday pleasantly and comfortably. Please keep in mind that Panama is not a cheap country for travellers when it comes to accommodation, transfers and excursions. Daily expenses however, are low.


In the thinly populated east lies Darién, Panama’s largest province and the natural border between Central and South America. This province as a whole is a protected nature reserve and is one of 14 protected nature reserves on UNESCO’s world heritage list. With over half a million hectares this is the largest rainforest reserve in Central America, and it’s the Amazon’s little brother. This rainforest is so dense that the Pan-American Highway is suddenly discontinued for 87 km. This discontinuation is called the Darién Gap.

Besides the bio diversity, the attraction of Darién is its inhabitants, the Mogue Embera Indians. This community lives deep in the inhospitable jungle of Darién and is averse to all modern civilization. A fairly big contrast with the Panama Canal and very typical for Panama’s diversity as a destination! For you as a traveller it is possible to stay with this tribe for a few days to learn about their culture and customs.

The Pearl Islands

The exotic Pearl Islands, called ‘Archipelago de las Perlas’ in Spanish, are only a short distance away from the capitol and they are a true paradise. The Archipelago is made up out of 200 big and small islands and owes its name to the pearls traded there in the past by pirates such as Henry Morgan and Balboa. Pearls are still sold there, but the main attractions are the turquoise water, the lush vegetation, the many tropical birds, the underwater world and the pearly white beaches. 

From 10 June Copa Airlines flies from Panama City to Curaçao 4 x a week!


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