3 Days in Panama City: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2015

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It's boom time in the bustling capital that some call "Central America's Singapore," where gleaming glass skyscrapers glow like the future beneath the swollen tropical moon. Just minutes from the crowded urban center, however, are palm-fringed white beaches, tropical islands, and protected jungle parks just waiting to be explored.

Day 1:
Beneath the City Lights

Begin your day on Amador Causeway, with magnificent city views. Next, immerse yourself in Panama's frenetic downtown, where the world's wares are on endless display. You can step back from this globalized future with a visit to the quiet ruins of Panamá Viejo, or recently revitalized colonial old town of Casco Viejo.

After taking in a museum or city beach, dance the night away.

Day 2: Cruise the Panama Canal

While the dream tour is a ten-hour, full-transit cruise along the full length of the Canal, other options include half-transit trips and even shorter jaunts to one of the islands scattered across Lake Gatún.

Be sure to begin your Canal trip at enormous Miraflores Locks, with magnificent views and a museum that prepares you to appreciate the magnitude of this remarkable human accomplishment.

Day 3: Trek through the Jungle

Panama City is close to some of the most easily accessible tropical forests in the Americas, beginning with Parque Natural Metropolitano, which even shoestring travelers can enjoy. More adventurous visitors could head north to the protected rainforests of Soberania National Park and Barro Colorado, both perfect for a day trip.

If you prefer your untamed nature complete with coral reefs, however, Isla Contadora and the Pearl Islands are for you.

Tours & Tickets

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Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores Locks

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

From USD $98.99

Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 4-7 hours

From USD $104.99
From USD $64.99

Panama City Folkloric Show and Dinner

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $109.99
From USD $169.99

Portobelo by Rail and Gatun Locks Full-Day Tour from Panama City

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $279.99

Day Trip to Anton Valley: Hiking, Hot Springs and Nispero Zoo

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $229.99

Sir Francis Drake Island Full-Day Scuba Diving Adventure

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 14 hours

From USD $269.99

Two Oceans in One Day for Certificate Divers from Panama

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $224.70

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