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 94 Reviews

See the best of Panama City — from sea level to hilltop, canal to islands — on this full-day sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable local guide, who will regale ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.99

Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and visit the most important sites and landmarks of Panama. Tour both the historical and modern areas of Panama City and visit ...  Read more

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

From USD $104.99

Taste of Panama City: Walking Tour with Food and Drinks in Casco Viejo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Eat and drink your way through Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo district, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter, which dates back to the 1670s and is ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.99

Rainforest Aerial Tram, Gamboa Tower and Forest Exhibitions Day Trip from Panama City

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Discover nature from the sky and ground on this unique eco-tour from Panama City. Ride on the rainforest aerial tram and ascend 280 feet (85 meters) to the ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.99

Panama City Folkloric Show and Dinner

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Enjoy an evening at an authentic Panama City folkloric show, which features local dancers and acoustic music. Marvel at the intricately decorated ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99

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

Calling all nature lovers! Get out of Panama City for the day and explore Anton Valley, an area rich in wildlife and biodiversity, with the world's only ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $229.99

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Combine two of Panama's most famous cultural attractions on a full-day rail and coach tour from Panama City. First, travel by train to the UNESCO-declared city ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $279.99

Sir Francis Drake Island Full-Day Scuba Diving Adventure

Visit Portobelo Bay, on Panama’s northern coast, and dive into the historic waters surrounding Sir Francis Drake Island. The water in Portobelo Bay is crystal ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $269.99

Two Oceans in One Day for Certificate Divers from Panama

Panama offers both, a vivid and colorful submarine world of the Atlantic Ocean with clear Caribbean waters and also the vast and mysterious Pacific Ocean. Join ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $224.70

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