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Top Day Trips from Panama City

By Viator, January 2018

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Panama is rich with colorful wildlife, a thick jungle, teeming rainforest, and the man-made marvel of the Panama Canal. As the country's capital, Panama City serves as a prime home base for exploring the rest of the country. Here are the top day trip destinations from Panama City.

Monkey Island — 30 miles (48 km) away
Visitors wanting to see Lake Gatun and Soberania National Park can book a tour for the chance to see both local wildlife (including the monkeys for which the island is named) and an Indian village. Spot a wide variety of monkeys and birds, and learn more about local indigenous culture along Chagres River.

Portobelo — 60 miles (97 km) away
The port city of Portobelo in the Colon province charms with its fort that dates back to the 17th century (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), pirate backstory (Henry Morgan attacked the area in the 1600s), and tropical scenery. From Portobelo, a visit to a nearby island is just a short boat ride away, adding a relaxing element to a visit in the historic town. Tour Portobelo from Panama City via rail or minibus.

El Valle de Antón — 80 miles (128 km) away
An adventurous day in El Valle includes visits to see waterfalls, natural thermal pools, jungle hiking trails, local wildlife, and handicraft markets. Plus, it’s all set against the backdrop of a beautiful dormant volcano.

San Blas Islands — 150 miles (240 km) away
A mere two hours away from the city, the crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches of the San Blas Islands offer some of the best waterfront scenery in all of the Panamanian Caribbean. A San Blas day trip from Panama City often includes boat tours, meals, and hotel pickup.

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Soberania National Park, Monkey Island and Indian Village from Panama City, Panama City, null
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Soberania National Park, Monkey Island and Indian Village from Panama City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Panama City and experience the jungle. Visit Soberania National Park and Monkey Island before stopping at an ...  Read more

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

From USD $140.00
Authentic Embera Indian Village Tour, Panama City, Day Trips
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Authentic Embera Indian Village Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This tour was designed for you to step aboard a time machine and travel back more than 600 years; to a Central America only few have had the privilege of ...  Read more

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

From USD $154.99
Portobelo and Caribbean Island Tour from Panama City, Panama City, Day Trips
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Portobelo and Caribbean Island Tour from Panama City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

From Panama city this tour is the easiest and economic way to visit the Caribbean coast of Panama and simultaneously visit and know the rich history of ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.00
Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion, Panama City, ... 
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Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Visit the Caribbean Rainforest, learn the San Lorenzo Fort history and observe the new Panama Canal Locks.  Panama is home to 159 species of mammals, 98 ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.00
Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City, Panama City, Day Trips
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Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour from Panama City

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Small group tour of Lake Gatun and Soberania National Park, searching for wildlife and visiting an indigenous village. This is a great combo of 2 popular ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.00
Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City, Panama City, Day Trips
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Day Trip to El Valle Anton from Panama City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

You will travel to an unique community that is actually created within a huge dormant volcano. From El Valle we will be able to relax in the thermal mud baths, ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.00
San Blas Island-Hopping Day Trip from Panama City, Panama City, Day Trips
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San Blas Island-Hopping Day Trip from Panama City

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Just two hours from Panama City, you able to visit the San Blas Paradisiac Islands. Enjoy crystal clear waters, snorkeling among reefs and coral.  ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Day Trip to El Valle de Antón, Panama City, Day Trips
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Day Trip to El Valle de Antón

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

The Anton Valley is also known as the home of the eternal spring because of its pleasant climate and flowering plants all year round. It’s an exceptional ...  Read more

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

From USD $145.00
Portobelo by Rail and Gatun Locks Full-Day Tour from Panama City, Panama City, Day Trips
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Portobelo by Rail and Gatun Locks Full-Day Tour from Panama City

4 star rating: Recommended 3 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
Day Trip to Portobelo Ruins and Beach, Panama City, Rail Tours
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Day Trip to Portobelo Ruins and Beach

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Enjoy your day in our private island on the Caribbean and then we take you to a brief tour through Portobelo’s ruins at Portobelo National Park.

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $117.70

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