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10 Days in Panamá: A Journey of Discovery

Laura Schuhmann

Laura Schuhmann

4 Jan 2024

Embark on a thrilling adventure through Panamá, exploring ancient marvels, pristine beaches, and vibrant cityscapes. Discover the rich history of the Panama Canal, soak up the sun at Playa Venao, and immerse yourself in the cultural treasures of the city. Join us on this unforgettable journey!

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Day 1Marvels of Miraflores and Canal Administration
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$50

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Miraflores Visitor's Center
Panama Canal visitor center with exhibits, food & decks for watching ships pass through the locks.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
$50
15 - 18 min

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Edificio de La Administración del Canal de Panamá
1914 Panama Canal Administration Building with rotunda murals showing laborers building the canal.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Free
Day 2Unveiling the Secrets of Old Panama and Biomuseo
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$63

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Old Panama
Founded in 1519, the archaeological ruins of old Panama include a museum & a bell observation tower.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
$25
25 - 30 min

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Biomuseo
Whimsical museum structure by the renowned Frank Gehry with 8 galleries on Panama's biodiversity.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$38
Day 3Sun, Sand, and History at Playa Venao and Plaza Simón Bolívar
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Playa Venao
Long white-sand beach, a popular surf break, lined with laid-back resorts & restaurants.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
341 - 410 min

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Plaza Simón Bolívar
Cafe-filled plaza dating from colonial times, renamed in 1883 for independence hero Simon Bolivar.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Free
Day 4Nature's Wonders at Punta Culebra and Panama Canal Museum
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Punta Culebra Nature Center
Museum focused on marine life featuring a sea turtle pond, frog exhibit & trails into the forest.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
$25
17 - 21 min

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Panama Canal Museum
This stately museum offers exhibits on the building of the Panama Canal that joined two oceans.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$25
Day 5Serenity and Spirituality at Parque Municipal Summit and Metropolitan Cathedral
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Parque Municipal Summit
Botanical garden with a variety of tropical plants plus a zoo with monkeys, jaguars & other animals.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
37 - 45 min

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Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria the Ancient
Large stone church completed in 1796 after a century of construction, with looming twin bell towers.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Free
Day 6Island Paradise at Flamenco Island
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Flamenco Island
Islet connected to the mainland by causeway, with a marina, outdoor cafes & landmark "Panama" sign.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
Day 7Exploring Biodiversity at Metropolitan Natural Park and Church of the Mercy
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Metropolitan Natural Park
Urban wildlife refuge offering easy-to-moderate trails, picnic areas & dedicated lookout points.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
13 - 16 min

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Church of the Mercy
Small Casco Viejo church whose circa-1680 baroque facade is one of the city's oldest structures.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Free
Day 8Nature Retreat at Parque Omar and Ancon Hill
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Parque Omar
Large green space offering a natural retreat for city dwellers, with a playground & colorful murals.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Free
19 - 23 min

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Ancon Hill
This tall hill overlooking Panama City features a nature reserve with sloths, deer & other wildlife.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free
Day 9Trekking through History at Parque Nacional Camino de Cruces and Palacio de Las Garzas
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Parque Nacional Camino de Cruces
This 9,000-acre tropical forest preserve with walking trails offers lush greenery & wildlife.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Free
25 - 30 min

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Palacio de Las Garzas
This stately 1673 palace is the presidential office & residence, with African herons on the grounds.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Free
Day 10Art, Architecture, and Culture at Church of the Society of Jesus, MAC Panamá, and Museo Afroantillano de Panamá
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$38

Church of the Society of Jesus
Iconic baroque church, built from 1605–1765, known for its elaborately carved, gilded interior.
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Free
MAC Panamá | Museum of Contemporary Art
Modest contemporary-art museum showcasing works from Panamanian & Latin American artists.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
$25
9 - 14 min

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Museo Afroantillano de Panamá
Museum tracing the role of Antilleans in Panama, including the building of the canal & railways.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
$13