11 days in Panama Itinerary

11 days in Panama Itinerary

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11 days in Panama Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Panama City
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Bocas Town, Isla Colon
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Colon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Portobelo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Budapest

4
nights
Panama City

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, and take in the views from Bridge of the Americas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip itinerary builder app .

Budapest, Hungary to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Budapest to Panama City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Panama City is much warmer than Budapest - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

2
nights
Bocas Town, Isla Colon

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): have fun and explore at Plastic Bottle Village, kick back and relax at Starfish Beach, and then kick back and relax at Boca del Drago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Bocas Town online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Panama City in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bocas Town: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colon.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

2
nights
Colon

Colon ©
Founded in the 1850s by Americans building the country's first railroad, Colon is now one of the largest duty-free ports in the world.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Fort San Lorenzo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Aguas Clara Locks Visitor Center and then make a trip to Gatun Locks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colon online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bocas Town to Colon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Portobelo.

Things to do in Colon

Historic Sites
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Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Panamá-Canal Railroad

1
night
Portobelo

The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): learn about all things military at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Portobelo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colon to Portobelo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portobelo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo ©

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