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Panama self drive holiday

Our organized holidays to Panama are perfect for everyone who would like to visit this country. But adventures people can also choose for a self drive holiday in Panama. During the 15 days of this vacation you will visit all the highlights of this beautiful country. A rental car with insurances is included, so you do not have to get your own insurances.

Itinerary of a Panama self drive holiday

Day 1

This sample itinerary begins with the arrival at the Tocumen international airport. Our driver will be awaiting you for your transfer to hotel the Bristol. The coming 2 nights you will stay here in a relaxed atmosphere.

Day 2

Today is a free day to explore Panama City, a very diverse place to explore. Obviously you should visit the Panama Canal at the Miraflores visitors' center, but there is so much more. Stroll around the colonial part at San Felipe, walk to the top of Cerro Ancon for the best view over the city while being able to spot monkeys, sloth, agoutis, toucans and a lot of other tropical birds right in the center of Panama. Visit the ´Parque Metropolitano´ for some nice hiking in the tropical forest, go for lunch or dinner at the ´Calzado de Amador´, where you should not forget to visit to the Bio museum or visit the ruins of Panama la Vieja, where Panama was first founded before it was destroyed by pirates.

You can do this on your own or we can arrange a private city tour.

Day 3

This day you will head to El Valle de Anton, which is completely located in an old volcano crater. After breakfast our driver will bring you from your hotel to the rental car company, where you will receive your rental car.

From Panama City it's a small 2 hours' drive to El Valle de Anton where you will stay for 2 nights at the cozy Park Eden B&B.

The coming days you can do some beautiful hiking, go horse riding or do a canopy zip line tour. Besides El Valle de Anton is also renowned for its ´square trees´ and its ´golden frog´

Day 4 Free day to explore El Valle de Anton.
Day 5

Today you will leave El Valle de Anton to head to Pedasi on the Azuero Peninsula. The Azuero Peninsula is the cultural heart of Panama and it seems like time stood still here. The pace is relaxed which makes it a great place to reload your batteries. The coming 2 nights we booked a double room for you at the boutique hotel Casa de Campo Pedasi.

From here you can visit Iguana island, go scuba diving, (kite) surfing or book a turtle excursion or go whale watching in the season. We can also book you a very nice cultural excursion, ask us for this option.

Day 6 Free day to explore Pedasi
Day 7 The next destination is Boca Chica which is about a 5 hour drive. Here we will book a room at the Seagull cove boutique hotel. The accommodation has a beautiful view over the Gulf of Chiriqui with its many small islands just of the coast. It will be a pleasure to stay here the coming 2 nights.
Day 8 Free day to explore the Gulf of Chiriquí. The hotel offers nice (boat) excursions to beautiful small islands. How about a pick-nick on a private island with golden beaches and palm trees that surround you.
Day 9 Today you will go from the Boca Chica to the mountain town Cerro Punta, at an altitude of around 2000m above sea level. Cerro Punta lies at the feet of the Volcan Baru and the Amistad national park. For the coming 2 nights we will reserve a nice room here. The hotel is beautifully located right in the middle of nature. Around 220 different bird species can be found here among others the Resplendid Quetzal, the holy bird of the Maya´s.
Day 10 Free day to explore the surrounding area. You can go and climb the only volcano in Panama, go horseback riding, visit the Amistad national park (the only national park which lies in both Panama and Costa Rica and for that reason has the special name of ´friendship park´, learn all there is to know about coffee during a coffee excursion or do some nice hiking near the hotel.
Day 11

After breakfast you will drive to the Malek airport in David where you will hand in your rental car. After this our driver will bring you to the small harbor town of Almirante from where you go with the local (speed) boat to Isla Colon. It's a very beautiful journey from David to Almirante. It will take you through the hilly country side where you will see many Ngobe Bugle indigenous communities and you will as well pass the ´continental divide´.

When you have reached the Bocas del Toro archipelago you will sense a completely different ambiance belonging to the Caribbean. We have booked you 3 nights here at the Gran hotel Bahia hotel.
Day 12 + 13

These days you can explore the archipelago on your own. A good way to do this is by doing a boat excursion where you will try to spot dolphins at dolphin bay, visit the mangrove forest, go snorkeling to discover the spectacular underwater world and bring a visit to red frog beach, named after the tiny poisoned dart frog.

It's also very nice to rent a bicycle and explore the Main Island, Colon Island. You will be rewarded with some great beaches such as sea star beach, Bluff beach, and Punch beach. Surfing and scuba diving are also practiced a lot on Bocas del Toro or you can relax with a tropical cocktail and enjoy some Calypso music.
Day 14 We will book for you the afternoon flight from Bocas del Toro to Panama city. After a one hour flight you will arrive in Panama city where our driver will be awaiting you to bring you to The Bristol hotel for your last night in Panama City
Day 15 This example itinerary ends with a private transfer from the Bristol hotel to the Tocumen international airport.