Nestled between South America and Central America, Panama is often one of those underrated spots that people tend to overlook as a tourist destination. But what you are missing out on is the fact that Panama is a treasure trove of amazing adventures that are waiting to be explored.
From exploring the water bodies on a cruise through the Panama Canal to ziplining through the forests, the list of activities is pretty much endless. The scenic beauty of this place is adorned with lush greenery and crystal-clear waters.
As a nature lover, exploring Panama should be at the top of your bucket list. This article will explore some of the most amazing adventures you can explore in Panama.
Explore the Panama Canal
While you are in Panama, the first thing in the itinerary should be to explore the Panama Canal. It is regarded as one of the best “engineering feats in history” and rightfully so. When in Panama, this is the absolute first thing you need to do.
The best way to explore the Panama Canal is by taking a boat and traveling through the canal as you admire the impressive locks that act as a passageway for giant ships.
Zipline through the forest
If you aren’t afraid of heights and want to test your luck exploring the green forests, Ziplining is an activity you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
For those who aren’t aware, Panama is home to some of the most breathtaking rainforests in the world. And, if you want to explore the beauty of it from a height, a zipline is a great way of achieving that. This is one of those activities that get your adrenaline pumping all the while providing a unique perspective on things.
Snorkel or dive in the Caribbean Sea
Another unique yet popular activity to indulge in the Caribbean Sea is snorkeling or diving into the sea. The Caribbean Sea is located off the coast of Panama.
But, the best part of this one-of-a-kind underwater experience is the marine life you get to explore underwater. Underneath the stunning crystal-clear water, there’s a whole different life out there.
Surf the Pacific waves
This isn’t for the faint of heart or for people who aren’t trained. However, if you are a good surfer and want to work against the humongous waves thrashing against the shore of the beaches on the Pacific Ocean, this is an activity you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
What’s great is that there are training spots for beginners too if you want to dance against the waves. It will take a lot of work and precaution though.
La Piedra Lino Hike
It may be considered one of the less strenuous hikes in Boquete regarding geographical distance, but it will tax the muscles the hardest! This 1.3 km walk included a severe rise in altitude of 434 meters. In other words, you move up one meter for every three meters you move forward. The trek is worthwhile, though, for the vantage point of Boquete from the highest cliff.
Lino’s rock is referred to as La Piedra De Lino. Only four km separated the modest Boquete neighborhood of Lino from the town’s center. As you climb to the pinnacle of the rock, there is plenty to look at, including flowers, fruit, and glances at the scenery.
Panama is home to 1000 bird species, including 59 different hummingbird species and the rarely seen quetzal.
The gorgeous birds are found in unbelievable quantities in Panama. Pipeline Road, the Panama Rainforest Discovery Centre, Soberania National Park, La Amistad International Park, Sendero de Los Quetzales, Chagres National Park, and Darien National Park are a few of the most widely recognized spots for bird watching. If you are planning on moving to Panama or even just traveling, you can be assured of ample birding opportunities.
The dazzling quetzal, the large green or scarlet macaw, the keel-billed toucan, the smaller violetear, the harpy eagle, the armored aracari, or one of the 320 distinct kinds of hummingbirds are among the most exciting creatures to spot. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars.
Panama has almost 1400 islands. There is plenty for every style of beach explorer, with a diverse selection of fauna, an exhilarating nightlife, white-sand beaches, and unmatched scenery.
Bocas Del Toro is undoubtedly the most widely recognized, giving you a genuinely Caribbean Island adventure. There are nine islands in the easily accessible island series. Several bird-watching opportunities exist, including calm coastlines, bars, and eateries. If you want to break free, check out the iconic Nasty Fridays, the first and only island-hopping party cruise in Central America.
Trek to Baru Volcano
The Baru Volcano, a sizable dynamic volcano that soars to about 4000 meters in height, can be seen from Boquete’s lofty top.
Although it’s an exhausting and tiresome trek, the hike to the Baru Volcano from Boquete is one of the most enjoyable activities to do in Panama.
You may enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, down to the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, on the most renowned trail, a 6-hour walk from the city.
Discover El Valle de Anton
Visit El Valle de Anton to view the world’s second-largest populated volcano crater for an unforgettable trip. A little settlement called The Valley can be located within the cavity of a dormant volcano.
It’s a beautiful site for trekking, and because it’s colder than the adjoining shorelines, it’s starting to draw visitors from Panama City.
Several serene lakes and many Central American continent streams surround Panama. So, there are many chances for you to take pleasure in kayaking in Panama. By kayaking, you may take in the nation’s stunning natural splendor. Try your kayaking prowess while seeing a picturesque sunset from the middle of a gorgeous lake. Take advantage of the opportunity to kayak in the Chiriqui River and view breathtaking landscapes and wildlife here.
Where to Stay in Panama
I recommend staying at Bristol Panama. If you’re a luxury traveler (or just someone who really appreciates fancy things), then this place should be on your radar. I’m talkin’ high-end everything – swanky rooms, top-notch dining, and all the little luxuries that’ll make you feel like royalty. And let’s be real, who doesn’t want to feel like royalty every now and then? So, whether you’re looking to splurge on a special occasion or just want to treat yourself, the Bristol Panama is the place to stay! Check rates on Hotels.com and on Expedia.
Panama is a paradise for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. With so many different types of adventure activities available, it becomes challenging for you to leave one and choose one. So, if you are planning to visit Panama on your next vacation, plan things ahead of time, pack your bags accordingly, and make a comprehensive itinerary so you can try out different things during your stay there.