Panama tours and custom travel programs for individuals, couples, families and groups.

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Explorations is proud to offer outstanding adventures and holiday vacations that highlight the very best that Panama has to offer in addition to custom itineraries. Tour packages allow you to experience the Panama Canal, tropical rainforests, mountain cloudforests, towering volcanoes, tropical beaches, scenic rivers, wildlife sanctuaries, colorful gardens, country towns, native cultures, and more.

We specialize in customizing itineraries with private services for couples, families, and groups.


Click below for tour options:

PAMAMA & COSTA RICA CRUISE
8 Day/7 Night Itinerary
(on the 178-feet sailboat, the Panorama)

PANAMA HOLIDAY
8 Day/7 Night Itinerary
Features 7 nights in one hotel with tours to Panama Vieja, Casco Antiguo, Panama Canal & Miraflores Visitor Center, partial Canal Transit, Lake Gatun, Portobello, Panama Canal Railroad, Chagres National Park, Embera Indian Village, and more!

PANAMA ECOTOUR
9 Day/8 Night Itinerary
This tour features Barro Colorado, Lake Gatun and Panama Canal, Boquette, Volcan Baru National Park's Quetzal Trail, Bocas Del Toro, and Bastimentos National Park.

PANAMA BIRDING
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14 Day/13 Night Itinerary
This tour features excellent bird watching opportunities in Soberania National Park, San Lorenzo National Park, Metropolitan Park, Panama Vieja, Parque International La Amistad and Los Quetzales, the Darien, and the Panama Canal Zone.

DISCOVER PANAMA
7 Day/6 Night Itinerary
This tour features the Panama Canal, Colonial Portobelo, and the San Blas Archipelago, Kuna Lodge.

PANAMA NATURE & BEACH
8 Day/7 Night Itinerary
This tour features the Panama Canal, Embera village, Chagres and Soberania National Parks, and all-inclusive resort on the Pacific Coast.

ENJOY PANAMA
12 Day/11 Night Itinerary
This tour features the Panama Canal, El Valle de Anton, Pacific Coast beach all-inclusive resort, Boquette, and Bocas Del Toro.

PANAMA FISHING
7 Day/6 Night Itinerary
This tour features the Panama Canal and freshwater fishing in both Gatun Lake and saltwater fishing in the Pearl Islands.

PANAMA CITY DAY TOURS
Sample of day tours available from Panama City

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Rambala Jungle Lodge
For those traveling independently, you may want to visit our friends at the Rambala Jungle Lodge. Mention us at Explorations for a discount :)


For those wishing to extend your stay or customize your own unique itinerary, we can accommodate! Call and we can prepare a special quote for a trip to include your favorite activities or just a few extra days for relaxation and personal exploration. Options include river rafting excursions, horseback riding, mountain biking, trekking, turtle and whale watching, water sports, exotic nature lodges and sportfishing. We can also arrange just airfare, transfers, and hotel accommodations for an independent visit. Research locations for field-schools are also available.

Call or email for custom itineraries ranging from luxury hotels to camping. Travel to Panama and see for yourself - why over a million visit each year and why so many “retire” to Panama. Panama has become the new preferred destination for people seeking to enjoy life at its purest with a modern and vibrant city combined with culture, beaches, indian tribes, rainforest, adventure and more... Panama is definitely much more than a Canal.


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WHY CHOOSE PANAMA FOR YOUR VACATION?


Panama is the perfect place for ecotourism and ethnotourism.
Panama has some of the world's most beautiful and biodiverse rainforests. As one indicator of biodiversity, Panama has more bird species than the US and Canada combined: 976. Furthermore, some of the best forests are located only 30 minutes from Panama City. Panama has not one, but 7 colorful indigenous tribes right out of the pages of National Geographic. Each of them has preserved its own fascinating lifestyle. Many live in accessible locations and are happy to share their life and culture with visitors.
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Panama is the ideal destination for specialized activities such as birdwatching, fishing, snorkeling, sailing and diving.
One place in Panama, Bahia Pina, holds 170 world fishing records. There are five world-class diving and snorkeling areas- Bocas del Toro, Coiba Island, the Pearl Islands, Isla Grande and for historical diving, the Panama Canal itself. Pipeline Road, the scene of a world record (350 bird species counted in one day) is scarcely a half an hour from Panama City. In Panama, you can get very close to the best of tropical nature without traveling long distances, giving up your creature comforts or putting yourself in any kind of danger.

Panama is safe.
In fact, Panama is one of the safest tourist destinations anywhere. Panama was rated by the prestigious Pinkerton Intelligence Agency in the highest category for tourist safety. The crime rate is very low. Unlike other places in Latin American, most taxi drivers are honest and crimes that plague foreigners in other countries like purse-snatching and pick pocketing are rare. Panama City is a combination of Manhattan, Miami, and Las Vegas blended with Latin American flavor and style.

Panama is tourist friendly with a first world infrastructure.
Panama has a sophisticated service-based economy, tap water you can drink, high quality services, excellent roads and highways. There is a long tradition of service to foreigners as an international crossroads city and the educated populace speaks English as a second language. Calculating the value of the local currency versus the American dollar? No problem! The currency of Panama IS the American dollar! Serious political difficulties are a thing of the past and Panama now has one of Latin America's most exemplary democracies. USA and Canadian citizens only need a passport and a free tourist card for entry.

Panama has a wide selection of beaches, island venues and activities.
With two coasts (Pacific and Caribbean), countless islands and Caribbean style beaches, there is much to choose from for beach vacations: full service resorts, exotic off-the-beaten-track getaways (Bocas del Toro), Indigenous reservation islands (San Blas) and Coiba Island a paradise for divers!

Panama’s natural history.
Small tropical country in size but huge in biodiversity, Panama offers the visitor an incredible and exuberant natural variety. An abundant vegetation and colorful variety of animals, gives you the opportunity to experience countryside vitality and the abundant Panamanian tropic.  The ecologic richness is inherent of what lives in this biological bridge of numerous species which move between North and South America, since three million years ago. The contact with nature in this tropical paradise is a gratifying experience to whoever visits this country, which has destined more than 30% of the national territory to natural reserves.

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The Cultures of Panama

Panama owns a cultural multiplicity that makes it unique in the region, one of the biggest contributors to this cultural richness is the constant presence of visitors from all parts of the world. The origin of this singular cultural mix is without a doubt the crossroads characteristic of the country. In addition, the intense connection of Panama with the sea makes it very similar to an island of the Caribbean.
 
Being a point of contact and a crossing site, this small strip of land is considered a true crucible of races. With almost 3 and a half million inhabitants, its population is compounded 67% of mestizos (amerindian with targets) and mulatos (white with black), 14% blacks, 10% whites, amerindian 6% (indigenous) and a 3% of people are from varied ethnic origins. This mixture is particularly rich, because although it comes from cultural origins and very diverse traditions, the mixture has been stimulated by the atmosphere of tolerance and harmony that always has reigned in the territory.
 
Although the free religious creed is respected, the population of the country mainly professes catholicism, this religion is deeply bound to the traditions and cultural expressions. In the interior of the country, for example, the greatest celebrations are related to diverse saints. These saints are even denominated as the owners of different towns. One of the greatest celebrations relating to cultural and catholic beliefs is the Carnival of Panama. The Carnival is a massive celebration of four days that precedes to the Cuaresma.
 
Also an important part of the cultural wealth of the country are the traditions of the seven indigenous groups of Panama. These groups are based in semi-independent territories, in these territories they maintain the cheers and celebrations of their ancestral customs. These groups of indigenous origins cultivate music and dance traditions which date back many years, but their most appreciated cultural contribution are their abilities as masterful craftsmen. The artful pieces produced by some of these groups are true jewels, works of a great beauty produced by an art that has its roots in the pre-Columbian times. The Molas of the Kuna, chaquiras and chácaras of the Ngäbe, the miniatures of ivory palm and the baskets of the Emberá are of an unusual beauty.
 
Other many ethnic groups, of more recent arrival, complete the cultural enigma of Panama. Making it a warm and friendly place. The country has always been propulsive to the mixture of towns and cultures, which are then amalgamated here in a harmonic and dynamic way.

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The History of Panama

The geologic history of Panama is relatively recent. Approximately three million years ago, one narrow earth strip emerged from the sea as a result of tectonic movements and volcanic activity. This new isthmus separated waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, united the continental masses of North America and the South, created the Caribbean Sea and the current of the Gulf, transformed the world-wide climate before warming up the previously frozen coasts of Europe and gave rise to the African savannah. It also gave beginning to a massive interchange of the flora and fauna between north and the south, acting like life bridge that included the passage of the humans who populated all the continent.
 
Since then, the geographic position of Panama has played a predominantly strategic roll, in all senses. The slim silhouette of the country measures only 80 kilometers in its narrower waist, which allowed the construction of the Panama Canal, at the beginning of the twentieth century.
 
Even earlier, in the XVI century, Spain had turned Panama into a route of crossing between the seas and into an important commercial center within its empire. Spain transported its wealth by means of boats to the port of Portobelo in the province of Colón. From there, mules and cayucos loaded the merchandise through the isthmus all the way to the City of Panama to distribute to their colonies in the Pacific Coast of America. That concentration of wealth attracted pirates and privateers like the famous pirate Fra

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ncis Drake, who attacked Portobelo in 1596 and Henry Morgan who attacked Panamá´s first City and set it afire in 1671.
 
Motivated by airs of freedom of the neighboring countries, Panama became independent from Spain in the month of November of 1821, to be united to the countries of the Great Colombia, conformed by Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Nevertheless, Panamanian desire to become a free republic managed to come through and Panama was separated from Colombia in the third day of November in 1903.
 
In 1904 began the construction of the Panama Canal, considered the eighth wonder of the world. This work defined the vocation of the territory as a crossing site and interchange. Today, Panama is one of the most developed countries in Central America, and with greatest economic and tourist development in all of America.
 
With a healthy and effective democratic system, it is considered a very safe and prosperous country. Its service based economy, mainly in the tourism industry, the Panama Canal and the International Banking Center make it a highly successful country. It offers first world facilities like International Call Centers, modern shopping Malls and excellent professionals and technicians.

Panama is a rich country of great ethnic variety, a land of a singular combination of people and cultures, including seven courageous ethnical groups which survived the Conquest. In terms of difference of language, the ethnic group include the Bri-Bri, Teribes or Nazos, Ngabes, Bugles-Bolotas, Juna, Embera and Wounaan. The majority of these native people inhabit reserved territories, located throughout the country, wherein they exercise their ancient types of government and keep their traditions alive. Their natural, varied and attractive habitats, are realms where mother nature reigns.

Our tours have a strong focus on learning about the different geographical areas and ecosystems visited. The goal is to explore Panama's grand diversity with an itinerary that is conducive to the discovery of nature's secrets and to achieve a better understanding of the Panamanian peoples.

You are welcome to call us for a anytime at 1-239-992-9660, or toll free at 800-446-9660, or email us at travel "at" GoExploring.com

Thank you for the interest in our adventures of discovery!