What has lush rainforests, diverse heritage and one of the world’s greatest engineering accomplishments? That last hint may have given it away—it’s Panama! The country’s famous canal is remarkable, and there’s much more to see on a trip to Panama, from zip-lining through treetops in Chiriqui to mastering your chillin’ skills on the beach, well, just about anywhere.
Hotels in Panama City, on the Pacific coast, seamlessly blend past and present—with a dash of pirate lore. In the Old Quarter, visit Iglesia de San Jose, whose golden altar was saved from raiders when a priest covered it in mud. The priest turned the pirates’ plundering on its head: He got them to give him money instead.
On the Atlantic side, Colón has one of the biggest duty-free areas in the world. Shop ’til you drop, then head to Fort San Lorenzo to picnic with sloths and monkeys. Can’t decide? Panama Canal Railway runs a train that makes the scenic trip from Panama City to Colon once a day.
More of a doer than a sightseer? The province of Chiriqui is the “Adventure Capital of Panama”. Close to Costa Rica, but more off-the-beaten-path than its northern neighbour, it’s got all the attractions: cloud forest trekking, white-water rafting and rock climbing, to name a few.
Wherever you book your Panama accommodation, you’ll most likely fly into Tocumen International Airport (PTY), 30 km east of downtown Panama City. Hook up with one of Wotif’s car hire options or head to the airport information booth for help with taxi arrangements. Adventurers headed to Chiriqui can fly on to David International Airport (DAV), then hop a bus 50 km north to Boquete.
The Panama Canal may be a modern world wonder, but Wotif’s awesome selection of Panama hotels is pretty wondrous, too. Choose your best match, then kick back and let your imagination run wild.
Hotels in Panama start at AU$42 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.