Located in the middle of the American continent, on the narrow isthmus that links the Americas, Panama is endowed with a rich biological diversity. With an area of 78,200 sq. km [roughly equivalent to South Carolina], Panama boasts more plant species than all of the U.S. and Canada combined and almost a thousand different species of Panamanian birds have been reported.
The isthmus of Panama is the umbilical cord joining South and Central America. At its narrowest point, it is only 50 km wide, the famous canal is 80 km long and effectively divides the country into eastern and western regions. Tropical rainforests dominate the canal zone, the eastern half of the country and the Darien Gap. The highlands have alpine vegetation and mountain forests; the west coast is predominantly grassland. There are 1600 islands near the Panamanian coast. The two major archipelagos are the San Blas and Bocas del Toro chains on the Caribbean coast, but most of the islands are in the Pacific.
Suggested Panama Discoveries
- CRUISES - Walk in the traces of pirate Henry Morgan atop the Spanish battlements at Portobelo. You will cross the amazing Panama Canal. In the San Blas Islands and the Darién Jungle, you’ll meet native Kuna and Emberá, whose traditional crafts and cultures are very much alive. At Panama’s Pearl Islands and Isla de Coiba, you’ll enjoy idyllic beach days and crystal clear waters, to snorkel, swim and kayak. And in Costa Rica’s coastal national parks, you’ll walk in the tropical forests, seeking white-faced capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, sloths, and much, much more.
- CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS - As specialists on this destination, we can prepare “the” specific itinerary you desire with the exact services you need. If you would like to have “your own” itinerary, contact us and advise us of all your requirements