Panama Family Adventure
The 9-day Panama Family Adventure is an enriching family trip that begins and ends in Panama City, Panama. This land-based tour covers the most iconic things to do in Panama, including kayak and zip line adventures, historic and cultural explorations and a visit to the Panama Canal lock system.
Adventure activities perfect for the family include boating across Gatun Lake, cruising near rainforest-covered islands and searching for green iguana, three-toed sloths, crocodile, osprey, peacock bass, snail kite, keel-billed toucans and more; riding motorized piragua (dugout canoe) through the 320,000-acre rainforest of Chagres National Park to the Embera indigenous village; and kayaking on the Chagres River along the edge of the Panama Canal, marveling at large cargo ships transiting Gatun Lake between the Panama Canal’s two different lock systems.
Fly to western Panama to the city of David, the capital of the Chiriqui province known as “Panama’s breadbasket,” and witness some of the most breathtaking scenery in Central America. In the Chiriqui Highlands, explore dormant Baru Volcano, the quaint town of Boquete and an extraordinary cloud forest. White water river raft or zip line (both optional) between 14 rainforest canopy platforms, gliding through fascinating nature and past exotic wildlife. At Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean coast, boat to Isla Colon and cruise past Swan’s Cay, a protruding rock where red-billed tropic birds and brown boobies nest in rookeries. And no Panama Family Adventure is complete without beach time at Boca del Drago and snorkeling at coral reefs and mangrove isles.
Educational highlights throughout this 9-day Panama family trip include learning about the ingenuity and history of Miraflores Locks at the Miraflores Visitor Center; traversing Panama’s first marine national park, Bastimentos National Park, to walk the Cayman Trail at Salt Creek through several stages of lowland forest dynamics; visiting ruins of Old Panama and Casco Antiguo, the Smithsonian Marine Exhibition at Culebra Point; and exploring the Biodiversity Museum designed by Frank Gehry on the Amador Causeway, a narrow land-bridge that connects the continent with four islands.
Experience the best places in Panama with the perfect dose of family travel. From the Pacific coast to the Caribbean Coast, this comprehensive and family-friendly vacation explores the Panama country, revealing its ingenuity, culture and wildlife.