Panama was not really a destination I had dreamed of for many years for a 12 days trip. Here’s why I chose Panama for my 2 weeks tour.
Why a trip in Panama?
Back from Colombia, I had only one desire: to return without delay! But time is running out and our holidays are not elastic … So, I calculate that by leaving December 26 (to spend Christmas with family) and returning January 7, we can leave 13 days! Yes but … no … 13 days are not enough to return to Colombia. It’s a shame but it will be for next time with more time.
So my neurons went to work and very quickly an idea teased me: PANAMA just on the border with Colombia! Its culture must be close to the Caribbean culture of northern Colombia and Panama has several beautiful archipelagos of paradise islands. Moreover, in December, the weather is nice and warm.
A good idea! I quickly booked our tickets for Panama with Air France (I hope there will be no strikes …) and went to work to develop the route.
Panama Tour in 12 days – What to see in 2 weeks ?
This is where it gets complicated … because in Panama there are a lot of beautiful villages, communities of natives, distant archipelagos between them, tropical forests, mangroves, volcanoes, national parks … I won’t be able to see everything in such a short time.
12 days Panama tour – Which Islands to choose in Panama?
I privileged to discover forests and mangroves, paradisiac islands and to have the contact with the natives and Kunas:
12 days Panama tour – The San Blas Islands
To find myself on a tiny desert island at the end of the world …
With the program: lazing on the beaches of white sand, swimming in the turquoise waters, exploration of coral seabed with mask and snorkel.
But I especially chose the San Blas Islands to meet the Kuna Indians and exchange with them, I hope, some dialogue or just a few smiles …
The bonus on the San Blas Islands, these are the LANGOUSTES! This is where you have to go to eat very good and cheap … (as in Colombia on Mucura).
12 days Panama tour – Bocas del Toro
For its Afro-Caribbean atmosphere and its beautiful wild beaches. Indeed, by taking a look on the Internet, I could see that Bocas del Toro is a little paradise where you can discover mangroves, red corals, giant tortoises, sloths and dolphins! Bocas del Toro is a place where nature is really queen and that really attracts me. In addition, I will also be able to meet the Ngobe Buglé Indians.
12 days Panama tour – Natural Parks
To observe the fauna (monkeys, iguanas, turtles, birds, sloths ….) And the flora (284 plant species) of the tropical forest since Panama City. Indeed, it is located just 30 minutes from Panama City. The trip can be done in one day from Panama City and returning the same day (practice when there is little time …).
Panama Tour in 12 days – Itinerary
Here is the route that allows me to discover these 3 main places:
• Day 2 – PANAMA CITY – ARCHIPELAGO SAN BLAS
• Day 3 – SAN BLAS ISLANDS
• Day 4 – SAN BLAS ISLANDS
• Day 5 – SAN BLAS / PANAMA CITY / BOCAS DEL TORO
• Days 6-7-8 – BOCAS DEL TORO (4 nights)
• Day 8 – BOCAS DEL TORO – PANAMA CITY (Flight)
• Day 10 – PANAMA CITY – City Tour
• Day 11 – PANAMA CITY – Airport for departure at 9:05 pm
• Day 12 – Arrival in France
12 days tour in Panama – Map of itinerary
Panama Tour in 12 days – Cheap hotels
After stopping the program, the next step is finding cheap hotels in Panama City, San Blas Islands and Bocas del Toro. And here, I must admit that I was surprised because the hotel rates are much higher than in Colombia! But thanks to Tripadvisor and Booking, I was able to compare opinions, locations, services and I was able to make my reservations respecting my budget …
To find out more, I’ll let you discover my article: my selection of cheap hotels in Panama.
And to discover my day-to-day travel story, RV on our first day: