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PA1 Pleasures Of Panama Tour
10 days from Panama City to Panama City
Christopher Columbus touched down on the beautiful white sands of Bocas del Toro, where 92 per cent of the land is covered in dense rainforest.… Read more
PA2 Panama & Costa Rica Tour
18 days from Panama City to San Jose
On our Panama & Costa Rica tour you'll see that this bounteous Central American region is one that is often overlooked by the traveller, a factor… Read more
CM5 Panama And Colombia Tour
21 days from Bogota to Panama City
This Panama and Colombia tour is a nice combination of our highlight-packed tour of Colombia and our ever-popular tour of Panama in one nice… Read more
PA3 Panama & Costa Rica Tour
23 days from Panama City to San Jose
On our Panama & Costa Rica tour you'll find yourself gliding through the waters of one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Panama Canal,… Read more
More About Panama
Well-known for one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, Panama's might exists beyond the Panama canal. The artifical 48 mile waterway was first used in 1914, 33 years after work began and centuries after the Spanish Empire first dreamed of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific.
First used by the Spanish in the 16th century, using Panama as a crossing point became extremely important for ships wishing to avoid the long and hazardous sailing to the Cape Horn region at the end of South America. As other Spanish Colonies such as Viceroyalty of Peru yielded more gold and silver, more Spaniards began making the trek over the small stretch of land that separated the Pacific from the Atlantic.
It was during this time that towns such as Portobelo appeared, which was once the main port of entry and exit for all of South America. The exchange of merchandise took place annually at Portobelo in the form of a fair which lasted from 30 to 60 days. During this time, this sleepy little place was a beehive of activity. Panama tours explore this area, where transactions frequently totaled from 10 to 12 million gold pesos. These fairs took place once each year until 1738 when, as a result of continual attacks by pirates, Spain was forced to abandon the Isthmian route for the longer but more secure one around Cape Horn.
The isthmus of Panama was created millions of years ago by the collision of two plates, volcanic activity and sediment from erosion which created a land connecting South and North America. Resulting in a land bridge connecting the continents, Panama has been a key for the migration of animals and human for millennia. An overlap of flora and fauna between North America and South America are found in Panama, creating one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Nearly a thousand species of birds are found in this region, as well as a variety of insects, amphibians, birds, fish, and reptiles.
Away from the isthmus, where the capital Panama City and transocean trains are also located, Panama tours explore the national parks such as Chiriqui which encompasses a beautiful cloud forest. Here the land rises in excess of 1,500 m / 4,950 feet and warm air ascends the mountains where it meets with cooler air and condenses into a persistent cloud cover.
The national parks of Panama certainly impress with the variety of flora and verdant greens of a lush tropical forests. Our Panama tours also include a chance to appreciate the coral reefs of Bocas del Toro, a tropical island with more than 58 species of corals.
Five hundred years ago, Christopher Columbus arrived at a tropical paradise he named Bocas del Toro. Overwhelmed by the most incredible contrasts of vivid colour and sheer unspoiled natural surroundings, Columbus decided to drop anchor and spend a bit of time in this idyllic place.
It appears as though not much has changed since Columbus' time, as Panama is still a placed to be amazed and overwhelmed by the variety and contrasts in this relatively small country.