What natural destinations does Panama offer?

Given its narrowness and shape of the letter "S" on its side, Panama is the only place in the world where the sun rises over the Pacific and sets on the Caribbean side. To best enjoy this phenomenon, go up to Jefe Hill (1,000 meters above sea level) on the border of Chagres National Park, about one and a half hours from Panama City.


• As a small country, much can be seen in one trip to Panama. Visitors can combine tours to go birding, whale watching or visiting national parks with activities within Panama City or at one of the many beach and mountain resorts that offer their services in the country.

• For ornithologists and nature lovers, Panama is a natural refuge for migratory birds that make a stopover here on their annual flight from Canada and the United States towards South America. More than 950 species of birds can be seen here, and the thousands of birds that fly over the isthmus can be best observed in the months of October and November in the capital city, preferably from the summit of Ancón Hill, about 5 minutes from downtown.

• More than 30% of Panamanian territory is protected within 15 national parks, 7 forest reserves and 10 wildlife refuges.

• You can also observe sea turtle nesting on several beaches and see around 1,200 species of orchids and 30 species of heliconias, exotic flowering plants native to the tropical rainforest. Panama also offers its visitors the opportunity to transit the Panama Canal, have a shot at a world record in marlin sport fishing, and experience meeting diverse ethnic groups in their own territory.