Panama in 3 Days - History, Adventure, and Beaches

Length: 3 full days

Day 1: History of the Isthmus

  • Tour the Old Panama ruins

A guided tour of the Panama La Vieja Visitor Center highlights its potential as a historical and archaeological site. The center advocates for preserving and promoting history and valuing our national and global heritage, while providing the visiting public with a high-quality service that satisfies their needs for leisure, entertainment, and education.

-Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

-Visit the Panama La Vieja Artisan Center, recently opened with over 51 booths selling handicrafts.

-Open: 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Dine in the Old Town

  • Shopping in Multiplaza

Spend the afternoon shopping in the Multiplaza Mall. Savor an excellent cup of coffee from the famous islands or restaurants in the facilities.

  • Nightlife in Isabella

Evening entertainment includes the opportunity to hear live music, enjoy performances, go dancing, or do some gambling at casinos or betting tables.

Related links:

Visit Old Panama

Virtual Tour Old Panama

Old Town

Virtual Tour Old Town


Day 2: Adventure

Adventures on the banks of the Chagres River. Visit the Emberá indigenous community.

Panama is one of few countries that offers this enriching experience to share, learn, and enjoy the culture of indigenous cultures.

Canoe up the Chagres: The ride up the river from Puerto Vigia takes you deep into the indians' historical and cultural environment. From inside the canoe you can observe the flora and fauna that are part of native traditions and customs.

Departure from the port of Vigia: 8:15 a.m.

Arrival at village: The Emberá will greet you and immerse you in their world through costumes, dancing, cooking, and giving you a tour of their territory. You will have the chance to take photographs, buy souvenirs, and discover the indigenous history and culture through the villagers's stories.

Native meal: Eat a lunch of traditional ethnic dishes, typically consisting of fried plantains with freshly caught tilapia, a freshwater fish.

Emberá Chief: Antonito Zarco

To make reservations: call 6511-7408


Bathe under a refreshing waterfall

Dance with the indians

Body painting with vegetable dyes

Photograph the Emberá

Last tour stop:

Duty-free shopping just 10 minutes from Panama City's downtown, followed by a delicious dinner on the seashore and an array of nightlife options on the Amador Causeway.

Open hours: Duty Free: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Related links:

Emberá -Wounaan indigenous group

Virtual Tour of Panama's Ethnic Groups

Amador Causeway


Day 3: Beach

  • Isla Grande, Upper Coast of Colón - Entrance at Rey de Sabanitas

Relax on a charming island on the Atlantic coast of the country.

Depart from the town of La Guaira, where you can enjoy white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, a world of marine species, and mangrove forests near the coast.

The island is situated to the north and offers a view of ancient canyons, caves, and unique mazes of coral reefs.

Your choice of accommodations on the island ranges from B/.25.00 for a beach cottage to B/.150 per night in a luxurious hotel room.

Lunch/Dinner: Enjoy the local cuisine served at seaside restaurants. Traditional coastal dishes made by the Afro-Caribbeans are based on seafood and flavored with coconut.



Sunbathe and swim at the beach

Boat ride along the coast

Scuba dive

Related links:

Isla Grande

Virtual Tour of Isla Grande