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A tour or cruise of Panama offers the perfect mix of nature, adventure and culture. Discover clear blue waters for snorkeling and diving, lush rainforests, vibrant indigenous communities, and idyllic islands. A trip to Panama wouldn't be complete without a visit to the manmade "eighth wonder of the world", the Panama Canal. But, Panama has much more to offer like Bocas del Toro, a Caribbean paradise where its Isla Bastimentos reveals an ecosystem rife with both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Glance into the lives of a vibrant Caribbean Kuna indigenous community in the San Blas Islands. Hike through biodiverse rainforests and along seemingly endless beaches.  Adventure Life has many all-inclusive Panama trips combining Panama wildlife with the life-affirming Panameño people. Contact us to start planning your trip

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10 Best Panama Cruises

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
The Journey Between the Seas$39507RelaxedEmbark on this 7-day small ship Panama voyage between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans via the Panama Canal. Board the 24-passenger ship, Discovery, for a unique and intimate cruise.
Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canal$43959RelaxedPrepare yourself for one of the most memorable travel experiences in Panama City. Enjoy the wildlife viewing and marine life search in the Gulf of Panama. Explore the historic Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown, aboard the Safari Voyager on this 9-day cruise.
Costa Rica & the Panama Canal$59908RelaxedDiscover Costa Rica & Panama on this wonderful 8-day sailing expedition aboard the National Geographic Quest. Venture into remote wilderness: hike among monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds, explore idyllic islands, snorkel over a vibrant coral reef, and take an expedition landing craft cruise through mangroves.
Unveiled Wonders: Panama and Costa Rica$43959RelaxedJoin the Safari Voyager on this fantastic 9-day cruise and admire the tropical wonders this famous region has to offer. Start in the well-recognized business center of Panama City and voyage all the way to San Jose, Costa Rica.
Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & Colombia$1398016RelaxedThis 16-day voyage aboard the Hebridean Sky takes you from Panama to Colombia & Costa Rica before ending the tour in sun-kissed Cuba. Along the way, you'll hike to traditional villages in San Blas, snorkel over colorful reefs, and end explore the nature, history, and culture of recently-opened Cuba.
Costa Rica & Panama Canal: Puerto Caldera to Puerto Limon$916512RelaxedTour some of Central America's most emblematic spots on this fantastic 12-day adventure cruise to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. Sail to San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, Playas del Coco, and Golfito in Costa Rica, then southward to Panama's Coiba National Park, through the Panama Canal to Bocas del Toro then returning to Costa Rica's Puerto Limon.
Ultimate Costa Rica & Panama$834516RelaxedJoin the crew of the Safari Voyager on this unique 16-day adventure through Costa Rica and Panama. Sail along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and discover the crystalline waters and marine life of this unique region. Transit the 48-mile-long Panama Canal and enjoy superb bird watching on an exciting skiff exploration.
National Parks and Panama Canal$43608RelaxedDiscover Costa Rica and Panama with an 8-day expedition cruise. Experience a truly beautiful journey aboard Le Champlain, between nature reserves, encounters with local communities, and sailing through the Panama Canal. Start in Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica and disembark in Colón, Panama.
Unveiled Wonders: Costa Rica and Panama$43959RelaxedUncover the wonder of jungles, mangroves, national parks, preserves, and the Panama Canal on this 9-day voyage. Search for wildlife and discover Costa Rica´s vast flora and fauna diversity. Hike, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff the wonders of this extraordinary region.
Costa Rica & Panama Canal: Panama City to San José$989514RelaxedTour the most beautiful national parks in Panama and Costa Rica on this 14-day adventure cruise. Enjoy luxurious amenities aboard the sailing schooner Sea Cloud as you venture from Panama City to Costa Rica's Pacific coast via the Panama Canal on this unforgettable trip to Central America.

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Favorite Panama Canal Tours

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Fort San Lorenzo and Canal Railway$3151RelaxedVisit this UNESCO World Heritage site with your local guide. Tour the fort, invaded by pirate Captain Morgan, and learn about this historic structure.
Panama Canal Full Transit$2871RelaxedJourney between oceans through a man-made wonder, the Panama Canal. Sail through two sets of locks from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
Panama Canal Partial Transit$231½RelaxedClimb aboard and experience the "Eighth Wonder of the World" first hand as you transit through the Miraflores Locks to the Pacific Ocean.
Explore Panama City$215½RelaxedTour Panama City with a local guide, well versed in the history of the area. See a transit of the Panama canal and tour Casco Antiguo where the pirate Henry Morgan waged his attack in 1671.
Encounter Panama$16247RelaxedBegin your Panama journey at the celebrated marvel, the Panama Canal, and continue your travels into the region's tropical forests. Visit an indigenous community in Chagres National Park and explore the ecology of Barro Colorado Island. This is a great introductory tour of Panama!
National Parks and Panama Canal$43608RelaxedDiscover Costa Rica and Panama with an 8-day expedition cruise. Experience a truly beautiful journey aboard Le Champlain, between nature reserves, encounters with local communities, and sailing through the Panama Canal. Start in Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica and disembark in Colón, Panama.

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Top Places to Visit on Panama's Caribbean

White beaches with nesting tortoises, Caribbean islands with indigenous peoples and mile after mile of paradise await you on the Caribbean side of Panama. Here are some of our favorite spots to plan a Panama trip around:

San Blas Islands are made of over 360 islands off the Caribbean Coast of Panama, only 60 of which are inhabited. The islands are virtually self-governed by the local Kuna indigenous people who host and educate travelers about their traditional lifestyle in harmony on these paradisiacal islands.

Bocas del Toro Islands, an isolated chain of islands off the northeast coast of Panama let you dive into a relaxed Caribbean vibe. Explore Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park and it's endless coral reefs for world class snorkeling and sea kayaking.

Portobelo was founded by Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage to the new continent in 1597, and naturally, this quaint town is full of stories of conquests and plunder. Explore Portobelo and the coastline of the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal on a cruise of Panama's Caribbean coast to the Pacific Ocean.
Panama Fun Facts

The famous "Panama Hats" are not actually from Panama, but rather Ecuador, where they were originally made and are known as toquilla straw hats. Their popular use during the construction of the Panama Canal gave them their misnomer.

One of the most well known palindromes in the world: A MAN, A PLAN, A CANAL, PANAMA. 

The only capital city in the world that has a rainforest within its city limits is Panama City.

Panama was the first country in Latin America to adopt US currency as its own.

Panama is the only country in the world where you can swim in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in one day without flying from one coast to another.
Panama Canal Cruises
Why take a Panama Canal cruise?
Since the Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific, not only do you experience all the best that Panama has to offer, but you can also explore destinations in Costa Rica and the Caribbean

How long are they?
We offer Panama Canal cruises that are between 7-days and two weeks, however if you find another land-based excursion that you like, we also feature several day-long or half-day extension tours that you can add on after your other itinerary ends.

What are the activities on a Panama Canal cruise? 
These cruises are great for travelers of all ages and especially families, since there are a lot of engaging activities along the way. A few examples of things you might do include:
  • Journey to the Darien Jungle and meet Embera Indians.
  • Kayak along beautiful & unspoiled beaches.
  • Experience the history & operation of the Panama Canal.
  • Explore Barro Colorado Island & its abundant wildlife.
  • Visit historic sites of the Spanish conquistadors.
  • Transit along the Panamá Canal, a marvel of engineering and human tenacity.
  • Enjoy bird watching on an exciting skiff exploration in the Gulf of Panama.
  • Visit Granito de Oro islet, named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites.
  • Hike through the jungle in incredible Corcovado National Park.
  • Snorkel in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and tropical Pacific Islands.
     

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