Panama Tour Blog by Caravan Tours

In our Caravan Panama travel blog, you’ll find unique articles on what to see and things to do when vacationing in Panama, in Central America. Learn more about the history behind the Panama Canal including the canal locks, Gatun Lake, the Miraflores Visitor Center Museum, the Amador Causeway, the Bridge of the Americas, and Casco Viejo, the “Old Quarter” of Panama City.

Close to El Valle Panama is Grand Playa Blanca Panama, a four-star resort and spa located in a tropical setting on the Pacific coast, less than an hour and a half from Panama City.

Translated, Playa Blanca means “white beach” and the area boasts what could arguably be the best unspoiled beaches in the country.

This is a fabulous beachfront hotel resort with 220 guest rooms, gorgeous suites and all the amenities including a swim-up bar, a quiet pool, several Jacuzzis, mini-golf, and a games area.

Many travellers to Playa Blanca Panama choose this resort for its wonderful accommodations, natural beauty, and outdoor activities. On the priority list for many tourists is a hike to the nearby waterfall or participation in a canopy tour or rainforest jungle trail hike (paved for easier walking).

Arial view of the pool and cabanas at Playa Blanca Resort in Panama.

Playa Blanca Panama resort offers refreshing drinks, a swimming pool in a beautiful setting, and a handy snack bar for those who aren’t ready for a formal meal. Watch out for the “friendly” native birds. They seem to have a knack for finding the visitor with accessible snacks. Even toucans are known for coming right to the outdoor tables. Read more

More and more travelers from around the globe are discovering the beauty and impressive man made landmarks of Panama. You now have a lot of options for fully guided all inclusive Panama tour companies.

And, while many people vacation in Panama to explore this country’s Spanish colonial heritage or to enjoy world-class resorts, white sandy beaches and rainforest tours, Panama offers so much more.

Mountaintop islands on man-made Gatun Lake in Panama.

Caravan Tours wants to show you the amazing man made landmarks in Panama. Enjoy fully guided Panama Canal cruises as you explore the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake, both of which remain the most popular tourist attractions in Panama.

On your fully guided Caravan Panama tour, you will have a chance to explore many of these exceptional man-made wonders. Read more

The Bridge of Americas Panama Canal (or Puente de las Américas in Spanish) was built along the Pan-American Highway in 1962. This four lane Panama land bridge offered a more efficient way for vehicle traffic to travel between land masses on the North and South of the Panama Canal.

Bridge of Americas was built to reconnect North and South Panama following the building of the Canal.

The United States initiated and funded this first Panama Canal Bridge, which cost 20 million U.S. dollars at the time (equivalent to 183.17 million in 2021).

Up until its completion, the only way for vehicle traffic to cross the Panama Canal was by a small swinging road bridge at the Gatun Locks, or a swinging road and rail bridge at Miraflores Locks. Both of these swinging Panama bridges had a very limited capacity.

The United States hoped to make it much easier to cross the Panama Canal and to reconnect Colon and Panama City, which were cut off from the rest of their republic by the building of the Panama Canal. Read more

This post includes additional Panama Canal tour information to help you plan your next Central America vacation.

Panama is a tourist friendly Latin American country that keeps a rather low profile despite its natural beauty. The country is referred to as a traveler’s paradise, although most people only recognize this destination for the Panama Canal.

In more recent years, Panama Canal tour companies like Caravan Tours, have successfully provided Panama tourists with all inclusive, fully guided tours through the Panama Canal.

Caravan’s Panama Canal tours are escorted by experienced local tour guides who are familiar with Panama and its local people and culture. Caravan offers the best Panama Canal sightseeing tours that also include visits to other exotic Panama destination points including, Colon, the Gamboa Rainforest, and a visit to an authentic Embera Indian village. Read more

Nearly 300 of the roughly 14,000+ ships that pass through its three sets of locks annually are now Panama Canal cruises that cater to tourists from around the globe.

The Panama Canal is approximately 48 miles long. Rather than vacationing on a cruise liner that passes through the Panama Canal in about 9 – 15 hours, many vacationers are opting for our 8-day Caravan Panama cruise package.

After viewing Panama’s lock system work from the solid ground, Caravan guests have the opportunity to see the gates function from the water level on our chartered passenger vessel. While seated on the small Caravan Panama cruise boat, guests often get to experience the steel gates open and close, depending on the schedule of the Canal that day.

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Ship passing through Panama's Miraflores Lock with Visitor Center in the background

The Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and Museum brings life and history into the construction and operation of the Panama Canal.

The primary focus of this modern Panama City attraction is the Miraflores Locks Museum, a four-floor interactive museum dedicated to the history and construction of the Panama Miraflores Locks. Museum guests are offered views of the Panama Canal from various platforms and depending on the canal’s schedule, can watch big ships and passenger liners passing through the locks.

Steps leading up to Centro de Visitantes, the Miraflores Visitor Center Museum in Panama.

Caravan Tours is a Chicago based all-inclusive tour company that also offers escorted tours of the Panama Canal. Included as part of Caravan’s Panama Canal tour is a morning visit to the Miraflores Visitor Center and Museum.

Caravan Tours uses highly knowledgeable local tour guides who to help all Caravan guests obtain a greater appreciation for the amazing history behind the building of the Panama Canal. Read more

The 2 mile (3.5km) Amador Causeway Panama (Calzada de Amador) is a must see tourist attraction located at the southern entrance of the Panama Canal near Panama City that links the four small Causeway Islands.

Built by the United States Government in 1913, Amador Causeway Panama is unique in that it is the road that connects Panama City (the capital) with four small Pacific Ocean archipelago islands. Read more

View of a mountaintop island on Panama river cruise

All inclusive Panama vacations bring tourists to what many people call Central America’s “Hidden Treasure.

Panama is the small country near the equator that connects Central America to South America. Though relatively small in size, it is brimming with culture shaped by European and Spanish traditions and a friendly population generally made up of Spanish speaking Roman Catholics.

Panama’s strategic geographic location makes it a gathering place of people from all over the world. In recent years Panama has gone to great lengths to attract worldwide vacationers and tourists to its country. Many of these tourists are eager to witness the workings of the engineering feat that often claims the title as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” – the Panama Canal. Read more

Travel Panama with Caravan Tours and enjoy Colon Panama vacations, this country’s second largest city.

Colon is an extremely valuable port and commercial center for world trade. With a relatively small population of just over 76,600, Colon is located near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal on the North Central part of the country.

Colorful sign for the City of Colon in Panama, Central America.

Since its early start in the mid 1800’s, Colon has maintained its charm as a “steamy Caribbean port” where just about everything goes. Tourists describe the city as vibrant, pulsing, and fascinating despite its apparent poverty.

Travel experts Lonely Planet say, “Colon Province is mostly undeveloped and virtually inaccessible, but steeped in a rich, accessible history.” Read more

The town of El Valle Panama is an outstanding invitation in and of itself, beckoning tourists from around the world to come vacation in the quiet little village located in the world’s largest inhabited volcano crater.

Indians from surrounding Panama Mountains first inhabited El Valle over 11,000 years ago. What used to be a volcanic crater lake is now a popular ‘Old Panama’ destination. Many Americans choose to retire here and the small village is a popular getaway for Panama City residents. Many affluent Panamanians also have weekend homes in area.

The town of El Valle in Panama, located in the world’s largest inhabited ancient volcanic crater.

Located only 120 kilometers or less than 2 hours from Panama City, El Valle Panama is a must see destination and included in most Panama guided tours. Read more