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 […]
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.
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.
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.
On the Caribbean coast Panama, in Central America, there are plenty of sights and unique places that are sure to please history fans and all who appreciate the treasures of the past.
Pristine Caribbean coast beaches are an added bonus and can be found in the province of Colon near Portobelo and Playa Blanca. Portobelo was founded in the 16th century and was known as the port for exporting silver to Spain.
The British presence in this part the Caribbean coast Panama is evident with such commemorative London locations as Portobelo Road. It gets its name from the older Panama town. Portobelo Panama is a small, slow-paced community of just over 10,580 people. The old fort, which was established in 1502 by none other than Christopher Columbus, has been named a World Heritage Site. It was once the premier Atlantic port in the Spanish New World. Read more
Take an all inclusive, fully guided Panama vacation with Caravan Tours and your Panama Canal hotels are included.
Our Caravan Panama Canal tour is one of the most economical options for vacationing in this beautiful Central American country. Our tour guests stay at some of the finest hotels in Panama including:
- Marriott Courtyard Panama
- Gamboa Rainforest Resort
- Westin Playa Bonita Resort
- Intercontinental Miramar Panama
Casco Viejo is the “Old Quarter” in Panama City; the capital of Panama. It may be said of many places in the world that a visitor would feel like they were, “stepping back in time” when they visit for the very first time. The Old Quarter is such a place. Casco Viejo is a World […]
Old Panama City in the nation’s may well be one of the best unknown jewels of Central America, if not the world; yet to be discovered by vacationing world travellers.
Panama City – The Capital
Some visitors to Panama City, the capital, have described it as a cosmopolitan metropolis, small in size but rivalling some of the world’s better known and favorite tourist cities. The city’s population is approximately half a million making it less congested and more attractive to visitors as well as new residents. Read more
Although visitors to this central American country generally overlook the significance of the Chagres River Panama, we have included this river cruise on our fully guided Caravan Panama tour.
Our tour begins in Panama City, which is recognized internationally as a great place to live, work, and even retire. As well, the architectural ruins and old world heritage buildings of Old Panama (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) continually attract tourists from around the globe.
Panama also gained worldwide recognition in 1914 with the opening of the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel that forever changed shipping and marine transportation between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
However, there is much more to this country than the historical ruins and man-made wonders, and that’s why we have included a Chagres River Panama cruise on our tour. Read more
Have you heard of Monkey Island Panama?
One of the comments made by travelers on Caravan Panama vacations is the surprise at how quickly Panama City’s downtown core and metropolitan area turns into lush rainforest.
More and more travelers from around the world come to vacation in Panama City. They vacation here to take in the many surrounding tourist attractions such as the Panama Canal, the Amador Causeway, or the Bridge of Americas. However, in most cases, it is the natural beauty of the country that is impressed upon their minds as they leave.
A popular must-see natural attraction is Monkey Island Panama, located in Gatun Lake within the Gamboa rainforest – just 40 minutes by boat from Panama City. Read more
Apart from the canal, your Panama rainforest vacation will also highlight the area’s colorful sights, sounds, and natural diversity of flora, fauna, and wildlife. Many argue that Panama’s rainforests are the most studied and observed in the world. Did you know that the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is located in Balboa, Panama?
Unfortunately Panama rainforests have been seriously affected by Canal construction and use. When the canal was first built, large portions of the rainforests were flooded and incurred significant losses in both biodiversity and forest coffee.
Today, Panama rainforests cover approximately 58% of the country’s land area. Read more
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