Finally decided to go to Panama (vs. Costa Rica-where my husband and I had been in '97 pre-kids before Costa Rica became americanized). We're going to Panama in November for 10 days over Thanksgiving.
Am trying to figure out if Panama is safe/accessible to drive/do it on our own with our 2 kids (11, 8), or should I hire a tour company to arrange transport/tours. If so, which one? We've never done a tour kind of trip before with/without kids, and have travelled a lot, and tend to favor off the beaten path adventures/undiscovered places. It's not clear to me how easy/safe Panama is to travel around with the kids without a tour.
What we'd like to do:
1-2 (max) days in Panama City
1 River rafting day on the Chiquiri
A couple of days of animal adventures/zipline/wildlife
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!