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Day trips from Panama City

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Day trips from Panama City

My wife and I will be spending 6 nights in Panama at the end of January, and were thinking of staying the whole time at a hotel in Panama City and take several day trips from there. We are interested both in hiking and grabbing some beach time. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Day trips from Panama City

For hiking, go to the Metropolitan Park. If you want something very unique but very demanding, arrange to hike the Las Cruces Trail from the Chagres River to Madden Dam Road -- 10 km, 5 - 7 hours.

I'd also recommend going to Portobelo for a day trip. Not much on beaches, but a very unique bit of Caribbean coast and historic Panama. You could couple that with snorkeling, too.

The closest decent beach is Coronado -- an hour outside the city.

There are some wonderful hiking trails in the mountains surrounding El Valle. There are also therapeutic mud baths, a market with indiginous crafts and a zoo. El Valle is 90 minutes from the city. And, very honestly, I would say that you're really missing a lot if you just go there as a day trip. Why not take a couple of days and spend a couple of nights there? What a refreshing break it will be from the city!

Edited: 17 January 2012, 03:46
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2. Re: Day trips from Panama City

Lots of Info on Page 2 of this thread. Hope this helps:


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Thanks, gb. Portobelo sounds very interesting.

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Lots of great tips, LN -- thanks very much.

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