Wonderful wildlife, bird watching, culture and of course the Canal!
Here is a little practical information about the destination to help with your planning, but please do contact us with any questions that you might have.
Panama City is the capital of Panama and the official language is Spanish, although English is widely spoken.
The standard of food across Panama is good, however menus are simple and basic with few choices. White rice is a staple part of restaurant menus and it is usually accompanied by meat, chicken and fish. Special dietary requests can be accommodated at all our chosen hotels, please notify us in advance of your visit.
The national currency is Panama is the balboa. Panama is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't issue paper money therefore U.S dollar banknotes are used exclusively and US dollar notes and coins are legal tender. Panamanian coins are equal to US coins and are interchangeable in Panama. VISA and Mastercard are widely accepted everywhere.
When dining out restaurants may includes a service charge in the bill, however if they do not then tipping 10 - 15% is acceptable. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, any intended gratuity should be figured in with the pre-trip negotiated fare. Tipping hotel staff and guides is at your own discretion.
Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.
Generally, the dry season starts in the middle of December and lasts until the end of April; these are the windiest months. October and November are the wettest months in the interior, but on the Caribbean coast, the driest months are October, January and March.