PANAMA

Located in Central America, Panama is a vibrant and diverse destination for travelers looking to explore a mix of culture, history, and natural beauty. From the bustling streets of Panama City to the pristine beaches of the San Blas Islands, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful country. Be sure to visit the Panama Canal, a marvel of engineering that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and explore the lush rainforests and national parks that are home to a wide variety of wildlife. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, Panama has it all.

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Panama City

Panama City is a vibrant and bustling metropolis located at the crossroads of North and South America. With its stunning skyline, rich history, and diverse culture, it is a must-visit destination for travelers looking to experience the best of both worlds. From exploring the historic Casco Viejo district to indulging in delicious local cuisine and shopping at the famous Panama Canal, there is something for everyone in Panama City. Whether you are a history buff, foodie, or adventure seeker, this city has something to offer you. So pack your bags and get ready to explore all that Panama City has to offer!

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At Itaca Tours, we are partnering with Economy Bookings, offering a wide range of cars for rent (over 175,000). There are more than 20,000 rental shops in 150 different countries. Many of the shops are situated close to airports so that travelers can easily rent a car right after their arrival and not spend money on additional transfers. Choosing a car has never been easier! Every car on the website has a detailed description, high-quality photos, and a user rating. You’ll get all the necessary information about the car so that you can be fully prepared for your trip. The company collaborate with well-known and reputable agencies, such as Alamo, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, National, Thrifty, Enterprise, and more. Also, the company works with local car rentals that provide the best service and have good customer reviews. Choose your car and get the best prices!

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Other Services

At Itaca Tours, we offer additional services to elevate your travel experience to the next level. We have partnered with various companies to ensure you have everything yo need for a seamless and enjoyable trip. 

First, you can request a SIM Card through Drimsim, ensuring you have internet and phone service wherever you go. This way, you stay connected with your loved ones and have access to maps, guides, and other essential travel information.

Additionally, thanks of our partner Ekta, we offer travel insurance options for your peace of mind.

Lastly, we have partnered with Radical Storage to provide secure luggage storage services. You can leave your bags in a safe location while you explore new destinations, free from the hassle of carrying your belongings around.

With these services, we aim to make your travel experience as convenient and worry-free as possible.

Tips to travel

Traveling to Panama offers a blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip:

Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for your nationality before traveling to Panama. Many visitors can enter visa-free for short stays, but it's essential to verify the specific requirements based on your country of origin.

Best Time to Visit: Panama has a tropical climate, with a dry season (December to April) and a wet season (May to November). The dry season is the most popular time to visit, with sunny weather and lower humidity, making it ideal for outdoor activities and beach vacations. The wet season brings occasional rain showers, but it's also a great time to visit for fewer crowds and lower prices.

Currency and Payments: The official currency of Panama is the Panamanian Balboa (PAB), but the US dollar is widely accepted and used interchangeably. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and larger stores, but it's always a good idea to carry cash for smaller purchases.

Health Precautions: Make sure to drink bottled or purified water to avoid stomach issues. Apply insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites, as mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and Zika virus can occur. Consider purchasing travel insurance that includes medical coverage before your trip.

Transportation: Getting around in Panama can be done through buses, taxis, and rental cars. Public buses are an affordable option for traveling between cities, but they may be crowded and less reliable. Taxis are readily available in urban areas and can be hailed on the street or arranged through your accommodation. If you prefer more flexibility, consider renting a car, but be aware of local driving conditions and traffic laws.

Accommodation: Panama offers a range of accommodation options, including budget-friendly hostels, mid-range hotels, and luxury resorts. Consider staying in boutique hotels in Casco Viejo, Panama City's historic district, or beachfront resorts in Bocas del Toro for a unique experience. Book accommodations in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Language: Spanish is the official language of Panama, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas, hotels, and restaurants. Learning a few basic Spanish phrases can be helpful for communicating with locals and enhancing your travel experience.

Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in Panamanian culture by visiting local markets, trying traditional Panamanian cuisine, and attending cultural events and festivals. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Panama's rich history and heritage by visiting Panama Viejo, Casco Viejo, and the Panama Canal.

Outdoor Activities: Panama offers plenty of outdoor activities, including hiking, birdwatching, snorkeling, and surfing. Explore national parks like Soberania National Park and Chagres National Park for hiking and wildlife viewing, or visit the San Blas Islands for snorkeling and diving.

Respect Local Customs: Familiarize yourself with Panamanian customs and etiquette to show respect for the local culture. Greet people with a handshake or a warm "Buenos días" (good morning), and use "por favor" (please) and "gracias" (thank you) when interacting with locals. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites or indigenous communities.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can have a memorable and enjoyable experience exploring the beauty and culture of Panama.

Travel Advisories

The U.S. Department of State has four Travel Advisory Levels: Level 1 - Exercise normal precautions; Level 2 - Exercise increased caution; Level 3 - Reconsider travel; Level 4 - Do not travel

Level 2 - Exercise increased caution when traveling to Panama. 

Country Summary: Exercise increased caution in Panama due to crime. 

Level 4 - Do not travel to:

  • Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime.
  • Parts of the Darién Region due to crime.

Parts of the "Mosquito Gulf" – Level 4: Do Not Travel

The “Mosquito Gulf” is an extremely remote and inaccessible area along part of the north (Caribbean) coast.

Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, from Boca de Rio, Chiriqui to Cocle del Norte. Drug trafficking and other illicit activities occur in this area.

Parts of the Darién Region – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to the following areas of the Darien:

  • All areas south of Jaque to Manene to Yaviza to Lajas Blancas cities to the Colombian border
  • The city of Lajas Blancas
  • The city of El Salto

Criminal elements and drug and human trafficking networks operate in these areas. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited.

It's advisable to consult your country's official travel advisory website, for the most up-to-date information and specific travel advisories related to this country. Additionally, register your travel plans with your embassy or consulate for assistance in case of emergencies.

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