Panama, a vibrant destination for conscientious travelers
The Central American country offers new tourist experiences, luxury brands and expeditions
With unparalleled biodiversity, oceanic wonders in the Pacific and Caribbean, and an eclectic mix of cultures unlike any other in Central America, Panama is a vibrant destination for conscientious travelers to awaken their spirit of discovery and adventure. It is the ideal time to visit Panama with new tourist experiences and new luxury brands and expeditions
Exploring rural Panama with emerging community tourism experiences
Launching in August 2022, Panama's community tourism network, SOSTUR, is a digital platform for rural communities and tourism businesses to share their vision and support the implementation of regenerative tourism . Travelers planning a visit for 2023 can select tours in 10 pilot communities with experiences that support Panama's vast culture and biodiversity. From farm tours focused on agritourism, hiking through the destination's sprawling national parks, bird watching and turtle nesting, SOSTUR connects travelers with immersive experiences that support local communities.
The emergence of community-driven sustainable tourism initiatives is part of Panama's regenerative tourism strategy to improve the balance between tourism economic activity and the development, well-being and prosperity of communities, aiding scientific environmental research and preserving the vast biodiversity of the country.
New Hotels in Historic and Charming Casco Antiguo
Casco Antiguo, Panama City's historic district, is a must-see when in the destination. With cobblestone streets, historical monuments, churches and panoramic views of the Bay of Panama, the area has some of the best hotels and restaurants in the city. As a Creative City according to UNESCO in terms of gastronomy, Panama City is home to a vibrant and diverse gastronomic scene, led by world-class chefs. Travelers looking to stay in the heart of this district can choose from several luxury and boutique hotels, including newcomers La Compañía and Sofitel Legend.
Part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, the Company highlights three different eras of Panama's history with opulent modern design that brings a historic place to life. Each of its three wings restores a part of the old city (Casco Antiguo) at the height of contemporary luxury. (Opened spring 2022, US wing will debut later in 2022)
Sofitel Legend, the modern French luxury brand with iconic hotels around the world, will introduce its first hotel in North and Central America, bringing its quintessential art de vivre to the historic city of Casco Antiguo. Built directly on the water, with breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and the Panama City skyline, the hotel will feature a superior mix of facilities and services. (Opening Fall 2022)
Luxury cruise through the Panama Canal and surroundings
Panama City welcomes Atlas Ocean Voyages as a new homeport for the luxury and adventure expedition cruise line, giving travelers the opportunity to explore the destination beyond their cruise itinerary. Passengers can explore the Caribbean coast and learn about Panama's ancient history in the city of Colón, visit the indigenous communities in the San Blas Archipelago, and witness some of the most impressive views in the Caribbean. In Colón, visitors can go to the Spanish colonial city and Portobelo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to experience the country's Afro-Caribbean culture. In the San Blas Archipelago, travelers have a unique opportunity to swim and snorkel in the surrounding reefs and can interact with the Guna indigenous people of Panama who inhabit the islands. In 2023, Atlas expedition vessels will be some of the first to visit the new Panama Cruise Terminal at Fort Amador. The 10-night voyage from Panama to Bridgetown gives travelers the opportunity to transit the Panama Canal in style and visit the province of Colon, as well as the islands of the San Blas Archipelago.
Lovers of the sea are invited to complete their expedition vacations with a pre-cruise stay in Panama City, recognized as the most modern metropolis in Central America and a gateway to the country's vast history, culture and sprawling nature. . Located a few minutes south of the city's historic district is the Biomuseo, where eight dynamic galleries show how the Isthmus of Panama came to change the world and the country's commitment to protecting the environment.
In the center of Panama City, visitors can find the Metropolitan Natural Park, this 573-acre nature sanctuary is the only tropical forest that serves as a public recreational park for a metropolitan area. Despite its proximity to the city, there are 227 species of birds, 45 mammals, including monkeys and sloths, and 14 types of amphibians in the park. Just 45 minutes away from the city, Soberania National Park is easily accessible, offering the perfect nature-filled day trip. Visitors can book guided tours through the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, where swarms of colorful hummingbirds greet people before reaching the Canopy Tower that rises above the rainforest canopy.