Azuero Peninsula is a large peninsula in southern Panama. It’s made up of three culturally rich provinces: Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas. Azuero is known as the folkloric centre of Panama, the traditional clothing, such as the beautiful pollera, and handicrafts such as ceramics based on pre-Colombian designs. Traces of Spanish-colonial Panama can still be found throughout the peninsula in small towns such as Parita and Pedasi with red-tiled houses and elaborate ironwork.
Panamanians proudly refer it as the ‘heartland’ of the country due to its rich farm lands and annual carnivals. Chitré and Las Tablas, its two largest towns with well-intact Spanish culture, have a rich history that dates back to pre-Columbian times. Its lively history can be glimpsed in its churches, museum, and plazas. The eastern part of the peninsula is the most developed, with some of the best beaches in Panama.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY PANAMA HONEYMOON HOLIDAY…
And, experience Panama City with stay on the Azuero Peninsula.
International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. Services arrive daily from the US (most are routed through Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston or Miami) and other Central and South American cities; KLM and Iberia fly from Amsterdam and Madrid, respectively. Flights from San José, in neighbouring Costa Rica, often stop in David before continuing on to Panama City. The recently upgraded airport in David is expected to see direct international flights from and to the US at some point.
Panama City, Azuero Peninsula
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive
Panama On arrival at the Tocumen International Airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted by private transfer to your hotel in Panama City.
Overnight at Casco Viejo
Day 02 – City Tour
Panama City Take a private guided tour of the famous first city of Panama La Vieja. This was the first Spanish city established on the Pacific side, and destroyed in 1671 by the famous English pirate Henry Morgan, who took Fort San Lorenzo on the Caribbean side and proceeded to Panama City.
Continue to Casco Antiguo, the city that was strategically constructed in 1673 after Henry Morgan abolished the first city. It was built by the Spanish and then used by the French during the construction of the canal and also by the railroad workers. Here you will observe the diverse architecture and city layout. Take a panoramic view of the city from Ancon Hill before lunch at a gourmet restaurant in the city, Manolo Caracol or similar.
Next, travel to the Miraflores Locks, the entrance to the Pacific side of the canal. Here you will learn about and watch this engineering master piece in motion. In the nearby French Cemetery, you may pay your respect to over 1,000 people who died in the construction of the canal.
Overnight at Casco Viejo (B, L)
Day 03 – The Surrounds
Panama City A free day for your to explore the city, go shopping or just relax by the pool. Optional tours are available upon request to the rainforest, Portobello, El Valle, Isla Grande and many more.
Overnight at Casco Viejo (B)
Day 04 – Transfer
Azuero Peninsula Today, take a private picturesque transfer or flight to the Azuero Peninsula.
The transfer by road is picturesque and will see Panama’s diverse terrain, starting in Panama City and heading west through the Cocle, Veraguas, Herrera and Los Santos Provinces. You will stop along the way for lunch and at other points of interest before reaching your final destination at the south-eastern end of the peninsula.
Overnight at Villa Camilla (B, L, D)
Day 05 & 06 – Explore
Azuero Peninsula At your own pace and with your private guide, you will have the day to explore the peninsula. A trail winds through the valleys of Azueros from Villa Camilla to the beach, making for excellent hiking and biking adventures. Complementary mountain bikes are available for use. There are also optional tours available to discover the hidden wonders of the area such as snorkelling, diving and surfing. We also recommend that you visit the surrounding towns to experience life in Azuero. (BLD)
Overnight at Villa Camilla (B, L, D)
Day 07 – Transfer
Panama City Private transfer from Villa Camila to Panama City.
Overnight at Bristol Hotel (B)
Day 08 – Departure
Panama City Private transfer to Tocumen International Airport for your onward flight (B)
Make this your holiday
When to go The best time to visit Panama is during the dry season from around mid-December to mid-April. There is a prolonged rainy season from May to November, with the heaviest rain between October and November. Rain in Panama tends to come in sudden short downpours followed by sunshine.
Days are hot, nights much cooler; temperatures range from 32 °C (90 °F) during the daytime to 21 °C (70 °F) in the evening practically year-round. Humidity is always high at about 80 percent. Temperatures vary according to geography. The climate is less tropical at higher elevations. In mountain areas the average annual temperature ranges from 10ºC to 19ºC (50-66ºF) at various mountain elevations.
Visa The UK, Germany and Switzerland citizens and many other nationalities need only a passport to enter Panama, while people from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Venezuela and some other countries need a tourist visa or tourist card as well.
British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Panama except if arriving by sea. You must have a return or onward ticket and the equivalent of US$500 or a credit card.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of exit from Panama. Your passport must also have several unused pages.
For further information with the Embassy of the Republic of Panama in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk