Twin centre holidays in Panama
Why go twin-centre in Panama?
Panama is one of those destinations that can't be seen properly if you only visit a single place - there is just so much diversity in this nation waiting to be discovered. It's a land of contrasts. From its glittering urban hubs like Panama City and feats of human engineering such as its eponymous canal, to vast swathes of unspoilt rainforest and glorious stretches of coastline, Panama really does cover it all.
This is why a twin-centre holiday in Panama is the best way to go if you want to leave feeling as though you've got a real flavour of this fantastic Central American nation. By booking this sort of trip, you can enjoy discovering the vibrant and eclectic streets of Panama City's varied districts and follow your urban exploration with a week spent in the rainforest and at one of the country's stunning beaches.
You needn't worry about comfort if you plan to visit some of the nation's natural attractions either, as there are luxury hotels in Panama's rainforest areas, as well as in its big cities. Choosing this type of holiday really does mean you can have the best of both worlds.
Exploring Panama City - a vibrant hub
Panama City is the country's capital and truly is a thriving urban centre. The great thing about spending time in Panama City is that you'll have the opportunity to delve into the nation's history, as well as to explore its modern achievements.
For the former, a walk around the UNESCO-recognised Old Town is essential, as this is where you'll find evidence of Panama's colonial past. The cobbled streets are lined by old mansions, European-style churches and souvenir shops where you can pick up all manner of handicrafts, as well as that essential accessory - the Panama hat.
To go even further back in to the city's past, take a trip just a few kilometres outside of the Old Town to the ruins of Old Panama - the spot where the city was originally constructed all the way back in 1519. The remains of the cathedral tower are the most recognisable landmark here, but the whole site offers a fascinating insight into the colonial expansion of the 16th century.
From old to new, make sure you leave plenty of time to explore Panama City's newer districts, such as the Coastal Strip. Here, skyscrapers dominate the skyline and there are various public parks dotted between the bustling business districts. With over 3.5 km of cycle ways here too, getting around by bike is easy and one of the best options if you fancy a quick tour.
Get back to nature
Once you've had your fill of the modern delights of Panama City, head to the country's rainforest for some rest and relaxation in an outstanding natural setting. Ecotourism is very much on the up here, with plenty of environmentally-friendly lodges and resorts nestled into the nation's vast green spaces.
The Gamboa Rainforest Reserve, which is just a short distance from the capital, is a popular place for those who don't want to travel too far. You can spend your time here walking along forest trails or take a ride in the cable car, which slowly moves you through and above the forest canopy for a different perspective on the habitat.
Alternatively, you can discover the wonderful Baru Volcano National Park, which is home to Panama's only volcano and its highest peak. This area of protected tropical rainforest is a delight to explore on foot and, if you're feeling up to the challenge, you can even hike to the summit at 3,475 m high.
But in terms of natural delights it isn't just rainforest that you can enjoy on a holiday in Panama, as the country is blessed with two stunning coastlines, not to mention numerous islands. For a truly relaxing experience, you should head to the Las Perlas archipelago.
This group of islands boasts secluded beaches with the softest sand you're ever likely to feel beneath your feet. Many of the isles in this group are uninhabited and even unnamed - ideal if you're after your own desert island paradise for a day or two.
Unwind and relax on a Panama holiday
If visiting the pristine islands of the Las Perlas archipelago isn't enough to make you relax, we're not sure what will, but luckily Panama has plenty of luxury hotels where your every need will be taken care of, regardless of where you stay.
Top-quality hotels and resorts, both in Panama City and elsewhere in the country's stunning natural scenery, are available to ensure you have the most memorable and wonderful getaway. Many of these are home to onsite spas, so if you need a bit of help unwinding, or just fancy being pampered, you won't have far to go to enjoy an indulgent treatment or massage.
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