Flights to Panama – Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe
Panama is a perfect blend of natural and man-made attractions, like lush cloud forests and coffee farms, shining blue coastlines, pristine tropical islands, historic marvels, glittering skyscrapers, and indigenous territories. It is located in North America, bordered by Colombia, the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean Sea, with Panama City being its capital. The country is also called as “Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe” because it is an international business center as well as home to the great man-made wonder, the Panama Canal. Hike atop Volcano Baru (3,474 m) and experience a unique view of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans together.
Best time to visit
Mid-December to mid-April is the dry season and the best time to visit Panama, with blue skies, zero rainfall, easy exploration of the rainforests, and clear waters for swimming, scuba diving, and sport fishing. It is also the season of festivals like Christmas, Holy Week, New Year, and Carnival. During the rainy season from April to November, the Pacific Coast offers surfing and white water rafting, while the Azuero Peninsula opens up a picturesque scenery. Due to Zika outbreak, pregnant women should refrain from traveling to Panama.
How to get there
Tocumen International Airport is the major international airport of Panama City and provides uninterrupted connectivity to major cities of the world. Top international airlines such as Emirates, Air India, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Vistara, Air Canada, British Airways, Lufthansa, etc. ply numerous connecting flights every week, from India to Panama City. This airport is located about 17 km from Panama City and has very good public transport systems like taxis, shuttle, and bus services.
Places to stay
Choose from a plethora of lodging options in Panama, right from budget hotels, boutique hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, eco-lodges, resorts, and homestays, to self-catering apartments, vacation rentals, hostels, beach hotels, and camps. The Downtown area, Bella Vista, Casco Viejo, Marbella, and Arraijan are the best tourist accommodation areas in Panama City. The hotel prices per night range from INR 1,000 to INR 23,000, approximately.
Panama City offers amazing tourist attractions, such as the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Amador Causeway, Panama La Vieja, Ancon Hill, Biomuseo, San Jose Church, Iglesia del Carmen church, Metropolitan National Park, Baha'i Temple, Bridge of the Americas, Gatun Lake, and Avenida Balboa. The Panama Canal is a 48-mile-long waterway that connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is a treat to the eyes. The Miraflores Visitor Center showcases the history of the canal and its importance among the Panamanian people. Visit the Coiba National Marine Park, the largest island in Central America that has unparalleled marine diversity and offers amazing scuba diving and snorkeling activities.
The San Blas Islands is a must-visit. It is a beautiful island in East Panama, which is home to Panama’s indigenous people and their rich culture. Isla Taboga, about 20 km from Panama City, hosts numerous sandy beaches and water sports activities. Santa Catalina on the Chiriquí Gulf is known for world-class surfing and natural beauty.
You can also visit other attractions, like Sendero Los Quetzales, Playa Las Lajas, Red Frog Beach, and Bocas del Toro.
Shopping in Panama
Artesanía (indigenous handicrafts) are a must-buy in Panama. Try your hands at other popular products like clothing, jewelry, painted hats and shirts, beach bags, pillowcases, etc. made from Molas (reversed appliqué panels) by Kuna Indian women. You can also try tagua nuts (vegetable ivory figurines), Emberá Indian masks and baskets, Ngobe-Buglé dresses, etc.
Panamanian cuisine comprises Spanish, African, and Native American ingredients, techniques, and dishes. A vast variety of tropical vegetables, herbs, and fruits are also used. The popular, must-try dishes of Panama include Arroz con Pollo (rice and chicken), Hojaldras (fried dough), Empanada (baked pastry with meat filling), Sancocho (chicken stew), and Ceviche (seafood appetizer).
•Which are the budget airlines to Panama?
Lufthansa is the budget airline to Panama.
•What is the time difference between India and Panama?
Panama is 10 hours and 30 minutes behind India.
•What is the average duration for flying to Panama City from major Indian metros?
Delhi to Panama City – 23 hours
Bangalore to Panama City – 23 hours and 40 minutes
Chennai to Panama City – 27 hours and 29 minutes
Kolkata to Panama City – 26 hours and 34 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Panama?
Frankfurt, Miami, Delhi, and New York are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Panama.
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