What kind of visas are required for a Panama tour?
Bring a valid passport that will not expire until at least six months after your departure date. Visas are not required for US or Canadian citizens. Every visitor to Panama needs a Panama Tourist Card. Some airlines let you purchase them upon check-in for your flight to Panama City, while others require that you wait and purchase the card when you arrive. The fee is currently $5 per person.
What kind of vaccinations are required for travel to Panama?
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you entering Panama from an affected area; however, the US and Canada are not affected areas. The CDC recommends that all travelers to Panama be up-to-date on vaccinations for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT), poliovirus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid, but you should consult with your personal physician. We will be visiting Bocas del Toro, where malaria is present, as part of this Panama travel package so malaria medication is recommended.
What kind of weather can I expect during my trip to Panama?
Panama lies between 7 degrees and 9 degrees above the Equator, which places it firmly within the Tropics. Average year-round temperatures are a balmy 75°F to 85°F, varying only with altitude. The average temperature in the Chiriquí Highlands, for example, is 60°F, and is the only area in Panama where you will likely feel cold
Humidity is always high in Panama, and rainfall varies noticeably between the Pacific and Caribbean sides of the country, with some areas in the Caribbean receiving almost twice the yearly rainfall of Panama City. Caribbean destinations such as Bocas del Toro have a shorter dry season, usually September/October and February/March, but really showers can occur on any day
The Chiriquí Highlands experiences a variety of microclimates that can change drastically, sometimes even within a few miles. In Boquete, high winds and a peculiar misting rain called bajareque are common from mid-December to mid-February; January sees the occasional thunderstorm, and March to May are the sunniest months.