The Rough Guide to Panama

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Practical travel guide to Panama featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Panama. The Rough Guide to Panama also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Panama, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Panama covers: Panama City, The Panama Canal and Central Isthmus, Central Panama, The Azuero Peninsula, Chiriqui and Veraguas, Bocas del Toro, Guna Yala, The Darién and Eastern Panama.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Panama, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Guna Yala to family activities in child-friendly places, like Parque Nacional Soberanía or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Santa Fé de Veraguas.


Essential pre-departure information including Panama entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Panama give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for snorkelling, diving, hiking, boat trips, birdwatching or visiting gourmet coffee estates.


Rough Guides' rundown of Panama City, Bocas del Toro, Santa Catalina and Cordillera Central's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Panama, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Panama, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Panama, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Guna Yala and the spectacular Biomuseo.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Santa Fé, Darién and many more locations in Panama, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241280690
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 11/1/2017
Pages: 328
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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5.0 out of 5, 3 global ratings

Amazon Customer

A readable and informative guide

Reviewed on November 03, 2017
Paperback | Verified

This 328-page book - the 3rd (printed) edition of November 2017 - is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to the Central American country of Panama, to be found at the base of the American isthmus between Costa Rica to the west and Colombia to the south.

Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.

The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, etc.)
P022: Basics (travel, transport, accommodation, health, food & drink, and other important stuff for visitors – “travel essentials”)

The Guide:
P050: Panama City
P090: The Panama Canal & central isthmus
P126: Central Panama
P150: The Azuero Peninsula
P178: Chiriqui & Veraguas
P216: Bocas del Toro
P244: Guna Yala
P270: The Darien & eastern Panama

P290: Contexts (articles on history, wildlife, the environment, etc.)
P314: Language
P320: Index

Amazon Customer

Five Stars

Reviewed on January 30, 2016
Paperback | Verified

This publication given as a gift to friend going to Panama. She loves it and found the advise helpful

Amazon Customer

Five Stars

Reviewed on July 06, 2015
Paperback | Verified

Helped me alot!

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