Bocas del Toro Tours, Vacations & Travel Packages
Located 32 km (19.88 mi) from the Costa Rican border, Bocas del Toro is an archipelago in Panama that is made up of six islands, several uninhabited islets and two national parks to be enjoyed on a Panama vacation.
Christopher Columbus came to the archipelago during his final voyage in 1502. As gold was not plentiful on the islands, the Spanish did not colonize much of the archipelago. This allowed the area to become a haven for pirates who would use the islands as rest spots to repair their ships. When the French Huguenots arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Spanish sent a militia to remove them devastating the indigenous population with the disease as well as fighting.
The 19th century witnessed several aristocrats come to the archipelago with their slaves. However, once slavery was abolished, many of the now-freed people decided to make their homes in Bocas del Toro. By the end of the century, the archipelago’s banana industry had begun and was quite successful, eventually becoming part of Chiquita Brands International.
The archipelago is home to Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, the first marine park in the country hosting a great deal of Caribbean wildlife. Bocas del Toro also shares UNESCO World Heritage-listed La Amistad International Park with Costa Rica. The opportunity to see incredible flora and fauna, on trips to Panama whether on land or in water, is incredible making Bocas del Tora one of Panama’s most popular tourist destinations.
Panama Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Panama vacations.
Learn about the history and culture of Panama, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Panama's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips and visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Panama for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Panama tours today!
Extend Your Trip
After your Panama Tour, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island tours, Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.
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