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Physical rating

Average: 2 (out of 3)

Moderate walking and may include light hiking and climbing up hills or stairs.

Tour pace

You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads, unpaved trails, and muddy paths, with some hills.

Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage.

EF Tours for Girls and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. 

If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Traveler Support Team.

Passport & visa

In order to enter Panama, U.S. citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.

There is no visa required for U.S. citizens.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

We highly recommend that travelers do not check a bag due to storage limitations, airline fees and lost luggage. We suggest one carry-on suitcase and one personal item.

Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights. 

Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. Comfortable, casual clothing and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must for sightseeing.

A lightweight jacket is recommended, as the temperatures will change with the elevation throughout your tour.

A sun hat, sunglasses, and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.

Insect repellent is recommended for certain activities.

A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.


There are no major health risks associated with traveling to the countries on this tour.

At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at

Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in this region.

Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.

Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they're washed in clean water and peeled.

There are inherent risks associated with water activities, particularly for those with pre-existing medical conditions. Discuss your planned activities with your doctor or healthcare provider for the best advice on participation.

If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify us at least 70 days prior to departure by calling our Traveler Support Team.


Breakfast and dinners are included on tour and are pre-set with some local traditional food - don't worry picky eaters, there will be some familar options too. 

If you want to be adventurous for lunch try some authentic staples.

The food in Panama is extremely varied. Spanish and indigenous dishes blend with the flavors of France, Italy, Africa, and the Caribbean. Look out for delicious coconut rice, sancocho (chicken stew), and savory snacks, like empanadas and fried yucca.

Electricity & air conditioning

Panama operates on 110 volts and use Types A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.

We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.

The strength of the air conditioning in hotels in this region is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.

Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.


Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.

There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.

Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

Panama is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the same as Eastern Time (ET). Panama does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

From November through March, when it’s noon in New York, it’s noon in Panama. From April through October, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 11am in Panama. 


You will use the U.S. dollar in Panama. 

Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.

We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.

You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.

Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.


It's customary to offer your drivers and your Tour Director a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. 

We recommend tipping the equivalent of $6 USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3 USD per person per day for your drivers.

If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2 USD per local guide. 
Tips can only be paid in cash.

Free time activities

Some itineraries offer time for the girls to explore the city with fellow travelers and their Group Leader. Travelers should check in with their Group Leader for any specific questions about free time during their tour. Your Tour Director knows the area well and can recommend local favorites and activities.

Options might include a visit to a museum, sitting at a cafe to people-watch, souvenir shopping, taking pictures, listening to local music—the choices are endless.

Find free-time activities specifically for your destination using our free time tool.