Panama travel guide

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A country with a lot of historical influence.

Still off the radar of most travelers, Panama – sandwiched between the Pacific and the Caribbean, right where Central America meets South – is as lush, mountainous, and wild as neighboring Costa Rica (or even the Amazon) but with much more elbow room. Start in Panama City, hoof around the Havana-like cobbled district Casco Viejo, and then see the famed Panama Canal. The sea’s always nearby in slender Panama, but inland adventures should not be overlooked, particularly rafting trips and mountain hikes in the coffee country around Boquete in the Chiriquí Highlands. On the Caribbean coast, Bocas del Toro is a popular constellation of half a dozen islands with beaches, diving trips, and sea turtles – and increasing numbers of condos. Over on the Pacific, far quieter Santa Catalina is Panama’s premier surf spot with five-dollar beach cabanas and local fishers offering snorkel trips. Those bent on real adventure – but not of the type found in druggy port town Colón – can consider perhaps the hemisphere’s most intense trip into the rugged Darién Gap, which borders Colombia. With a guide, boat trips navigate puma lairs along thickly jungled canals – book a tour or arrange a boat in La Palma, reachable by air from Panama City. That’s as "out there" as you can get.

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  • Amazing country with friendly people and beautiful scenery. visit the Azuero Peninsula for empty beaches and cheap local food and drink
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  • Awesome destination
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  • One of the most beautiful and known for its Panama Canal. You can explore many historical places in the Panama.
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  • An underrated vacation destination! Panama is still less expensive than Costa Rica, and the coasts and mountains are just as beautiful - and still different! They tend to go on a southern hemisphere time frame, though they're actually not quite down under...
    about a decade ago report abuse
  • Panama ist mein Traumland geworden!! Das SICHERSTE REISELAND Lateinamerikas !! Wogegen die Nachbarn ( Costa R. & Kolumbien) immer unsicherer und kriminell werden! Nachts in Panama-city für Frau alleine kein Problem, "high live and fun" ohne Anmache! Das Hotel-resort Playa-Blanca empfehlenswertes all incl. mit einsamen Stränden, aber wunderbar sind die "Islas Perlas" im Golf von Panama! 2 Std. mit dem Speedboot oder 40min.Flug. auf Contadora sind nette B&B sowie das Hotel-Contadora wo Affen die Reste aus den Bargläsern austrinken und dann besoffen am Baum hängen..............., keine Angst, die beissen nicht, sind ganz zahm! Es gibt noch vieles zu sehen und erleben in Panama, besonders hervorzuheben ist Boquete mit seinen Kaffeeplantagen, und die wunderbare kühlere Luft in den Bergen mit ca. 1700m Höhe. Vom erloschenen Vulcan Baru kann man links den Pazifik sehen und rechts die Karibik, einfach grandios........... Boquete wurde von Europäern 1904 gegründet, die auch mit dem Kaffe dort anfingen. Wenn es in Pa-city 35 Grad hat, hat es dort oben 24 !! Es gibt noch sehr vieles, fragt mich!!
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  • Ciudad de Panamà es muy Bonito :)
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