What to do and where to go in Panama

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Veraguas
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Veraguas

Tourism pamphlets boast that Veraguas is the only province with coasts on both oceans. This attribute doesn’t help the tourist because the Caribbean side across the mountains of the Continental Divide is still an undeveloped wilderness un-reachable by road. But the Pacific side has attractions in good measure. The provincial capital, Santiago, has simple but …

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Darien

Darién Province is the wildest part of Panama, southeast of Panama City and bordering Colombia. The Darién contains huge swaths of untouched jungle and indigenous peoples living much as they have for centuries. Nearly all of Panama’s 927 bird species (as many as the USA and Canada combined) can be found in the Darién making …

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Colon and the Costa Arriba

  Colon is all the tropic ports of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. Rightly so. Every street corner and bar here knows ten thousand tales as exuberant or as melancholy or as cockeyed or as ironic as any those two travellers spun. Colon is a strange town which has relished bonanzas and endured depressions throughout …

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Coclé – El Valle

The “Central provinces” of Panama include the provinces of Coclé and Veraguas, situated to the west of Panama City, along the Pan-American Highway, and the provinces of Los Santos and Herrera on the Azuero Peninsula. These provinces are considered to be the cultural heartland of Panama, a region of quaint little towns, history and strong …

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Chiriqui

There is a magical quality to the Chiriquí highlands. In a misty land of eternal spring where bright flowers grow at the roadside, the traveller is rewarded with surreal images of surpassing beauty. They may be of herds of horses galloping in the mist on a highland thoroughbred ranch; peaceful vistas of terraced farmland below …

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Azuero Peninsula

The remote Azuero peninsula, insulated from change and revered by Panamanians for its colonial cultural roots, traditional festivals and extravagant carnival celebrations, is now attracting the attention of a wider public, lured by unbelievable fishing, some of the best surfing beaches in the world, bird-watching, eco tourism, pristine beaches and the prospect of buying lots …

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Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro, an archipelago of islands in the west of Panama, is recognized as Panama’s Caribbean jewel and is a prime tourist destination. The Bocas region boasts clean, calm waters, huge tracts of virgin hardwood and rain forests. It is a last refuge for many endangered species. The diversity of birds, coral and aquatic …

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Panama City

Panama City earns its sobriquet “Crossroads of the World”. The fact that so many people pass this way, and so many pause awhile, gives this Latin city a uniquely international feeling. The city has a population of about 700,000—about the same as Portland, Oregon—and a vitality about the same as a parlay of Rio de …

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Colon and the Costa Arriba

Colón is all the tropic ports of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. Rightly so. Every street corner and bar here knows ten thousand tales as exuberant or as melancholy or as cockeyed or as ironic as any those two travellers spun. Colón is a strange town which has relished bonanzas and endured depressions throughout its …

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