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For 500 years travelers have yearned to crisscross Panama, and today’s reasons are even more compelling than those that had visitors calling for a canal as early as the 1500s. More and more modern-day explorers are visiting Panama every year in search of seclusion on the San Blas Islands or Bocas del Toro Archipelago, coffee tours in the highlands of Boquete, overnights in Embera villages on the banks of the Chagres River, or strolls in the UNESCO-recognized old town of Panama City. It’s time to grab a hat (you know which kind) and go.... Read More For 500 years travelers have yearned to crisscross Panama, and today’s reasons are even more compelling than those that had visitors calling for a canal as early as the 1500s. More and more modern-day explorers are visiting Panama every year in search of seclusion on the San Blas Islands or Bocas del Toro Archipelago, coffee tours in the highlands of Boquete, overnights in Embera villages on the banks of the Chagres River, or strolls in the UNESCO-recognized old town of Panama City. It’s time to grab a hat (you know which kind) and go.    Close

Stories and Tips Panama

Peeing on Blankets, Traffic, and Other Semana Santa Customs

Written by Mandan Lynn on 01 Apr, 2013

The Coronado beach area is THE place to be during Semana Santa, as 2/3 of Panama City (that's a million people) proves when they drive out here to spend their four-day weekend.We went into Coronado early on Thursday morning and were surprised that the traffic…Read More


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Hiking Near La Laguna

Written by Mandan Lynn on 01 Apr, 2013

From the Pan American Highway, if you go up the mountain near Coronado at the Las Lajas turn and drive for 20-30 minutes, you'll come across a beautiful little lake near the town of La Laguna. Entry costs a dollar (I couldn't figure out if…Read More


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Beach Volleyball

Written by Mandan Lynn on 01 Apr, 2013

A dedicated -- and growing -- group of volleyball lovers gather on the beach in Gorgona once a week to play this fantastic game. I started playing volleyball when I was about 13 years old, and I've loved it every since. When we lived in…Read More


Weekly Las Uvas Farmer's Market at Paraiso

Written by Mandan Lynn on 01 Apr, 2013

Paraiso hosts a weekly farmer's market every Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Though it's not quite as big or well-attended as its monthly Coronado counterpart, it's every bit as lovable. Pineapples (for $1), papaya, broccoli, and passion fruit are on sale every week. Fresh juices -- pineapple,…Read More


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Spay Panama

Written by Mandan Lynn on 01 Apr, 2013

Panama is full of stray dogs, all of whom seem to be related, based on appearances. Part of the problem is due, of course, to uncontrolled breeding.Spay Panama is dedicated to solving that problem and improving the lives of the existing dogs. Every month, they…Read More


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Chinese Food in Gorgona

Written by Mandan Lynn on 01 Apr, 2013

Restaurante Nueva Gorgona is located on the right side of the road right after you turn off the Pan American Highway into Gorgona. By the looks of it -- a plain white store front with "Restaurante Nueva Gorgona" painted near the top in a similar…Read More


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Hiking Volcán Barú

Written by Mandan Lynn on 11 Mar, 2013

Volcán Barú is the highest mountain in Panama, so naturally we wanted to be at the top. When I told the girl at the hostel desk if we could get directions to the volcano, she seemed surprised that we were going hiking during the day.…Read More


Not Quite the Wildlife We Wanted to See

Written by Saphira on 15 Jan, 2010

So far the El Charco trail had been disappointing. The suspension bridge at the beginning of the trail at the Soberania National Park had been full of promise and potential. I felt like I was in one of those tropically themed sections…Read More


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Panama City-Free or Almost Free

Written by Saphira on 20 Jun, 2009

EMERALD MUSEUM Run by the country of Columbia, this former bank turned museum is located in Plaza Francia in the San Felipe section of the city. Though small, the museum is packed with information regarding how emeralds are formed, mined and turned into jewelry.…Read More


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Panama-The Driving Experience

Written by Saphira on 30 May, 2009

There is something about vacation that makes you less annoyed when people driving in front of you are moving slowly. Maybe you are just generally more relaxed or maybe it’s the different scenery. We were taking this laid back approach as we lingered…Read More


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