Panama

Panama, the ‘crossroads of the Americas,’ has been attracting visitors since the Spanish carried their plundered South American gold across its Camino Real. Even today, it is a magnet for the shipping industry, as ships travel between the Pacific and the Atlantic through the Panama Canal

Its capital, Panama City, has become Latin America’s booming financial center. Here, modern skyscrapers and high-end shopping malls contrast with the ruins of Panama Viejo, the first Panama City, and the colonial buildings in Casco Antiguo.

Panama is a mecca for birders, who come in search of the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cloud forest’s cool highlands. Adrenaline junkies can go shark diving at Coiba National Park, stay with the indigenous Kuna community of the San Blas islands, or go off the grid and hike through the Darien, one of the most remote lands on earth. Get up close to the enormous locks and tankers at the impressive Panama Canal, Panama Canal, then return home with a bag of the country’s coffee, fresh from the lush, green plantations of Boquete, high in the Chiriqui highlands.

Where abouts in Panama?

Panama Dining: Where to Find the Best Fire-Grilled Steak Patagonia Grill: Where to find the best steak in Panama In our opinion, he best steak in Panama can be found at Patagonia Grill in San Francisco. Steaks are cooked over open fi...

Patagonia Grill, Avenida 4 C Sur, Panama City, Panama

Easy Patacones Recipe from Panama Easy recipe for Patacones, also called Tostones, a popular Latin American snack Fried plantains (tostones) are more popular in than fries in many places. Here's a simple patacones recipe for this chea...

Multicentro, Panamá, Panama

Exploring El Camino Real de Panama Explore el Camino Real de Panama, the route that once brought plundered Incan treasure back to the king of Spain. Once upon a time, long before Panama had its canal or a train, a road ran through the Panamanian jungle. This was not ju...

Quebrada Ancha, Alcalde Diaz, Panama

A Local’s Guide to Visiting the Panama Canal Expert guide to visiting the Panama Canal, by a local. Where to see the ships, what to expect, cost and what else you ca...

Miraflores Locks巴拿马运河, Panama City, Panama

Visit Boquete: a Mountain of Coffee & a Cloud Forest in Paradise Boquete mountain coffee town Dear Luke and Leia, I can't think of a better way to describe this expat community, tucked snugly into the mou...

Boquete, Chiriquí Province, Panama

Panama Viejo: Attacked and Sacked What to do in Panama: Visit historic Panama Viejo, first capital, oldest European settlement on the Pacific, and a World...

Panamá Viejo, Panama City, Panama

How to Cross the Darien Gap Between Panama and Colombia Is it possible to cross the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama? No road goes through the hazardous jungle, so what a...

Darién Gap, Panama

Recipe: Panamanian Sancocho National dish of Panama Panamanian sancocho (aka sancocho de gallina) is Panama's national dish. This is a must-try, authentic recipe for the Pa...

Casco Viejo Street Art: Graffiti in a UNESCO Site Graffiti in Casco Viejo Panama In Panama City's Casco Viejo street art abounds, even while the World Heritage site itself undergoes a renaissance.

Casco viejo panama basilica, San Felipe, Panama, Panama

How to Celebrate Carnival in Panama Celebrate Panama Carnival - second-largest party in the world Mourning the end of the holidays, longing for another excuse to party? Never fear, Panama's Carnival season is just arou...

Avenida Balboa, Panama City, Panama

El Valle de Anton, Panama City Mountain Getaway El Valle de Anton Mountain Getaway El Valle de Antón is a popular mountain getaway from Panama City. There are so many great things to do in El Valle, so w...

El Valle de Antón, Coclé Province, Panama

Strolling Through Casco Viejo in Panama Strolling Casco Viejo in Panama City, Panama Strolling through Casco Viejo's brick paved streets makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time where life was much...

Casco Viejo, Panama

Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe Panama? Do You Know The Way To Sante Fe, Panama Santa Fe Panama lies in the cooler, beautiful mountains that are the backbone of the country. Located just one hour nort...

Santa Fe, Veraguas Province, Panama

A Day Trip to Isla Grande Panama A Day Trip To Isla Grande A day trip to Isla Grande, a Caribbean island on the north coast of Panama that is popular day trip from Panama City.

Isla Grande, Colón Province, Panama

Inca Gold and the Royal Road Inca Gold and the Royal Road Enjoy a modern-day Indiana Jones type adventure and learn about Inca Gold and the Royal Road, on the historic Camino Rea...

Lago Alajuela

Enjoy the Panama International Air Show The Panama International Air Show, at Panama Pacifico International Airport, is a fun day for all ages.

Aeropuerto Internacional Panama Pacifico, Panamá Oeste, Panama

Two Days In Bocas Del Toro, Panama Two Days In Bocas del Toro, Panama A weekend escape from the Panama's capital city for two days in Bocas Del Toro. It's only a short flight from Panama Cit...

Bastimentos Island, Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

A Snorkeling Trip Under Bocas Del Toro Under Bocas Del Toro - A Snorkeling Trip. Today we are underwater in Bocas Del Toro, taking a snorkling trip to see the colorful fish and vibrant reef along Panam...

Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Visit Bambito in Chiriqui Panama Bambito in the Chiriqui highlands of Panama If you're looking for relaxation and a little adventure in Panama, take a look at Bambito, a small highland town in Chir...

Bambito, Chiriquí Province, Panama

Surviving in the Pearl Islands Isla Contadora in the Pearl Islands Dear Luke and Leia, We are surviving in the Pearl Islands these next few days…. Surviving? Yes, because this is wh...

Can You See Many Birds in Panama? Birding in Panama Panama is a bird mecca. People try to see how many varieties they can find. Here are some of the birds and other animals...

Pipeline Road, Corregimiento de Cristóbal, Colón Province, Panama

Spend a Day at Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo in Panama A Day at Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo Today we decided to spend one day at Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Summit is located only 20 minutes away from Panam...

Summit Municipal Park, Ancón, Panama

7 Things to See In Panama City Panama 7 Things to See in Panama City Today we began exploring and found 7 things to see in Panama City. We wanted to get a feel for our new home and what it...

Parque Natural Metropolitano, Panama City, Panama

Expats in Panama, Our New Home An Overview of Panama Living overseas as expats in Panama, here is a brief overview of the country and Panama City, our new home.

Av. Ricardo J. Alfaro, Panamá, Panama

Visiting an Embera Tribe in Darien, Panama Linda buys a basket in an Embera Indian village Visiting an Embera Indian village is a highlight in Panama's Darien and the best opportunity to buy an exquisite hand-wo...

Mogué, Panama

Celebrating Carnaval in Panama What to expect at Panama Carnaval, or Carnival, the 5-day holiday leading up to Lent that is not to be missed. Includes...

Avenida Balboa, Panama City, Panama

Top Things to Do in Panama City, Panama If you Google “things to do in Panama City,” you'll get a ton of information. The only problem is, it's usua...

Santa Fe Panama: Hiking in Veraguas Mountains Santa Fe, Panama A drive to Santa Fe Panama will bring you to an authentic town in the Veraguas Mountains, a world away from the hubbub o...

Santa Fe, Veraguas Province, Panama

Snorkeling in Bocas del Toro, Panama Snorkeling in Bocas del Toro For a truly memorable Panama adventure, snorkeling in Bocas del Toro is a must-do. Read these tips before you go.

Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Explore the Islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama Exploring Bocas del Toro Every trip to Panama should include a visit to Bocas del Toro. Leave the party scene behind and see the rest of these Ca...

Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Is Finca Lerida in Boquete Worth It? Finca Larieda, Boquete, Panama Finca Lerida is a picturesque boutique hotel in the mountains of Boquete, Panama. But is it worth the expense to stay th...

Hotel Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation and Boutique Hotel, Boquete, Panama

The Pristine Tropical Rainforest in Panama’s Darien Explore the deep jungle beauty of Panama's Darien province and its pristine tropical rainforest, captured in photos

Reserva Forestal Punta Patino, Chepigana District, Darién Province, Panama

Punta Chame: Panama City Getaway Just over an hour from Panama City are Punta Chame's beautiful white sand beaches. If you go during the week, you'll hav...

Punta Chame, Panama

Seeking Some Seafood at Panama City Fish Market vendor at Panama City fish market Panama Experience local color in Panama City at the fish market. Marvel at the low prices and enjoy some yourself at the food s...

Mercado de Mariscos, Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama

How We Like Living in Panama City We reflect on what it's like to live in Panama City and show you our Panamanian apartment.

San Francisco, Panama City, Panama

A Beautiful Place in Casco Viejo, Panama Bougainvillea Covered Walkway Panama City's Paseo Las Bovedas includes a bougainvillea-covered walkway lined with vendors selling traditional crafts.

Paseo de Las Bóvedas, San Felipe, Panama, Panama

Latest Panama articles

Explore el Camino Real de Panama, the route that once brought plundered Incan treasure back to the king of Spain.

Exploring El Camino Real de Panama

Once upon a time, long before Panama had its canal or a train, a road ran through the Panamanian jungle. This was not just any old road, however. It was the lifeline that connected Panama City, on the Pacific coast, with its Caribbean trading partner, Portobelo. This historic roa...

Tourism website: Visit Panama

Time zone: UTC/GMT -05:00

Currency: PAB & USD- Panamanian balboa & US dollar

Official language: Spanish

UNESCO World Heritage sites: 5

See more of the country in our Panama photo gallery.

 

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