Located in the southeast of Central America is Panama, but this is not only its channel, which is what comes to mind if we hear about this country, but also wonderful beaches and the place with the greatest biodiversity in the world. Nowadays, Panama offers two very different faces: that of the modern city with its skyscrapers and its emerging economy, and that of the north of the country, where the relaxed atmosphere so characteristic of the Caribbean people is breathed.
Indeed Panama is famous because it has one of the most amazing and incredible engineering works that connects two great oceans, Atlantic and Pacific: the Panama Canal that became one of the best shortcuts in the world. It is worth seeing this wonder, there are two visitor centers that offer observation platforms where you can see the big cargo ships go through the locks, in addition to the Museum that explains how it was built and expanded. You can also take boat and kayak excursions, even hire a short route through the big gates.
Panama City has become an essential visit in the country; its oldest and smallest neighborhood, Casco Viejo, is known for its historic character, beautiful architecture and vibrant nightlife, and although it is within walking distance of the heart of the city full of skyscrapers, it feels like a world away. Art and culture are evident in every building, park, square and street. Cinta Costera, is a walk that allows pedestrians and cyclists to get from the center to the coast, you will go around artists, couples, and squares with live music, as well as having good views of the city. I recommend you to go to the Mercado de Mariscos, where there is not only a sale but a good variety of outdoor stands and a restaurant inside.
Panama has a good offer of beaches:
* Guna Yala or better known as San Blas is one of the most remote places in Panama, offering postcard images in each of its 400 islands of white sand and green palm trees. In addition, a visit to this area of the Caribbean allows you to get close to one of the indigenous groups of Panama: the Guna.
* Bocas Del Toro, without doubt the touristiest place in the country. Its beaches are also very attractive, although they have the paradisiacal aspect of other Caribbean beaches; there are accommodations for all budgets and many activities to do: you can surf, dive or simply observe the varied marine fauna.
* Coiba Island, a natural paradise that remains quite wild with few visitors and is considered one of the ten best places in the world to dive. It is a National Marine Park where you will find unique species such as macaws, humpback whales, whale shark or hammerhead.
* Santa Catalina, surf lovers will find a paradise in this place that was previously a small fishing village.
You have to escape from the buildings of the capital to see the most authentic and green face of Panama, a tropical country with two long coasts perfect to enjoy nature. In addition to enjoying the beaches, adventure tourism includes flying over the jungle on a zip line, swimming with different species or volcanic hiking with spectacular views of the cloud forests.
You can also explore the ruins of Spanish forts such as Portobelo or San Lorenzo on the Caribbean coast, venture into native territories in a canoe or indulge in the thrilling observation of wildlife, which appears everywhere: Macaws, toucans, sloths , squirrel monkeys … Even if only one is a spectator, the sounds of the jungle remain etched in the memory.
Adventure activities such as climbing or rafting are just some of the possibilities to enjoy Boquete, also famous for its coffee plantations, a place to abandon the most typical routes and enjoy nature in the densest jungle of the country.
There is a Panama for every traveler. You only need to choose what you want to see and if you want to immerse yourself in the culture of the country or prefer to do it in their seas or both. Panama is dynamic and culturally diverse, rustic and sophisticated, do not miss it!