Panama

Panama

Panamanians are proud of their nationality. Their country is culturally and ecologically diverse, and has been an important global transit point for centuries. A local saying claims Panama as the “bridge of the world, heart of the universe”.  Such a bold statement for a small country speaks to the depth and diversity of what lies within.

Panama is a narrow isthmus connecting Central America to South America, bordered by Costa Rica to the north and Colombia to the south. It is bordered by the Caribbean Sea on its eastern coast, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Its Caribbean coastline is dotted with hundreds of small islands, making up two distinct archipelagos – Guna Yala (San Blas) and Bocas del Toro. The Pacific coast is also endowed with many small islands as well as a few larger ones – namely Isla del Rey and Isla de Coiba. It has an incredible wealth of marine life, particularly in the national parks offshore of the Western Highlands.

Best known for its world famous canal and cosmopolitan Panama City, the country of Panama has a great deal more to offer the adventurous traveler than these two landmarks alone. The locals are as varied as the landscape, which ranges from dense jungle to enormous volcanoes, to high mountains, cool coffee farms, sky-scraping metropolises and sandy beaches.

There is good surfing, vibrant nightlife, fascinating history, and resilient indigenous people clinging to their culture. Opportunities abound for those adventurous enough to dive in, and the rewards are great.

Follow in Megan McCormick’s footsteps – browse Panama hats (not actually from Panama as she discovers!), taste the local street food, and enjoy an exciting visit to the Guna territory in Guna Yala province. Check out Globe Trekker Panama and Colombia for more inspiration and to share Megan’s experience.

 

 

 

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