Weekend getaway: 36 hours in Panama City; Freda Moon; NY Times
Panama City, the perpetually flowering capital of Panama is among the unsung cosmopolitan capitals of the Americas.
The Misunderstood Histories of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Story; Elizabeth Fazzare; Conde Nast Traveler
Panama Viejo, Casco Antiguo, the colonial heart that united America and Spain; La Prensa Latina Media
The tower of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, a 30-meter-tall former bell tower, greets tourists visiting the ruins of Panama Viejo, the first European city in the Pacific, founded in 1519, and an important commercial hub between the Old and New Worlds. Panama Viejo and the Casco Antiguo (Spanish for Old Quarter) of Panama City were major commercial ports that connected Spain and America.
Source: Panama Viejo, Casco Antiguo, the colonial heart that united America and Spain – La Prensa Latina Media
Panama Is Finally Having Its ‘Moment.’ That Could Change Latin American Real Estate And Hospitality Forever; Peter Lane Taylor; Forbes
After years of being misunderstood, Panama is perfectly poised for a luxury hospitality and real estate boom. Every other country should be paying attention…
Source: Panama Is Finally Having Its ‘Moment.’ That Could Change Latin American Real Estate And Hospitality Forever
How a Former Penal Colony in Panama Became a Biodiversity Hotspot; Laura Kiniry; Smithsonian Magazine
For decades, Coiba Island was inhabited by prisoners. Now, scientists and adventurous tourists visit a national park teeming with wildlife…
Source: How a Former Penal Colony in Panama Became a Biodiversity Hotspot
Panama Develops Sustainable Tourism in Portobelo; Ozgur Tore; FTN News
Tribe in Panama Wins Landmark Case Granting Them Stewardship of 400,000 Acres of Pristine Ancestral Forests; Andy Corbley; Good News Network
After 50 years of legal battling, Panama’s Naso Tribe La Amistad National Park, has won their land rights case and now manages the forest.
Source: Tribe in Panama Wins Landmark Case Granting Them Stewardship of 400,000 Acres of Pristine Ancestral Forests
Experience the wonders of Panama on this virtual tour; Lydia Schrandt; USA Today
The Central American nation of Panama offers big adventures in a small package. Come along to explore some of the country’s most beautiful places.
Source: Experience the wonders of Panama on this virtual tour
17 Things to do in Panama City Before Your UnCruise; Dave & Deb; The Planet D
Looking for things to do in Panama City, Panama? Whether you are going on a cruise through the Panama Canal or escaping to the islands, chances are you will visit the capital city for a day or two…
Source: 17 Things to do in Panama City Before Your UnCruise | The Planet D
Why Adventure Travelers Are Obsessed With This Tiny Patch of Jungle; Jen Rose Smith; Fodors
There is a recent trend in adventure travel of tourists flocking to the Darién Gap, a small jungle patch that is the only break in the 30,000-mile Pan-American Highway, which passes through 14 countries as it winds from Alaska to Argentina. After severing in Yaviza, the route starts back up in Colombia, the two dangling ends a tantalizing 60 miles apart. The area can be quite dangerous–here’s what you need to know about it.
Source: Why Adventure Travelers Are Obsessed With This Tiny Patch of Jungle
‘We are nature’s best guardians, not the State’; Gabriella Rutherford; Intercontinental Cry
One indigenous nation. One UNESCO World Heritage site. In the Bocas del Toro region of Panama, everything is at stake.
Monkey see, monkey do: Islands in Panama offer glimpse into animal innovation; Kevin McLean; PRI
Scientists found the capuchin monkey using stone tools to crush food in 2018 in a wildlife preserve in Panama. Earlier this spring, researchers went back to learn more about the monkey’s innovation. #livableplanet
Source: Monkey see, monkey do: Islands in Panama offer glimpse into animal innovation
11 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Panama City, Panama; Lana Law; PlanetWare
Source: 11 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Panama City, Panama | PlanetWare
25 Places No One Will Be Going In 2019 (And We Can Have All To Ourselves); Ara Chai; The Travel
Take a look at 25 different places around the world that offer just as many unique opportunities to have the time of a lifetime, all alone!
Source: 25 Places No One Will Be Going In 2019 (And We Can Have All To Ourselves)
Finding Panama City’s groove with Hard Rock; Pamela Jacobs; Travel Weekly
The team at the hotel realizes that it is surrounded by some of the best culture, history and food — and plenty of local music — in all of Latin America, and they want guests to be completely immersed in it.
How a Deadly Prison Island Became a Natural Paradise; Sarah Gibbens; National Geographic
For almost 100 years, Coíba was inhabited only by criminals and political prisoners. Now it’s one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.
Beautiful but extremely dangerous—that’s how many Panamanians think of the island of Coíba 30 miles from their southern coast.
The largest island of the 38 islands contained in Coíba National Park, Coíba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Containing just over 120,000 acres, it makes those who visit its shores feel as if they’re stepping back in time to an era when the Earth was undeveloped. In addition to the 1,450 plant species on the island, Coíba’s forests are filled with hundreds of unique animals, and pristine coral reefs lie just beyond Coíba’s beaches.
8 endangered UNESCO sites to see now; Jen Rose Smith; CNN
(CNN) – Florida manatees swim and sleep in the sunshine and golden-brown panthers prowl the shady forests at Everglades National Park.
Panama’s sights span centuries as its canal joins oceans; Lini S Kadaba; Inquirer
PANAMA CITY, Panama – Our speedboat trail of white foam stretches in a wide arc far behind as we race across Lake Gatun. We’re searching for monkeys on the islands scattered across this massive man-made lake.
As the boat nears the promisingly named Monkey Island, it pulls close to the bank where several tree branches overhang the water. There!
The ranger whispers that the little creatures with red patches of hair behind their ears are tamarin monkeys. They scamper through the lower branches, and two jump onto the bow of the boat, jostling for tidbits of food that the guide unfortunately offers. Still, we get a close-up view. The tamarins soon retreat, and the guide points out black-mantled howler monkeys, including a baby, up in the foliage.
This is Day Three of our week here.
5 Must-See Islands In Panama; Kathleen Peddicord; Huffington Post
Panama has more than 1,400 islands, and, just like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. The “perfect” Panamanian island for you depends on what you’re looking for. Here are a few recommendations.
Source: 5 Must-See Islands In Panama