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.

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‘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.

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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

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11 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Panama City, Panama; Lana Law; PlanetWare

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Watching Devastating Environmental Documentaries in Panama’s Tropical Paradise – Thrive Global; Andrea Vaucher; Thrive Global

The Panama International Film Festival’s selection of green docs reminds me how hard it is to find pristine and unpolluted corners of the planet.

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15 the most beautiful places to visit in Panama; Becky Moore; Global Grasshopper

Gateway from Central to South America, Panama sits on a narrow isthmus sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is one of few places to sense harmony between scientific progress and wildlife. Here the huge metropolis of Panama City merges seamlessly into verdant tropical forests. With an unfussy, laid back vibe and some truly wonderful spots to visit; including trendy surf resorts, sleepy mountain enclaves, paradise-esque archipelagos and dramatic diving spots, Panama seems to delight both tourists and backpackers.

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Panama Canal and City Walking Tour with a Local; Get Your Guide

Visit the famous Panama Canal and Miraflores lock to gain a true understanding of how this fascinating man-made marvel works. Enjoy panoramic views of Panama City and wander through Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this great walking tour.

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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!

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Panama cruise port guide; Kaye Holland; Telegraph

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9 of the Coolest Neighbourhoods In The World; Piccavey

The latest list of Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World is out. Barcelona and Madrid in Spain both appear on this listing. Chicago, Athens and other vibrant…

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Panama City Day Tour; Get Your Guide

Spend the day in Panama City, exploring the best of the city: from Panama Canal to the open-air museum in Punta Culebra, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Viejo.

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Top things to do in Panama; Noel; Travel Photo Discovery

Top things to do in Panama – explore the exotic areas, a hip modern capital, historic sites, amazing cuisine and street foods and popular areas of Panama | Travel Photo Discovery

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In Panama City’s booming colonial core, locals fight to stay; Juan Zamorano; AP

PANAMA CITY (AP) – Esther Marina Sanchez has watched her neighborhood – the heart of Panama City – transformed by its designation as a UNESCO world heritage site. Tourists and well-heeled Panamanians now stroll the paving-stone streets among gaudy hotels, fancy restaurants and trendy discos that have popped up in once-dilapidated colonial-era buildings. Gone are the gangs, the decay and abandoned structures – as well as Sanchez’s home, and those of most of her neighbors. Sanchez recalled how her landowner offered the family money 2½ years ago, but said they didn’t really have a choice: “Take it or leave it, but you’re leaving.

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The Unintended Consequences of UNESCO World Heritage Listing; Chloe Maurel; Brewminate

var infolinks_pid = 3064406; var infolinks_wsid = 0; UNESCO-listed heritage site Machu Picchu attracts around 1,000 tourists a day. Rodrigo Argenton/Wikipedia, Creative Commons Is UNESCO’s pr…

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Finding Panama City’s groove with Hard Rock; Pamela Jacobs; Travel Weekly

Panama – Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá

“Music is in our DNA,” Vince Koehle, marketing director of Hard Rock Hotels in the Americas, told me over dinner. It was my first evening at the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis, and already this was evident.

I’d spent the afternoon toying with the Fender Telecaster guitar that was mine for the duration of my stay, and the early part of the evening on a music memorabilia tour led by the property’s “Vibe Manager.” After dinner, I watched that same manager sing alongside guests during live-band karaoke.

Those with a music obsession will feel right at home at the 66-story tower, in the heart of Panama City.

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How a Deadly Prison Island Became a Natural Paradise; Sarah Gibbens; National Geographic

Panama – Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection

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.

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8 endangered UNESCO sites to see now; Jen Rose Smith; CNN

Panama – Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

(CNN) – Florida manatees swim and sleep in the sunshine and golden-brown panthers prowl the shady forests at Everglades National Park.

A swampy wilderness of gnarled cypress stands and waving sawgrass just beyond Miami’s suburbs, this 1.5 million-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site can seem timeless.
But rising sea levels have spiked the fresh groundwater beneath the Everglades with salt, and plants and wildlife must quickly adapt to new conditions to survive.
That’s why the Everglades are among the eight World Heritage Sites in the Americas included in UNESCO’s list of “World Heritage in Danger,” an exclusive club of 55 destinations, dominated by war-torn countries and terrorist hotspots.
Stretching from the Florida backwoods to an ancient Peruvian city and ghostly Chilean mines, these eight sites are some of the Americas’ most extraordinary places.

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Panama’s sights span centuries as its canal joins oceans; Lini S Kadaba; Inquirer

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Panama – Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

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.

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