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Panama is a country for those who look beyond the norm and one that dares you to explore more. Devour more. Connect more. Feel more. A destination which will reignite your passion to travel, reconnect you with life and leave you brimming with inspiration. 

Expect lush tropical rainforests, an abundance of wildlife, a desert, mesmerising beaches on both coastlines - the Caribbean and the Pacific, and all within driving distance of a cosmopolitan city.

Want to learn more? Let’s dive in a bit deeper and look at our top 5 reasons why we think you should visit Panama.

1. National Parks

More than a third of Panama is formed by protected natural reserves, dedicated to the conservation of the country’s ecosystems. Within these protected areas there are 13 National and Marine Parks and 1 International Park. Some are in the heart of the Panama City - a sweet juxtaposition between the natural and man-made world.

Although there are many to choose from, we recommend a visit to the Volcan Baru National Park. At 3,474 metres high, the towering Baru Volcano is the 12th highest peak in Central America. There are 7 craters and several walking trails suitable for all abilities. If you are an experienced hiker, you can make the journey to the summit from where marvellous vistas unfold.

Volcan Baru National Park is in the province of Chiriqui, a region renowned for its production of geisha coffee. This is one of the most sought after and expensive coffees in the world - so make sure to pick some up when you visit!

Volcan Baru National Park Volcan Baru National Park

2. Gastronomy

Panama City has been recognised by UNESCO as a Creative City in Gastronomy. Foodie or not, the Panamanian cuisine is guaranteed to excite your tastebuds with local flavours mixed with influences from Africa and Spain. For some of the best restaurants in the city, head to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Casco Antiguo. Try Ceviche, a classic seafood dish made of raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with chilli peppers. For something heartier, ask for the Ropa Vieja - a delicious, spiced beef dish.

Ropa Vieja Ropa Vieja

3. Culture & History

Settled thousands of years ago by ancient civilisations, modern Panama boasts a rich cultural diversity where indigenous roots meet African heritage and Spanish influence.

A visit to Panama will expose you to colonial relics – including the oldest Spanish fort and the first European settlement in the Pacific. You can also visit El Caño Archaeological Park, the burial ground of an ancient civilisation and an ongoing excavation site.

Explore Panama’s Congo culture in Portobelo, learn about traditional folklore and customs in the central provinces of Los Santos and Herrera or, visit one of the country’s 7 thriving indigenous communities such as the Guna and the Embera.

Portobelo Portobelo

4. Beaches 

Panama connects Central America and South America, offering access to both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Why choose one ocean when you can experience two?

Along the Pacific coastline you’ll find both volcanic black sand and fine white beaches, protected coves and the perfect conditions for surfing.

For calmer tides and a gentle breeze, head to the Caribbean side of the country. Visit some of Panama’s most breath-taking islands such as the San Blas Islands and the Bocas Del Toro archipelago (most of which are uninhabited). Panama has over 1000 stunning islands and cays which can be explored.

Bocas Del Toro Bocas Del Toro

5. Adventure Activities

Diverse ecosystems, along with miles of beaches and a rugged mountain range means that the possibilities for outdoor activities are endless in Panama. Choose from kayaking, surfing, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, or hiking – the choice is yours. 

The country’s accessibility and opportunity to be up close and personal with nature, without the crowds, will take you by surprise. Spend time birdwatching in a destination famous for over nine hundred bird species; more than the United States and Canada combined. Or adventure to you might mean a walk through one of Panama’s many National Parks and Wildlife Reserves. 

If Panama is firmly at the top of your bucket list contact our destination expert, Joe, on 020 8758 4774 and book your dream escape. Alternatively, you can view a range of our properties in Panama here.

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