Boquete is the most famous area in Panama. It is a charming little town with brisk weather, hidden among the mountains of Chiriquí and located at the feet of Barú Volcano. You will find friendly people, flower gardens, coffee plantations and fruit plantations on the mountainsides. Boquete is a starting point for hikes, outings and trekking paths in primary and secondary forests. Here you find tree branches decorated with moss and shiny bromeliads that grow in the snow. Amateur bird watchers arrive in the search of resplendent quetzals - the sacred bird for the Mayan civilization, due to their splendid iridescent emerald-green plumage.
Panama City is a vibrant, dynamic and cosmopolitan city which seems to swing to the Latin American music. It is the most modern city in Central America which hasn’t lost its Latin soul. Here you find strong colors, delicious smells of the fruit and flower markets and the rhythm of salsa that pervades the city. It has been always a trade crossway and a center where cultures and communities from all over the world meet.
Coclé, Veraguas and Azuero’s Peninsula
The central region of Panama encompasses the provinces of Coclé, Veraguas and Azuero’s Peninsula. There are also the provinces of Herrera, Los Santos and the southeast of Veraguas. This region is rich in folklore; it has small museums, churches and colonial dwellings and there are skillful artisans as well. It offers magnificent mountain landscapes, forests filled with lush vegetation and plenty of fauna. It has an amazing pacific coast with protected marine parks, barrier reefs and distant dream beaches.
Bocas del Toro Islands
Bocas del Toro Islands are located in the western end of the country, a few kilometers away from Costa Rica. You can get there in approximately 40 minutes by taking a flight from Panama City, then from Almirante, terra firma, by sailing in one of the ships that will take you there in 30 minutes. The archipelago is formed by six main islands: Colón, Bastimentos, Solarte, San Cristóbal, Popa and Cayo Agua. There are also several coral atolls and islets offering dream beaches surrounded by palm trees, a spectacular barrier reef, emerald-green waters, mangroves, tropical forests inhabited by an incredible fauna and a lush flora. Each island has its own personality and natural beauty.
Darién is famous because of its exuberant and inaccessible forest which divides the Pan-American Highway that occupies 25,800 kilometers and stretches from Alaska in North America to Buenos Aires in Argentina, and connects the capital with the rest of the continent. In Yaviza, known as Tapón del Darién [Darien’s Plug] and located 276 kilometers away from Panama City, the highway winds its way through forests, rivers and forgotten small towns. Travelling around the region of Darién does not only mean visiting one of the best places in the world to contemplate nature, but it is also an opportunity to learn about the cultural wealth of native communities and communities of African origin.
Gatún Lake, Sovereignty National Park and Chagres River
Gatún Lake, Sovereignty National Park and Chagres River: Half-way down, between Panama City and Colón, before arriving at Gatún Lake, there is a small town named Gamboa. An excellent starting point to explore rainforests, take a wonderful trip around the lake and discover the cultural wealth of the native communities of Emberá.