Travel Inspiration

Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.
Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Republic of Panama

  • General Facts 

    • Population: 4,04, 599 people
    • Capital: Panama City; 880,691 people
    • Area: 29,157 square miles
    • Language: Spanish
    • Religion: Roman Catholic
    • Currency: Balboa, US dollar widely used
    • Life Expectancy: 77 years old
    • GDP per Capita: U$D $12,530 per year
    • Literacy Rate: 96 percent

    Other Fun Facts:

    • Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
    • The Panama Canal generates fully one-third of Panama's entire economy.
    • Panama was the first Latin American country to adopt the U.S. currency as its own.
    • Panama City is the only capital city in the world that has a rain forest within its city limits.
    • There are two basic seasons in Panama: the dry season from December to April and the rainy season from May to November.
    • At 11,397 feet, the highest elevation in Panama is Volcán Barú, which is located near Boquete.
    • There are almost 500 rivers in Panama. Three hundred of them empty into the Pacific Ocean and the rest empty into the Caribbean Ocean.

    Our Suggestions

    • Boquette Panama is a great place to get away from the Panamanian heat.  Has a large expat community here as well.  Check out Topas Hostel. Axel the owner has a huge foreign motorcycle collection!
    • Coiba Panama is a great place to scuba dive.  Want to dive with Humpback wales, whale sharks, and manta rays?  This is the place.  Also more eels than you shake a stick at!
    • The Panama Canal is a must.  Go to the Mira Flores lock where there is a 3d movie, museum and amazing observation deck.  We spent hours there!
    • El Trapiche Restaurant in El Cangrejo is hands down the best showcase for Panamanian food.  Awesome!
    • We don't recommend staying in Casco Viejo, but it's a great place to visit.  Architectural marvel, amazing murals/graffiti, and cobblestone streets make it a charming getaway.
    • San Blas Islands are great for snorkeling, scuba diving or just hanging out in the Caribbean.  

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