Baru Volcano is the highest mountain in the republic.
This mountain is the only spot in the world where (early in the day) you can see both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans at the same time. The hike is steep but easy to follow climbing through the rain forest. Panama is home to at least 940 different species of birds, and holds various world records for many years in bird counts and observations. This area is noted for the famous, but elusive quetzal a large beautifully plumed bird with a distinct call. The hike is approx. 14km each way.
Few people climb to the top...see the web cam in the web adress below.
The Darién National Park and the Comarca Emberá-Drua (a semi-autonomous indigenous area) are two areas that have been set aside in Panamá to prevent further environmental destruction and to protect the remaining homelands of the Three Indian tribes that live in the park, the Embera, Waunana and Kunas.
UNESCO has Categorized the Darién National Park in 1981 as Worldwide Patrimony and in 1983 as a World Heritage Biosphere.
Panama’s largest national park, is an almost impenetrable wilderness between Panama and Columbia, the deepest areas are crawling with columbian smugglers and guerillas. Nevertheless, Darién’s rivers, jungles, and indigenous communities can be explored safely on tours from Panama City.
The Cana Field Station located in the Darién National Park is one of the 10 top birding locations in the world. Extractive industries are held at bay while sustainable rainforest products such as tagua provide an incentive to safeguard these biologically and culturally important areas for future generations.
for more see my travelogues about "Tagua"
This park bordering Panama City is one of the most accessible rainforest areas in The World; why? This 655-acre wilderness park lies totally within the limits of Panama City
It is just 10 minutes from Downtown; and has nature trails and more than 250 species of birds and 40 types of mammals. This park is also the site of a tropical research center and a towering crane used to study the forest canopy. The visitors’ center is open 8 am to 4 pm daily. Admission is $0.50.
Why don’t spend wonderful days in one of the relaxing islands in the world? Your dream island is called Taborcillo. A mirage of palms and white, sandy, beaches.
An enchanting island with an incredible plant and animal life, luxuriant vegetation and exotic fruit.
And there is another special feature to this island: it was the proberty of the famous actor Johne Wayne. Although is just a thirty minutes flight from Panama City, it has remained almost untouched by man. It is situated roughly 40 km (by sea) from Panama City (or 3 km off the coast).
That's the name the Kuna Indians give to their territory in Panama. In English, it's San Blas Archipelago. In Spanish, you'll see Comarca de San Blas (implying an autonomous territory, I think -- which it is) and Archipelago de San Blas.
Here's Steve, the cool Aussie in our sailing party. He was on his own and so was I, the others came in two's. So Steve and I were assigned to the same cabin. As I was the oldest member of the crew, and Steve the youngest, at first I was a little sad for him. But right from the start, I showed what stuff I was made of and everyone became a friend. Steve never missed an occasion to hone his gentleman's skills and to include me in every possible activity aboard, like I was his partner! Thanks Steve, for understanding that age is not a dividing border for the young at heart!
This misty coffee-producing town in Chiriquí Province, about 300 miles (473 km) west of Panama City, is known for its flower gardens and gorgeous mountain scenery. Boquete is the most popular starting point for treks to the summit of Volcán Barú, Panama’s highest peak, and the 5-mile-long (8 km) Quetzal Trail (Sendero Los Quetzales).
On an island called Isla Naos, connected to Panama City by a causeway. Operated by the Smithsonian Institute, this center has a museum with marine exhibits, two aquariums, and a nature trail through a small forest harboring sloths and iguanas. Open Tuesday to Friday 1 pm to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is US$2.00, 0.50 kids
The cloud forest in Amisted National Park provides lush habitat for birds.
A 20 minute four-wheel-drive ride will take you up to the cabanas in the park.
Early on the morning after we arrived, a guide came to lead us to where a Quetzel was nesting.
Paradise Gardens is a wildlife sanctuary set up Paul and Jenny Saban from England. It is a lovely place to spend half a day in. You can see a variety of Panamanian wildlife in a beautiful setting. There are ocelots, margays, kinkajous, macaws, several monkeys, toucans and a large number of species of smaller birds. Each of them has been rescued from a sorry situation, for example, being used as street performers or kept as maltreated pets. Several of the macaws belonged to a drug baron who's now in prison. I think they were brave to take them!
If you are lucky, Paul and Jenny will let you get really close to some of the animals and even hold a few.
Mi Jardin Su Jardin is a beautiful garden surrounding a private estate. The gardens are open to the public. If you love flowers this is a don't miss place to visit. You can also go inside some of the buildings to look around. Don't miss the glass top dining room table with the pool beneath the floor. There is also a small gift shop.
Playa Las Lajas is a long palm lined beach near David. You will probably find that you have it all to yourself during the week, like we did. If you go on the week-end it will probably be very crowded. The waves are perfect for surfing. You might even see some shore birds.
You'll have to grab a cab out to the drop off point (a short ride) and hike for about an hour in the sweltering heat to get to these hot springs. Just ask a local or cabbie and they'll tell you how to get there. Once you've hiked in, you'll have to pay the property owner $1.00 USD to use the facilities (if you can even call them facilities). Chances are, you'll be far too hot to want to step into these steamy bad boys. I opted to hang out in the refreshing river that swings by the property. The choice is yours.
The property owner also rents out a couple of rooms (very basic) for 3 or 4 dollars a night and can sell you a much deserved soft drink as well. Very secluded, quiet and relaxed.
This place is WAY off of any path, never mind the 'beaten' path!
If you are out driving on the interamericana it is an interesting drive to Chiriqui Grande.
The scenery along the way is rich in vegetation, mountains, and an maybe a water fall.
The small port city of Chiriqui Grande is not very attractive but it is worth a visit. Plus there is a gas station there.
This was such a neat tour because of some of the out of the way places we got to visit while here. We got to meet local people and saw how they lived. This morning we had been hiking up in the mountains. The jeeps that took us up there, brought us down and we walked down the road to the coffee plantation which was on slopes of the mountains. The grounds around the house were full of beautiful flowers and shrubs and flowering trees. We watched Green Violetears feeding in the Red Bottlebrush. We went to the pavilion (see photo) where we were served a nice sandwich and coffee(what else) or hot chocolate to drink but it was hard to eat with all of the beautiful birds to watch. After that we were shown some parts of the plantation and saw how the coffee beans were grown, picked and stored.
Santa Clara beach is a beautiful sandy beach on the pacific coast. The locals go there at weekends but even so, the beach is always soooo empty that is unbelivable. The sand slops gently into the ocean but the under current can be quite strong so you need to be careful.
You can either camp on the beach in the sense that you can rent a thatch hut with hamock and use the site wash room facilities. The cost to hire the hut is about $6 and the hamock is $2 and using their facility is included in the price. There are a couple of restaurants on the beach.
If you don't like to rough it, you can hire simple basic cabanas from around $45 a night. or if you like a bit of better living, you can hire a very high standard one bed room cabana with BBQ facility out side your front door and views to the beach at around $85 a night from Las Sierana Hotel.
All in all, we enjoyed our experience at the hotel. It is well located, hence you are close to...more
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