Created by Alejandra Larade.

Would you like to enjoy some vacation where you’ll be captivated by mountains or rainforest?

Well come on and check out Panama! This 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, so great things are happening all over. The most popular time to visit is December to March, as rain stop or is not that abundant. Here is some highlights of these beautiful country ready for you to explore.

Treasures of Soberania National Park

Adventure into the jungle and get lost with the nature, observing capuchin and howler monkeys and admiring a huge diversity of exotic birds: at this prime location you can find up to 300 species of birds. Get mesmerized by their chants and colorful plumage. Here you can find some hike trails where you can enjoy the nature at its best.

Enjoy some history at Casco Viejo

Transport yourself into historic Panama, wandering into Casco Antiguo, which is considered a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. Here you can find a blend of different centuries, as many buildings from 1670’s till date have been renovated, some of them according to the original design, others with a new mix, and few others haven’t been touched, reflecting the different levels of society. It’s very interesting to walk the brick streets and tour the museums, churches, monasteries, plazas, and catch a meal at a newly renovated building, really a very eclectic mix.

Panama City View Old Casco Viejo Antiguo

Centennial Anniversary of Panama Canal

Only 2014 is the year to celebrate the 100 anniversary of the called 8th Wonder of the New World, the Panama Canal, which cover Panama from north to south, and joins both Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. You can tour it by car on your own, contact a tour, or take a railway tour and cross it from one ocean to another; or you can enjoy the view from one of the sightseeing places around Panama: Balboa Yacht Club, Calzada Amador, and the visitor center at Miraflores Locks. It is a great piece of engineering that you can admire, and which is still working every day welcoming thousands of ships throw its waters.

Panama Canal

Boquete – Fantastic Bird watching site

This exotic town is nestled in the western valleys of Panama, and is home of fantastic wildlife and rain forests, where Rio Caldera flows on the eastside of the valley. Here you can enjoy some white water rafting, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain back riding, zip-lining or hiking. Great destination for bird watching, with sometimes more than 400 avian species, like a dozen hummingbird species, collared redstar, several species of parrots like the Hoffmann’s conure, or the beautiful quetzal, to name a few. You can chose from different locations to admire and catch the view of some birds, such as Finca Lerida,. Bajo Mono Road, or Finca El Oasis.

Volcano Baru – Summit view to admire both Oceans

At more than 3,400 meters above sea level, this site is the highest peak of Panama, located in the province of Chiriqui. If you’re perseverant to reach the top, and lucky enough to enjoy a clear view, you can admire the majestic sight of the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans from the peak of the volcano Barun.

 

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