Archive for Category ‘Focus on’


April 24th, 2016

Tourism pamphlets boast that Veraguas is the only province with coasts on both oceans. This attribute doesn’t help the tourist because the Caribbean side across the mountains of the Continental Divide is still an undeveloped wilderness un-reachable by road. But the Pacific side has attractions in good measure.

The provincial capital, Santiago, has simple but good hotels and restaurants.… Read the rest


April 18th, 2016
Playas del Pacífico

Cross the Canal from Panama City, over the Bridge of the Americas, or the Centennial Bridge onto the Pan American Highway and you are beachward bound.

Panama’s Pacific coastline from Colombia in the east to Costa Rica in the west covers about 767 miles bordering six provinces.

That’s a lot of beach.… Read the rest

Las Perlas Islands

February 22nd, 2016
Islas de las Perlas

Some of the most renowned pearls in the world came from the oysters on the seabed around the hundred or so islands which make up the Pearl Island archipelago in the Gulf of Panama.

The islands are mostly uninhabited except for some fishing communities and only a few of the islands have tourist development.

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Events 2015

March 8th, 2015

Some of the main events of the year

Country Fairs

Most of Panama’s country fairs take place in the dry season (Dec. to March) Like country fairs everywhere they include livestock and agricultural exhibits, rides for children, typical food and typical dancing, but each one has its own flavor. The following is  a list of these country fairs with their approxi­mate dates.… Read the rest


March 8th, 2015


A tourist can remain in Panama for 90 days. This is normally not extendable but exceptions can be made for such valid reasons as visiting family members or for medical reasons. In these cases visitors must apply for a Short Term Visa (Check the related article about the Type of Visas).

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Panama Canal

July 15th, 2014
Nuevas esclusas del Canal

Awesome then… amazing now

The Panama Canal, after a century in operation, is still one of the engineering wonders of the world – the “Mars probe” of the Wright Brothers’ days.

Even by today’s standards it is awesome to see a container ship gliding through massive locks and past a rain forest.… Read the rest

Notebook 2014

February 19th, 2014

Luxury Camping 

at Altos del María

Camping is not what it used to be. No more the rugged pleasures of struggling with tent pegs, guy ropes, mud and bugs. At Altos del Maria in the mountains, an hour and a half west of Panama City, a novel style of holiday has been established called Luxury Camping.… Read the rest


February 15th, 2014
Focus on Darién

Darién Province is the wildest part of Panama, southeast of Panama City and bordering Colombia. The Darién contains huge swaths of untouched jungle and indigenous peoples living much as they have for centuries. Nearly all of Panama’s 927 bird species (as many as the USA and Canada combined) can be found in the Darién making it a birder’s paradise.

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San Blas

February 15th, 2014
San Blas-cur_opt

Guna (formerly Kuna) Indian women look almost too good to be true. In fact, some visitors to the tribal territory of San Blas are moved to suspect that, once the tourists have gone, the Indian women will change out of their finery and catch a plane back to town.

Wrong. The San Blas woman, whether she be on her island or in the city, wears as everyday dress her appliqued Mola blouse, gold rings, long skirt, red and yellow headdress and beads or gold ornaments at neck, arm and ankle.

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Colon and the Costa Arriba

February 15th, 2014
Focus Colon and the Costa Arriba


Colon is all the tropic ports of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. Rightly so. Every street corner and bar here knows ten thousand tales as exuberant or as melancholy or as cockeyed or as ironic as any those two travellers spun.

Colon is a strange town which has relished bonanzas and endured depressions throughout its history.

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