Panama Travel Guides for Backpackers

An afternoon in Taboga Island

Taboga is a small island in Panamá Bay just 30 min by ferry from Panamá City. Is the perfect place to spend some hours or even a day or two. If you can choose, go during the week as it is so close to the city on weekends the island gets very busy and full of locals and it is difficult to find a spot at the beach. How to get there The most common way to get to Taboga is by ferry. The company the opérate in this route is Taboga Express, the ferry leaves from  Isla Flamenco at […]
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Playa Venao, Pedasí, Panamá

Panamá is known for Panama City being the most developed city in Central America or for the Caribbean islands visited by many tourists, but the beaches at the Pacific side of Panamá are worth a visit as much as the ones in the Caribbean side. Playa Venao is one of those beaches, at the Azuero Peninsula with an incredible landscape is the perfect place for those who love to surf and being in contact with nature. How to get there Playa Venao is located at 34km southwest from Pedasí and 370km from Panama City, if you go by car it […]
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Las Perlas, Isla Contadora – Panama

The Pearl Islands (or in Spanish: Las Perlas) is an archipelago in the Pacific coast of Panama, around 48Km into the Gulf of Panama. Compose of more than 100 islands, but most of them are tiny and uninhabited, the most famous are: Isla Contadora, Saboga, Bayoneta, Pacheca, Mogo Mogo, Gibraleón, Casayeta, Casaya, La Mina, Galera, Viveros, Cañas and San Telmo. The archipelago is considered one of the best places for sport fishing in the world, this is due to the quantity and diversity of marine species. And it is also a famous point for whale watching in Panama. Due to […]
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Top 4 Tours in Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro is an archipelago in the Caribbean side of Panama, almost in the border of Costa Rica. The main Island where most of the hotel, restaurants, and markets are doesn’t have a beach, but all the tours leave from the main island, Bocas Town. Besides visiting neighboring islands, here are the top 4 tours you can and should do in Bocas del Toro: Cayo Zapatilla Without a doubt the most beautiful island in Bocas del Toro. With many shades of blue and white sand beaches, this island is a Caribbean jewelry. Cayo Zapatilla is composed of two islands, […]
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San Blas Islands – How to get there and practical tips

If you are looking for a beautiful natural destination, with untouched nature, a unique local culture, and the Caribbean Sea as a bonus, this is the place for you. San Blas is an archipelago composed of over 360 small tropical islands in the Caribbean, and are the territory of Kuna Yala, in Panama. Besides having one island for every day of the years, don’t get too excited, each island in San Blas is the territory of a Kuna family and not all the Guna people accept tourist in their islands. How to get there The easiest way is for you […]
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Best Rooftops in Panama City

Panama City is a vibrant and exciting metropolis and can be difficult to choose between the variety of bar, parties, and restaurants especially if you don´t have time to go to all of them. Here I´m going to help you with the best rooftops in the capital of Panama, which I believe are the best way to drink, eat and party: with a view! And don´t worry, the warm climate all year long makes Panama City a perfect city for rooftops and the countless skyscrapers assure that you will get a great view either of the ocean or the city´s […]
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Bocas Del Toro, Panama… A little Slice of Paradise

Although I had only four days to spend in this country, my experience in Bocas del Toro set Panama high on my list of favorite places I have visited! During my study abroad program in Costa Rica, a group of 35 of my fellow international students and I took a bus and crossed the border to Panama for a long weekend! Since we needed an extension for our visas, we had a great excuse to take a trip into this little slice of paradise! In just a few days there, I was able to experience so many amazing things and […]
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Is a stopover in Panama City worth it?

If you ask someone from North or South America if they have been to Panama City, the most common answer is “Just the airport”. That’s because Panama has become the main hub between those two continents, and most flights that connect them stop in Panama City. The truth is Panama City is a fast-growing city with a lot of nice places to visit and it should keep you entertained for at least a few days. I’ve been living in Panama City for six months now, and in this post, I’ll try to summarize and present to you only the must-see […]
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Bocas del Toro, Panamá. A great place to travel with friends

Travelling with friends is one of my favourite things to do in the world, especially when you’re not only going to a beautiful place but also a place where you can meet people, have fun and above everything, go to the most amazing parties ever. I think that a great place that has all this is Bocas del Toro, Isla Colón in Panamá. I went there last year (From the end of December to the beginning of January) with a group of friends and I totally recommend it. How did I get to Bocas del Toro Well, as every blog […]
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Best Things To Do in Panama City

Why Panama City? Panama has it all; the people – you are going to find tourists and residents from all over the world-, the food – the mixture of cultures creates a huge variety of gastronomic options -, the beaches, the old and the new, progress and culture; all in one place. Welcome to summer land. Panama is in the middle of the American continent; and because of this strategic location, they are considered to be the “hub of the Americas”. You can find direct flights from almost every big city in the continent and some major European airports, which is […]
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Panama: A Visit to Anton Valley

El Valle de Anton, also known as Anton Valley, is an active community and central gateway to many of the environmental features that Panama has to offer. Even more intriguing, is the fact that it is located in the crater of a volcano that erupted thousands of years ago. After seeing it repeatedly listed among the top attractions in Panama, I added it to the list of places to visit one day during my long stay in Panama. That day came soon enough, and the experience was both more and less than I expected. Getting to Anton Valley Anton Valley can be reached easily […]
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San Blas: The Caribbean Paradise in Panama

Paradise is the word that describes San Blas. An indigenous territory on the Caribbean coast of Panama, with its own laws and even own border control. Kunas, the local indigenous, are the bosses here, not the Panamanian government. The Kuna People More than 300 islands constitute the archipelago, but only 36 of them are inhabited. In each island, the only people who live there are the members of the local family. For the days you will stay there, you will share the island with them, and they will fish your food and prepare it for you. They will also take […]
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Top 5 things to do in Panama City

Panama City When thinking about traveling to Central America, I cannot stress enough how much you should consider visiting Panama. It’s truly a beautiful country. Due to it being a part of the US in the early 20th century, they still use the American Dollar as currency, besides their own, Balboa, which is worth 1:1 when compared to the USD. This makes getting around really easy since you won’t have to look around for places to exchange your local currency for an obscure one. Sometimes you might get change in form of USD and Balboas, but don’t let this confuse […]
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Panama: a journey through paradisiac beaches and historical heritage monuments.

Hello everybody,  This is the story of the 17 days trip of a surfer’s couple through Panama. Most of the time we spent at Santa Catalina, a small beach-side town on the Pacific coast of Veraguas, we also knew Panama City, the capital of the country, famous for its dense skyline of mostly high-rise buildings as well as for its historical heritage.      A tropical, beautiful and cheap destination in Central America There was a special purpose for our trip to Panama, it would be our first international trip travelling together. We begun our travel virtually while planning each […]
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Panama: Discovering Bocas del Toro islands

  The incredibble views of Bocas del Toro Even when our time in Panama was short, we had enough time to discover some of the secrets around this paradisiac and beautiful place. Panama is a small country, so you can move from one place to another pretty easy and always in company of the great tropical views and landscapes. Panama is located in central America, and just like the other countries in this area, it has the best weather and the beauty of the Caribbean beaches, the markets are always colorful, they have all kinds of […]
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Panama: The little paradise

A country a full of surprises for all the tastes. Panama is a wonderful country full of contrasts they have an awesome gastronomy, and ideal landscapes, Panama have bout oceans and the city you can see part of them and feel the wonderful weather. About Panama Panama is a medium size country in Central America they surface is the 28.640 mi² and they population is the 3.864 million in all territory, the city is Panama City, they people are very kind and friendly, the official language is the Spanish but the citizen speak very well English and always have smiling […]
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Panama City: Something old, something new

Cinco minutos! – says our local driver to us for the third times answering the ultimate question about when we leave, and he sit back again to his chair. In this moment we hopelessly realize that in this part of the world time goes by in a different way than we knew it before. Time was not on our side This and other kind of time issues accompanied our whole Panamanian journey. When we took the first sight at Panama City the linearity of time was really questioned: the colonial past and the modern future like good neighbors stand together […]
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