Natural attractions draw tourists from all over the world to Panama, where they walk the trails with local guides and spy on red-napped tamarin monkeys or capybaras, the world’s largest rodent; soar through a rainforest via zipline, or spend the night in a treetop jungle lodge.
A half-hour flight from Panama City, yet occupying a world of its own, is the San Blas Islands, which are officially called Comarca Guna Yala. This is the autonomous territory of the Guna Indians, and visitors are invited to experience first-hand the islands’ indigenous lifestyle. Another short hop takes visitors to the Pearl Islands, one of the country’s most picture-perfect areas, an archipelago made up of more than 100 islands and islets, which many might recognize from shot-on-location seasons of CBS’s Survivor series.
Then there are the cool highlands of Panama, home to the country’s highest mountain, Volcan Baru that towers above Boquete, a perfect retreat for small executive meetings and team building, adrenalin-fueled and exhilarating adventures. Meanwhile, the mountain town of El Valle de Anton is a fun-filled easy day’s outing from Panama City and the Pacific beach resorts. Sport-fishing aficionados agree that there’s no better trip than to fly to David in the highlands, then head to the sea to do battle with marlin, sailfish and tuna.
Whatever the taste for adventure, Panama’s many natural wonders are sure to satisfy.