Unspoiled Nature in Panama’s Darién National Park

On the great planetary picture window that is Google Earth, at coordinates 7.75, -77.5, there is a large swath of undifferentiated green. Undifferentiated, as in, virginally unmarked. Pristine. If you use the controls to scroll around and zoom in, names of villages and other landmarks will pop up on the surrounding terrain. But on this […]

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Snorkeling And Dolphin Watching In Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Snorkeling over the coral reef is a surreal experience; gliding weightless over alien structures populated by hundreds of colorful creatures. Dozens of fish species dart in and out of the formations, seeking food or shelter from larger fish. The inundated forms on the sea floor include brain coral, fan coral, lettuce coral, feather stars, and […]

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Casco Viejo: Panama City’s Historic District

Panama City’s skyscrapers tower over the highways, shopping malls and subdivisions. Tucked into a corner of the harbor is the historic district called Casco Viejo (aka Casco Antiguo or San Felipe). Panama City was founded in 1519 by Pedro Arisa De Avila. For a hundred and fifty years, boatloads of gold from Peru were carried […]

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