I think Panama is one of the greatest yet undiscovered destinations to visit. I live here and have a lot of nice pictures I wouldn't mind sharing as long as credit is given or I can leave a small mark in each picture.
Could I create some kind of mini picture gallery?
It's about time this page sees some more activity :-)
There's a fascinating corner of Panama's history when a rebellion occurred while de Lesseps was trying to build the French canal. I've written a book about it. Here's the link: http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=306
The article mentions no sights to see in Panama - is there really nothing worth seeing for tourists? 22.214.171.124 23:54, 31 January 2008 (EST)
I just discovered this site, and live in Boquete, Panama. I am starting to add things to do and see as I have time; with links to web sites, for more information. There is a lot to do in Panama City, but actually the real adventures are out of town. If someone is coming to Panama I would recommend a couple of days in the city, then Boquete, Bocas del Toro, San Blas, etc... It is easy to travel to different locations and the mico-climates change drastically.
Things To Do....
As a former resident of Panama, and sad that I had to go, I want to add a few things to do, for people that want to have an idea... If your interest is beaches, water sports, and things like that... I recommend visiting Bocas del Toro, Contadora, the Pearl Islands (Survivor was filmed here), Isla Grande. It's in the Caribbean side of the country, beautiful beaches, nice accomodations, and great experience. If you are into resorts to go to and wake up go to the beach, swin in the pool, and lounge, then Playa Blanca, Decameron and the new resort being built Nikki Beach. For adventure... There are many rainforest, and excursions, the province of Darien, Bocas del Toro, Gamboa Rainforest. El Valle and Cerro Punta. Cultural experience. You can visit the indigeneous islands of the Kuna indians. San Blas. They have beautiful beaches, excursions, and you get to experience how the indigeneous people live. Portobelo (which is also the sitte of the religious celebration of the Black Christ in October). You can also visit an inactive volcano, in the province of Chiriqui, and the city of Boquete is also very popular. 2 good times to visit the country are Carnaval (Mardi Gras) and beginning of November during the National Holidays, there are a lot of parties all around the country. The province of Azuero is a well known spot during these holidays. Sights in the City. There are several casinos, shopping malls, and exciting night life. There is no beach near the city, even though you are looking at the sea. Cultural and historic sites like Panama Viejo (the ruins), Casco Viejo (Old Town), Amador Causeway (shops, places to eat, walk, cafes), the Panama Canal of course. Dinner at Las Tinajas and breakfast at El Trapiche are almost required for typical food, and if you're into desserts, visit Manolo's Churros, for some good, fresh, hot churros. Experience dim sum (chinese breakfast) at Palacio Lung Fung.
Some sections need change...
Hi guys, since i'm new at wikitravel i didn't want to edit the page right away. Also, my first language is spanish (i'm from Panama/Chile) so my edits will probably need some editing too. Anyway, i believe a few sections need editing:
Talk ... Spanish dialect: i'm not sure it is necessary to stress in this way the really minor differences between the spoken spanish in latin american countries. The differences are mostly in accent and a few slangs, if you learned spanish somewhere you will be understood in every country that speaks spanish, including panama. I just don't think it's relevant: if you travel to Boston making a stop in Dallas, you don't really need advise about the different dialects of english that you will encounter.
Eat: i may be nitpicking but ... culantro tastes nothing like cilantro! at all. And you can most definitely NOT sum up panamenian cuisine in that word. Actually, i would like to rewrite this section.
Drink: Again minor: it's misleading to describe Seco as a very raw rum (which it might be, i dont know). Seco smells different and you drink it differently, too (think vodka). Right now in Panama seco with cranberries juice is a big favorite.
Stay Safe: it's important to stress that, right now, Panama city is not a safe place (it was, but not anymore). There are more dangerous countries, for sure, but you shouldnt walk around as a tourist thinking that you are in a safe environment. Please, dont go to Colon (the city) unless you know what you are doing or you go with someone who does.
Get around ... by taxi: Sadly this is no longer correct. It might change again later this year when a few highways are finished, but right now it is almost impossible to move around the city by taxi: taxis don't stop, or won't take you where you want to go ("no voy pa'lla"). Taxis are still the best way to go anywhere but they can be a hassle, and relatively expensive (but still cheap if compared to major cities).