Reasons to Visit
Panama has an extremely rich array of birdlife and is one of the best countries in the world for birding. There are over 970 species and over two thirds of these can be found in the rainforests that surround the Panama Canal, including the rare harpy eagle. The Chiriquí Highlands, El Valle and the Darien Jungle are also prolific regions to view some of the many wonderful birds.
The indigenous communities of Panama add a fascinating dimension for visitors and interacting with them in a sustainable and responsible manner is a wonderful experience. The most accessible and welcoming indigenous inhabitants can be found in the San Blas archipelago, along with the Embera communities in the Darien Jungle and the Ngobe-Bugle communities in the Chiriquí Highlands.
Panama has numerous tropical islands to explore in both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Each has its own special attraction from the blue-yellow macaws and deserted beaches of The Pearl Islands to the colourful reef-life and dolphins of Bocas del Toro to the indigenous Kuna communities of The San Blas archipelago.
One of the highlights of travelling in Panama is that you will find it relatively untouched. Outside of Panama City you will often find yourself on a deserted stretch of rainforest or pristine beach with just your small lodge as the only place for miles. Be prepared for spectacular journeys on bumpy roads, light aircraft and speedboats and you will have an experience of a lifetime!
Watching a huge ship nudge its way through the Panama Canal is an unforgettable experience in Panama. 48 miles long, the canal connects the pacific ocean and the Atlantic, and is a real feat of engineering.
With both Caribbean and Pacific coasts available, there is some beautiful snorkelling to be had in Panama in relatively untouched spots. The San Blas islands in particular have incredibly colourful reefs, and the Kuna guides are experts at picking the best places to take you.
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Comprised of stilted, rustic cabins built using traditional methods, Punta Caracol extends out into the warm, clear water of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Here you can sit on your private terrace to watch the sunset or step into the ocean for a cooling dip.
Punta Caracol is beautifully located in the Caribbean Sea along a mile long coral reefed coast. The cabins are constructed using the traditional methods of the Archipelago: each handsomely crafted cabin is built upon stilts that support a wooden frame over the water.
The roofs are covered by a palm leaves. You can enjoy one of nine exclusive cabins set over the crystal clear waters of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. From your private terrace you will be able to observe impressive sunsets interrupted only by playful dolphins. The terrace steps lead you straight in to the ocean enabling you to swim from your own doorstep.
Energy is provided by solar panels and at night the restaurant's impressive terrace creates a stunning setting for a candlelight dinner. Caribbean, local and international dishes are all part of the menu.
The islands of Bocas del Toro dot the Caribbean Sea, close to the border with Costa Rica.
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