La Joya de Chicá – Bed and Breakfast near Campana National Park

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La Joya de Chicá is a new bed and breakfast at the edge of the mountainous Parque Nacional de Campana in the small community of Chicá, just a short drive off the Inter-americana highway, between Panama City and Playa Coronado. The beautiful hotel is owned by a friendly Canadian expat who invested in an abandoned over grown fruit farm. … [Read more...]

Panama Viejo, Historic “Old Panama”

Panama Viejo

Panama Viejo ("old Panama") was founded in August of 1519 making it the oldest Spanish settlement on the Pacific Coast.  In 1671 the town was destroyed when Captain Henry Morgan invaded.  It was never rebuilt.  Panama Viejo was declared a historic site in 1976 and has since been under governmental protection.  In 2003 the site was added … [Read more...]

Hiking in Boca Chica, Panama

Hiking in Boca Brava, Panama

I've said it before, I've always been a girl whose heart belongs near the ocean.  But the more time I spend in Panama the more I come to love the beauty and peacefulness that comes with hiking and being surrounded by trees and nature.  This is big step for me. Boca Chica has the best of both worlds.  You have to hike, to get to the … [Read more...]

Altos de Campana Parque Nacional, Panama

Altos de Campana Parque Nacional

The Altos de Campana National Park is about an hour outside of Panama City, on Chame Bay on the Pacific coast. Established in 1966 it was the first national park in Panama.  Once you pass through Chorrera and Capira take the turn that goes to Chica and you'll be on your way to the park.   I stopped at the Altos de Campana National Park … [Read more...]

Coffee Store La Cabaña Panama

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Just before arriving to the police check point near the Fortuna Damn crossing the continental divide from the province of Chiriqui into Bocas del Toro, on the right, at the edge of the Reserva Forestal de Fortuna one will find La Cabaña Coffee Store. La Cabaña is a cute little red building with a waterfall and pool running along side … [Read more...]

Isla de Cañas, Panama

Canas Island, Panama

Since being in Panama I've survived a plane crash, climbed mountains, forged rivers, and survived a stampede of bulls. And now I can add "run in with the police" to that list. It was planed to be a peaceful day on the Island of Cañas walking the beach with my mother...little did we know how it would end... Getting to Cañas is easy … [Read more...]

Parque Internacional la Amistad Los Nubes Panama

La Amistad International Park Panama

The Parque Internacional la Amistad or La Amistad International Park is a international cross-frontier UNESCO World Heritage Site covering 401,000 Hectares, making it the largest nature reserve in Central America. It covers parts of Panama and Costa Rica in the Talamanca Mountain Range. I took a half day hike on some of the trails leaving … [Read more...]

River Deep Mountain High-Mountains and Hiking in Santa Fe, Panama

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Do, I love you my oh myyyyyyyyy! River deep mountain highhhhh!  Yeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh! In my mind it sounds just like Tina Turner when I sing it!  Like I mentioned in my Rivers of Santa Fe post,  I couldn't help but belt out the Ike and Tina classic while traipsing up and down the mountainsides in Santa Fe, Panama.  Now that I think about, … [Read more...]

Nancito Panama Chiriqui Archeological Site

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When driving through Chiriqui on your way to David, Playa la Barqueta, Boquete or Volcan a great place to stop for a moment is the small town of Nancito.  Nancito is located just after the check point at the border of the provinces of Chiriqui and Veraguas coming from Santiago.  There is a small sign and a bus stop marking the turn off up … [Read more...]

Parque Nacional Altos de Campana

Parque Nacional Altos de Campana

Recently while returning to Pedasi from Panama City after a trip home to the United States I stopped off at the Parque Nacional Altos de Campana to snap a few photos of the view over the Rio Chame river valley.  I purchased a new camera, a Canon EOS 60D, while back in Florida and have been practicing with it.  Since I had never been to … [Read more...]