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With its abundance of wildlife, beaches, and jungles, Panama is the hottest destination in Central America. From the sun-drenched Bocas del Toro archipelago and the secluded white-sand islands of Kuna Yala to the wonders of Panama City and the Panama Canal, this is one country that’s got it all. Fodor’s Panama 1st Edition gives travelers an insider’s perspective on this captivating destination, with advice on the best trips from the capital, the most pristine beaches, and the finest resorts and island getaways.

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Overview

With its abundance of wildlife, beaches, and jungles, Panama is the hottest destination in Central America. From the sun-drenched Bocas del Toro archipelago and the secluded white-sand islands of Kuna Yala to the wonders of Panama City and the Panama Canal, this is one country that’s got it all. Fodor’s Panama 1st Edition gives travelers an insider’s perspective on this captivating destination, with advice on the best trips from the capital, the most pristine beaches, and the finest resorts and island getaways.

·Close-up boxes on crafts, wildlife, music, history, and indigenous Panama
·The best outdoor activities, from jungle hikes to surfing, for every region
·Outdoor & Learning Vacations chapter
·Great planning advice for every type of traveler, from backpackers to resort enthusiasts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400019267
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Fodor's Gold Guides Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Planning Your Trip
About This Book ............ 6
When to Go ............ 7
What’s Where ............ 8
Quintessential Panama ............ 12
If You Like ............ 14
Great Itineraries ............ 18
On the Calendar ............ 20

Chapter 1: Panama City ............ 21
Orientation & Planning ............ 24
Exploring Panama City ............ 30
Where to Eat ............ 56
Where to Stay ............ 69
Nightlife & the Arts ............ 83
Shopping ............ 91
Sports & the Outdoors ............ 93
Panama City Essentials ............ 98

Chapter 2: The Canal & Central Panama ............ 103
Orientation & Planning ............ 104
The Panama Canal & Environs ............ 109
The Central Caribbean Coast ............ 124
The Eastern Sierras ............ 137
The Central Pacific Islands ............ 143
The Central Pacific Coast ............ 155
The Cordillera Central ............ 164
The Canal & Central Panama Essentials ............ 175

Chapter 3: The Azuero Peninsula & Veraguas ............ 179
Orientation & Planning ............ 180
Inland ............ 183
The Azuero Peninsula ............ 186
Veraguas ............ 201
Azuero & Veraguas Essentials ............ 208

Chapter 4: ChiriquÍ Province ............ 213
Orientation & Planning ............ 214
The Lowlands and Gulf ............ 218
The Mountains ............ 228
Chiriquí Province Essentials ............ 250

Chapter 5: Bocas del Toro Archipelago ............ 253
Orientation & Planning ............ 255
The Western Archipelago ............ 258
Isla Bastimentos ............ 274
Bocas del Toro Archipelago Essentials ............ 282

Chapter 6: Eastern Panama ............ 286
Orientation & Planning ............ 287
Kuna Yala (San Blas) ............ 292
The Darién ............ 302
Eastern Panama Essentials ............ 308

Chapter 7: Outdoor & Learning Vacations ............ 311
Planning Your Adventure ............ 312
Adventure & Learning Vacations ............ 314

Understanding Panama ............ 325
Panama at a Glance ............ 326
Books & Movies ............ 327
Chronology ............ 328
Menu Guide ............ 330

Panama Essentials ............ 332
Getting Started ............ 333
Booking Your Trip ............ 338
Transportation ............ 348
On The Ground ............ 353

Index ............ 364

About Our Writer ............ 384

Close Ups
The Panamanians ............ 30
Indigenous Panama ............ 34
Morgan’s Fury ............ 56
Panama, Musica ............ 86
Building the Panama Canal ............ 112
Interoceanic Jungle ............ 116
Traditional Towns ............ 190
Azuero’s Tropical Dry Forest ............ 197
Folklore Fanatics ............ 210
The Quetzal and the Cloud Forest ............ 232
Tour Operators ............ 316

Maps
Panama ............ 10—11
National Parks & Activities ............ 16—17
Panama City ............ 28—29
Casco Viejo ............ 32
Santa Ana, Cerro Ancón & Balboa ............ 42
Calzada Amador ............ 46
Albrook, Parque Natural Metropolitano & Miraflores ............ 48
Downtown Panama City ............ 52
ATLAPA & Panama Viejo ............ 54
Casco Viejo & Calzada Amador Dining & Nightlife ............ 58
Downtown Panama City Dining & Nightlife ............ 63
Where to Stay in Panama City ............ 70
Central Panama ............ 106
Panama Canal & Environs ............ 110
Central Caribbean Coast & the Eastern Sierras ............ 125
Central Pacific Coast & Islands & the Cordillera Central ............ 146
The Azuero Peninsula & Veraguas ............ 181
Inland & Azuero ............ 184
Veraguas ............ 202
Chiriqui ............ 215
The Lowlands & Gulf ............ 218
David ............ 220
The Mountains ............ 228
Boquete ............ 230
Bocas del Toro ............ 255
The Western Archipelago ............ 259
Bocas del Toro Town ............ 261
Isla Bastimentos ............ 276
Eastern Pamana ............ 288
Kuna Yala ............ 293
Darién ............ 303

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