Coiba National Park

Coiba

  • Largest island in Central America
  • The island separated from continental Panama about 12,000-18,000 years ago when sea levels rose
  • Was home to the Coiba Cacique Indians until about 1560 when they were conquered by the Spanish and forced into slavery
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Panama Canal

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  • Waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean
  • France began work on the canal in 1881, but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker mortality rate
  • The United States took over the project in 1904 and the canal opened in 1914
  • One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken

 

Casco Viejo

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  • Historic district of Panama City
  • Settled in 1673, it was built following the near-total destruction of the original Panamá city, which was attacked by pirates
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Green Acres Chocolate Farm

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  • 2 hour tour that takes you thru lush tropical rainforests, beautiful botanical gardens, and a vast Cacao Plantation
  • Often seen are monkeys, toucans, sloths, poison dart frogs, tropical butterflies and a variety of birds
  • See how cacao is grown, dried, roasted and turned in organic chocolate

 

Boquete Bees and Butterflies

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  • Honey tasting as you learn about bees and explore a butterfly house

 

Valley of Square Trees

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  • Sitting on the second largest inhabited dormant volcano in the world, the Valley of Square Trees is a dangerous choice for a settlement, however, people have lived in the area for centuries
  • Unique in the entire world is a group of cottonwood trees have grown with square trunks, with hard right angles, rarely seen in nature
  • Even the interior of the tree grows in a square shape and not the typical circle
  • Researchers at the University of Florida attempted to grow the trees to see if they would retain their square shapes but it was soon realized the trees are shaped by the local conditions, and can exist only in the Valley of Square Trees

 

Templo Baha’i

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  • First Baha’i Temple in Latin America with unusual architectural style that looks like a white egg on top of a hill
  • Inaugurated in 1972 to serve Panama residents of the Bahá’í Faith, a religion that encourages universal peace and unity

 

Ancon Hill

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  • Hill that overlooks Panama City and is the highest point in the city
  • It was under U.S. jurisdiction as part of the Panama Canal Zone until being returned to Panama in 1977
  • Largely undeveloped, the area is now a reserve and it is not uncommon to see wildlife in the jungle such as deer, tamarins, armadillos, and sloths

 

Cristo Negro (Portobelo)

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  • Wooden statue of Jesus Christ in a Roman Catholic parish church located in Portobelo,
  • Found on the shores of the town’s harbour by fishermen
  • Life size, it is adorned with a robe that is changed twice a year, once during the Festival of the Black Christ and during Holy Week
  • Black Christ is venerated throughout the year, most particularly on October 21, during the Festival of the Black Christ

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 17 days

Best Time To Fly: Dec-March

Airline tickets: $809

Seattle -> Panama City (round trip) = $714
David -> Panama City (one way) = $95

Food: $27/day x 17 days = $459

Rental car: $14/day x 16 days = $225

Gas: $48

Entertainment: $169

Airbnb: $90/day x 15 days = $1,353

TOTAL: $3,063