Archive for November, 2009

November 30, 2009

A great end to the turkey day weekend.. Pats vs. Saints!
Bring on Dec. and that cold football (thinking about vacations in Panama) weather

November 28, 2009

I just got r/t tix, Panama to Miami for $240, all in!

November 27, 2009

Sunny day on the island for Thanksgiven and turkey with all the trim’ens at the Marriott’s buffet!

November 24, 2009

Manana, Isla Contadora for the night and enjoying Turkey Day on the beach! Back in time for the bird

November 21, 2009

Top 5 reasons to visit Panama

1) It is easy to get to. Panama is a crossroads between the Americas and almost every major airline fly’s here. It is only 2.5 hours from Miami and 4 from Houston and with more and more flights to Panama, they are getting less and less expensive!! Most people don’t need a visa and U.S. residents can pay $5 at the airport for theirs. Bus here from Costa Rica, fly or take a boat from Colombia. Spain, France, the U.S. and many other countries have influenced the history of this country so you will find a lot of people speak more than 1 language. The currency is the U.S. Dollar (officially know as the Balboa, but its just a dollar)

2) The history. A small country with a big story to tell, Panama was once under water, separating the Americas. A land bridge now, in more ways than one. Yes, it connects North and South America but it was also the bridge used by the Spanish to transport gold from Peru to Spain. See the ruins of the 1st city (Panama Viejo) and walk the streets of Casco Viejo built in the 1600’s. Learn about famous pirates like Henry Morgan and see the forts they attacked. For a century 1/3 of the worlds gold passed through Panama and you can walk through the jungle on the original trail! You may also have heard of the Panama Canal. Visit through the famous Miraflores Locks and museum or experience them on a day cruise.

3) The climate. In Panama, we get summer year round! Sure, it rains more in some month than others, but locals call the ‘rainy’ season the ‘green’ season. It rains more, but usually only for an hour/day and this IS the tropics: its hot and it is green! Can’t take the heat, head up into the hills. The climate certainly cools off when you reach El Valle, Boquete and the highest ‘town’, Cerro Punta. Enjoy temps in the low 80’s during the day and high 60’s at night.

4) The culture. 7 Indian tribes still remain in Panama. Visit the Wounaan within an hours drive from modern Panama City. Go up river for a night with the Embera. Throughout the country you will see Guaymis influence. Deep in the jungle/national park shared with Costa Rica you will find the Bribri and friendly Teribe (Naso). The ultimate experience is still Kuna Yala. With almost 400 coconut clad islands, white sand beaches, crystal clear Caribbean water for snorkeling, small cabins for a more intimate setting (vs. big hotels), this is the place to visit.. for culture of course.

5) The adventure. Panama is a playground for adventure. Snorkel/dive in some of the most amazing places on earth, Caribbean and Pacific! Catch a wave on one of the many famous or unknown beaches. Sail, kayak or enjoy any watersport off the 2000 miles of coast or around some of the 2000 islands. Hike jungle trails that take you back in time, along a volcanic crater or to the top of a mountain over 11,000ft to catch the sun rise and a view of both oceans! Raft and /or kayak the class 1-class 4 rivers. Try one of the 3 zip line/canopy tours. But for the truly adventurous.. experience the nightlife out on Panama City’s ‘Calle Uruguay!!

If you need any help planning your Panama Adventure, contact us at http://www.barefootpanama.com
We are the Panama Experts.

November 17, 2009

Pre new years trip..actually pre x mass! Dec 19 – 24th
Come early and stay late if you can.. but we will bookend the tour with nights in Panama City and the rest of the time will be pretty beachy. San Blas islands and Isla Iguana

November 16, 2009

Ran a great city tour today for a cool couple.. saw the sloth!

November 13, 2009

The weekend is upon us and for the 1st time in a long time.. I have 2 days off!

November 12, 2009

After a night on Isla Taboga, we went for a bike ride to Fort San Lorenzo and checked out Portobelo (2/3rds of the world’s gold passed through this ‘town’)

November 8, 2009

Linking blogs about Panama!