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We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years. So search our blog to plan your vacation. From must do's, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss. You'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish while on vacation!


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YiA Yoga Teacher Training Certification in Boquete, Panama

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Kaytee employs active teaching techniques: While learning the Sanskrit names for poses in the Sun Salutation sequence, we also had to do the poses. I was Chaturanga Dandasana in this photo.

Lately, glossy magazines and lifestyle blogs have been promoting vacations that stretch the mind, body and soul. Instead of lounging poolside with an umbrella drink and trashy novel loaded up on the tablet, you can acquire a new language, culinary skill, philosophy or world view. Personal Growth Vacation is the buzzword for this, but really,…

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Boquete Hikes: The Lost Waterfall Trail

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Abandoned castle in Bajo Mono, Boquete, Panama

Not only are Boquete’s hiking trails spectacular and full of wildlife, majestic trees and wildflowers, the drive up to Bajo Mono and Alto Chiquero, Boquete’s prime hiking areas, is breathtaking. One of my favorite trails in this area is the The Lost Waterfalls. Each trail in Boquete has unique selling points – I recommend The…

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Birding in Boquete: There’s more to Boquete Birding than the Quetzal

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The Blue-Gray Tanager eating coffee in Boquete, Panama

The Resplendent Quetzal is the superstar of the bird world in Boquete: but what about the many other species spotted at bird feeders, in town or on the trails? Far from runners-up of the Boquete Bird Beauty Pageants, these birds can be spotted all over and have qualities that make them just as special as…

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Panama Produce: Panama’s Top 5 Weirdest, Healthiest, Most Delicious Fruit

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Many people think that Panama is unfriendly to vegetarians and vegans. Pork and chicken figure prominently on Panamanian Tipico menus (along with rice and beans, of course—the beans often simmering alongside chunks of fat from an unidentified animal source). And the truth is, the concept of vegetarianism and veganism isn’t fully embraced here, but with…

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Thinking About Moving to Boquete? Great Resources to Help You Settle In

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So you’ve visited Boquete Panama to study Spanish and want to return – for keeps. Or, maybe you’re researching Boquete and want to dip your toe in the shallow end, stay for a bit and see if this is your kind of place (if planning to relocate, rent for a while before buying!!!). There are…

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