Thanksgiving in Panama

Years ago while in the southern part of Costa Rica, I could peer into Panama. Well, at least the tops of some distant hills, but it was enough to get me thinking about a trip there. Fast forward to a year ago, a friend and I were sitting in my living room on New Years Day and I was looking around online at various trip ideas using airline miles and I stumbled upon not one but two discount business class tickets using points, direct from Denver to Panama City. Without a whole lot of additional thought, I bought both and we set out to plan a week there.

We knew we wanted to see a little of everything Panama has to offer, though also had limited time to do so. We settled on one location in the highlands (#1-Boquete), one location on the water (#2-Bocas del Toro), and Panama City (#3).

With that, here are 10 of my favorite photos from Panama.

The view of the canyon and volcano in Boquete.


Coffee beans drying at a plantation outside of Boquete.


The base of the waterfall in the canyon at Hacienda Los Molinos.


The Pelican cabin at Finca Vela Lodge.


The islands of Bocas del Toro.


Paddleboarding before breakfast.


On the water.


The dock at Finca Vela Lodge on Isla Pastores.


Old town, Panama City. Lots of old buildings in various states of disrepair, but much redevelopment and renovation can be seen, too.


Panama City skyline as viewed from old town.


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