Panama is a small but amazing country that has many attractions and advantages for travelers. It is a unique country that connects North and South America. It has coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, offering diverse and beautiful beaches. It shares borders with Colombia and Costa Rica.
It is easily accessible from every corner of the planet and has a convenient currency (the US dollar). It has the Panama Canal, a world-renowned engineering marvel. It is one of only three carbon-negative countries in the world, thanks to its efforts in land and ocean conservation. It has diverse and exotic natural scenery, including rainforests, mountains, dormant volcanoes, waterfalls, islands, beaches, and extraordinary wildlife. It has a rich cultural heritage and history, influenced by indigenous, Spanish, African, and American influences. Panama is a destination that offers something for everyone, whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, culture, or nature.
Literature about Panama:
You might want to look at the list below! It contains books and other resources that are highly recommended by our naturalist guides and experienced travelers, and that can help you prepare for your trip to Panama.
If you have any suggestions for other books or resources that we have not mentioned below, please feel free to email us your recommendations! We would love to hear from you.
The Path Between the Seas
Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal
Press Naturalists on the Isthmus of Panama
(A hundred years of Natural History on the biological bridge of the Americas)
A Guide to the Birds of Panama
The Birds of Panama
George R. Angehr & Robert Dean
A Neotropical Companion
(An introduction to the animals, plants, & ecosystems of the New World tropics)
The Tapir's Morning Bath
(Mysteries of the tropical rain forest and the scientists who are trying to solve them)
A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico
Fiona A. Reid
Central America: A Natural and Cultural History
Anthony G. Coates
The Illustrated Pirate Diaries
(A remarkable eyewitness account of Captain Morgan and the Buccaneers)
Alexander Exquemelin / Terry Breverton -Consulting Editor
Panama Travel Guides:
Lonely Planet Panama