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Take a hike up Baru Volcano in Panama

Magnificent views from the volcano trek

Barú National Park, founded in 1976, protects the magnificent biodiversity as well as the thick forest on the mountainsides of the volcano. It lies to the south of the continental divide between North America and South America, near Talamanca’s mountain range.

The volcano hike takes around 8-10 hours and starts early in the morning to take you to the top of the mighty Barú Volcano, which at 3,475 metres is the highest point in Panama. It’s a strenuous day of walking, therefore it’s recommended that you have a good level of fitness. It starts with a steady uphill walk for 13.5km (8.5m), which takes 4-5 hours. The hike down then takes 3-4 hours.

From the top, and on a clear day, you can experience magnificent views of both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific lorazepam generic name Ocean. The park is home to 250 species of birds which include hummingbirds, the yellow-thighed finch (Pselliophorus tibialis), black-cheeked warbler (Basileuterus melanogenys), crested eagle (Morphnus guianensis), bare-throated bellbird (Procnias nudicollis), sulphur-winged parakeet (Pyrrhura hoffmanni), and the mythological quetzal (Pharomachrus).

During the hike, you will be able to experience the lush flora, countless types of orchids – including some exotic ones, shiny bromeliads, giant oaks, and huge bamboos, as well as primary and secondary forests. In the first phase of the hike, you will see the vast valleys below and the small city of Boquete; before going deep into the thick forest, sometimes, you will be immersed in its characteristic mist, and when you arrive at the top, where you will enjoy the most magical views.

For more information on this tour, please contact Panama Journeys on marketing@panamajourneys.com

Disconnect to reconnect at Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort in Panama

Pool at Sansara Surf & Yoga Retreat
Sansara pool

Our partners Panama Journeys have been researching places to switch off and unplug from technology.

Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy time away from technology and focus on wellness and relaxation. The resort is located in Cambutal on the Pacific Coast of the Azuero Peninsula.

Surfing in Cambutal, Panama

This intimate resort specializes in world class yoga retreats, surf sessions and other outdoor experiences, while you will be spending some time in an untouched, tropical oasis that promises to leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and replenished.

Yoga class at Sansara Surf & Yoga retreat
Yoga at Sansara

The owners Janel and Mike are from Canada and share a mutual passion for the outdoors, surfing, yoga and Panama.

“We wanted to create a place that catered to all, and shared our passion and belief in a simpler, more organic lifestyle, where people can slow down, unplug, and escape their hectic lifestyles.

Sansara bedroom

We’re here to support guests by offering a safe, relaxing, and healthy environment to create a holiday experience unlike any other. With classes, local adventures, healthy cuisine, and beautiful accommodations, we hope our passion will rub off on our guests.

In this sanctuary you can disconnect, breathe, discover your needs and take the time to become the best version of yourself with the best yoga lessons, wellness advocates and meditation practices.”

The resort offers 12 private cabins with ocean view and is surrounded by exuberant flora that makes for a very relaxing stay.

Book a stay here combined with a tour to visit other beautiful locations in Panama through our partner Panama Journeys.

Contact marketing@panamajourneys.com for more information.

“Fortaleza” Special Walk in Panama City

Under the catch phrase “We used to rob tourists before, now we offer them tours”, a group of young former gangsters from the fearsome criminal group known as Ciudad de Dios (City of God) tell tourists their story during a walk around the streets of the historic center which were declared red-light districts years before. These young men participate in a program of Esperanza Social Venture Club, a non-profit private organization that is part of Fundación Calicanto, which has rehabilitated approximately forty criminals who belonged to the criminal groups named ‘Hot Boys’, La Terraza and Ciudad de Dios (The Terrance and City of God) and it has helped them re-join society.

The walk starts at Plaza Herrera, in front of the luxurious American Trade Hotel which worked previously as a base for the criminal group Ciudad de Dios and from where gangsters used to keep an eye on tourists in order to rob them. The hotels structure was known as Grayskull, the imaginary castle of the 80’s TV show He-Man. Next to the internal stairways, walls are decorated with graffiti images that used to cover the interior of the building at that time. During the walk, they will tell you episodes and anecdotes from those violent years while describing important buildings and going over forgotten footways that have not been restructured between Calle 9 (9th Street) and Calle 13 (13th Street). The walk ends in Calle 11 (11th Street), re-baptized under the name of Callejón Fortaleza (Fortaleza Alley), a little dead-end street where the criminal group used to escape from the police, it is nowadays a tourist reference with its local food places. Thus, you will have dinner there, seated on unsophisticated chairs and wooden tables; a menu of fried fish or chicken, slices of fried plantain, French fries and coconut rice served with the famous Fortaleza mojito, prepared by the former members of the criminal group Ciudad de Dios.

The smiles, commitment and kindness of these young men will make you doubt whether they had a dark past, still more, when they state: “This is the real life and not the other one”, a phrase showing their enormous will to change for the better.

DURATION: approximately 4 hours

TIME: 4:30 pm

GUIDE: Bilingual guide

For more information please contact marketing@panamajourneys.com today.

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