see + do
Panama see + do
In Panama, it's easy to get off the well-worn trail; in fact, many of the country's best sights are still largely undiscovered. Almost all visitors start in Panama City, which is worth spending a couple days in for the historical sites, restaurants, and access to the Panama Canal. After that, it's an easy jump to the rainforests of Gamboa (by car or bus) or the more remote Darién (by plane). The mountainous coffee-growing region of Chiriquí, which has Panama's best whitewater rafting, is also just a short flight away. Beach lovers, if they're short on time, can head from Panama City to the Gulf islands—or take a more leisurely trip to the Caribbean coast for snorkeling and surfing in Bocas del Toro, or indigenous culture exploration in the San Blas islands.