All posts tagged: lake

Into the Jungle

Gamboa is a small town only 45 minutes away from Panama City, overlooking the Panama Canal and surrounded by hundreds of acres of the magnificent Soberania National Rainforest. This land was once a jurisdiction of the U.S. Army (back when the Canal was still controlled by the U.S.), and today is one of the most unique and enchanting destinations for nature lovers in the region. The Gamboa Rainforest Resort offers luxury and adventure for its guests. Some of the tours available include a two hour aerial tram that takes you up through tree tops providing the most breathtaking views and of course, always with friendly monkeys, sloths, and birds popping in to say hi. Kayaking or fishing on the Panama Canal is another popular activity.  The hotel’s pool is stunning, and the spa is an absolute treat. My last visit to Gamboa was a last minute improvisation – we showed up without booking anything in advance and were told all tours and activities were sold out for the day. We were given a map of the rainforest and …

Camping Experience: Magic at La Yeguada, Panama

  December is my favorite month, not only because of the food, holidays, and celebrations, but because I get to catch up with old friends who I’ve missed throughout the year. And it was over a happy hour one scorching afternoon here in the city of Panama that an old friend of mine invited me to a camping trip at La Yeguada, a forest reserve located in the Veraguas province of Panama. As an innate adventurer and lover of nature, I have always wanted to go. My only worry was, of course, that I’d never camped before. The name La Yeguada, however, already seemed to promise a memorable experience, one I would never forgive myself for missing had I said no. Her family – including parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends they invite – have been going to La Yeguada every January for 15 years now; it is a big group, of all ages, and everyone is an expert at camping. The forest reserve protects the lake at La Yeguada, which provides hydraulic power …