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Panama City Views

John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” A hike up Ancon Hill is an activity that I recommend to people of all ages, both residents and visitors of Panama. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top of the hill, where the bird’s-eye views of Panama City are truly unmatched. Also, If you’re lucky enough you’ll be able spot a sloth or two, as wildlife is abundant in this tropical jungle. At the top of hill, the highest point of Panama City, there is a symbolic Panamanian flag that was hoisted in 1977 when Panama signed the Panama Canal Treaty with the United States; to handle over all operations of the Canal to the Panamanian government at the end of the 20th century. The hill is popular among joggers and hikers. I was there about a week ago with my family on a Sunday. I hadn’t been to Ancon Hill since I was 12 or 13 years old on a school fieldtrip. Our assignment was to take pictures of as …

Bay City

I had been dreaming of visiting San Francisco for years; everything from its rich history to its parks, landmarks and especially the nearby wine country had made me enthusiastic about a possible trip. Panama played an important role in the California Gold Rush, the Panama Railroad being one of the preferred routes for those traveling into California, as opposed to the hazardous journey across the continental United States. (Now we have the Panama Canal). In 2015 I watched The Age of Adaline, a beautiful movie starring Blake Lively, and the images of Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the spectacular scenery of Marin County portrayed in the film induced an even more overwhelming desire in me to visit this city in Northern California. It’s hard to explain but deep inside I knew I would love it there, and coincidentally, my mom called me in late 2015 wanting to plan a family trip over New Years. When she suggested San Francisco, I said that’s the one. There are a few direct flights from Panama City to SFO; …

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 …