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Panama

As the most lively, international, urban center in Central America, Panama City is the only capital city in the region that is a true pleasure to hang out in. Panama is a mélange of different cultures all mixed up together into one big bag.

One of the seven contemporary wonders of the world, you will have the great opportunity to be standing feet away from a massive supertanker as it passes through the Miraflores Locks. The Panama Canal is fascinating for its history and also for its beauty.

In Panama, out of a population of 4 million in total, around 400,000 can speak a native language. The main language, of course, is Spanish, like the rest of Latin America. The cities of Colon and the Bocas del Toro also have English and creole as important languages. Chinese and Arabic are also spoken by minorities.
Alongside the descendants of immigrants that make up the population, Panama still has a significant indigenous minority.

The Kuna from the San Blas Islands and Caribbean coast and the Ngabe from western Panama, close to Costa Rica, are the most distinctive. Almost 200,000 people speak the Ngabe language, most of whom live in Panama.

Coiba is the largest island in Central America, and the least known one as well, with an area of 503 km2 (194 sq mi), off the Pacific coast of the Panamanian province of Veraguas. The island’s underwater topography is linked by the underwater Coco Ridge mountain chain to the Galápagos Islands. Scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have proclaimed it an incomparable destination for discovering new species. Rachel Collin, a Smithsonian project coordinator said: “It’s hard to imagine, while snorkeling around a tropical island that’s so close to the United States, that half the animals you see are unknown to science.”

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  • I have traveled with David Reyes in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. He is an excellent guide and leader…very knowledgeable about Mayan history and culture. He is an excellent interpreter of and guide to the contemporary society of these countries as well. And then there are the birds! He can spot, identify and beautifully photograph these big and little beauties that are found throughout Central America. He is dynamic, energetic, humorous, multilingual, and a people person bringing out the best in all of his travelers. I eagerly look forward to my next Wonders for Wanders trip! Sharon B, New York

    Sharon Bonk
  • One more full day in Antigua, Guatemala. I highly recommend travel to this country. If you want to travel in Guatemala safely and comfortably...I recommend having David Reyes plan your tour. Does not matter how many people are in your group. David guides one person...to a group of 16-18 people. I thought that our group of 14 was ideal. David has a degree in Tourism. He is highly knowledgable. His English is perfect. I met David, several years ago, when he was our Tour Director for a tour to Guatemala and Belize. Since that time, David has led trips for my groups to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.

    Kathy Didier
  • This trip was 5 star! You cannot beat the organization and agenda skills of Kathy partnered with David’s “on the ground” knowledge, skill set and personal interest in every individual. We smoothly sailed into and out of Honduras and for those with special interests such as birding or hiking, David did not disappoint. It was all there!!!

    Mary Ellen Foti
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