Refresh And Recharge Before The New Year In This Remote Village In Panama

December 21, 2018  |  

Emberá Pru Village

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The natural beauty and dynamic cultural experiences of Panama are the perfect way to wind down from 2018’s antics and recharge for 2019. Panama City’s dry season runs through the heaviest months of winters in the United States, with temperatures reaching between 75-85 degrees just about every day, making this locale an ideal warm-weather escape. Top that with the tranquil remoteness of many of the villages surrounding Panama City and it’s obvious why the Central American city is the perfect self-care safe haven to set your new year off right. Here’s how to get the best out of a trip to the Republic of Panama.

Get Back to Nature

Take a respite from the city streets of cosmopolitan Panama City by walking the Amador Causeway. This pretty promenade connects the mainland with four nearby islands across the Bay of Panama. The park-like walking paths offer a unique vantage point for taking in panoramic views of the city.

Chagres National Park is only 30 miles north of Panama City. There, visitors embark on a river expedition via canoe to the Emberá Pru Village where they learn the indigenous history and experience the culture through storytelling, dance, crafts, and sharing meals and conversation with village elders. Lucky travelers will see a variety of wildlife like monkeys, deer, and birds.

For a more remote and private opportunity to reconnect with nature, Isla Palenque Resort in the Gulf of Chiriqui offers hundreds of acres of abundant jungle and pristine, secluded beaches, as well as hiking trails to explore. Luxurious suites with open-air vistas, coupled with wholesome and organic home-cooked meals, and yoga on the beach encourage rest and relaxation.

Experience Local Dining

Immerse yourself in Panamanian culture and cuisine by dining at some of the city’s best local restaurants where fresh ingredients and seasonal flavors are the standard. Salsipuedes Restaurant serves an impressive breakfast buffet along with a variety of lunch and dinner menu items. To sample a little bit of everything, savor the tasting menu in at Intimo Restaurante.

Stroll Panama City’s Old Quarter or Casco Viejo and you can choose from many smaller restaurants with outdoor seating. Gaze upon the glittering city below while sipping drinks at the rooftop Salvaje, a bar and restaurant also known for its Asian fusion cuisine and craft drinks. The Stranger’s Club is a highly popular choice where a good drink and satisfying meal are guaranteed.

Isla Palenque Resort

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Indulge in Comfort and Culture

The Bristol Panama Hotel in Panama City is located close to restaurants, bars, shopping, and local attractions. The decor emphasizes luxury created and curated by local and regional designers. In this setting, Old World sophistication meets 21st century amenities like walk-showers and spa services. In Casco Viejo – the city’s old quarter and a UNESCO World Heritage site – see what remains of the 17th century church of Santo Domingo. This and other ruins sit among local boutiques, cafes, museums, and parks popular with local residents.

Marvel at the engineering of the Panama Canal, a significant element of Panama’s past, present, and future. The Miraflores Locks Visitors Center welcomes tourists and provides historical, geological, and technological context, as well as exhibits that showcase the significance of the canal and its construction, and viewing platforms to see the locks in action.

With all that Panama City has to offer, from fine dining to luxury accommodations and well-crafted meals, it’s hard to believe that more travelers don’t take advantage of its proximity to the U.S.

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