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Eastern Panama Travel Guide

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Plan Your Eastern Panama Vacation

The eastern provinces of Guna Yala and the Darién are Panama at its most pristine, with spectacular scenery, wildlife, and indigenous cultures that have barely changed since the first Spanish explorers arrived here more than five centuries ago.

Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Indigenous Cultures Eastern Panama's indigenous Guna, Emberá, and Wounaan villages are amazingly traditional, colorful places that provide visitors with unforgettable cross-cultural experiences.
  2. San Blas Islands The islands of Guna Yala have ivory beaches shaded by coconut palms and washed by turquoise waters—scenery fit for the covers of travel magazines or the daydreams of snowbound accountants.
  3. Ocean Treasures Guna Yala's crystalline sea holds countless coral reefs awash with living rainbows of fish and invertebrates, whereas the white-sand shallows of its islands are idyllic spots for a tranquil swim.
  4. Spectacular Wildlife The eastern provinces' lush rain forests, mangrove estuaries, and cloud forests together hold more than about 500 bird species, and everything from crocodiles to capuchin monkeys.
  5. Fabulous Fishing More than 250 sport-fishing records have been set in the sea south of the Darién, which is accessible from one of the world's best fishing lodges.

When To Go

When to Go

It rains almost every afternoon from May to December in the Darién, though the rain lets up a bit in July and August. Most people consequently vi...

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