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Panama Initial trip planning ?'s

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Hi everyone,

So I am planning a trip to Panama this november and need some basic help determining what to do so I can plan how many days I need to take off from work. I am well travelled and have been to Costa Rica already, but my girlfriend has yet to be outside the U.S. We are in our early 40's and like a little bit of everything. I want to show her as much as possible, new things she has never seen. So here are my initial thoughts after reading a few posts and quickly searching some websites:

Canal locks
birdwatching - pipeline
animals - soberania park (I want her to see monkeys :) )
That's all I have as definite, I was thinking a day or two an Gamboa resort, monkey island tour etc. The city itself probably just casco viejo area and .......?

Now here is the tricky part - what else?? She loves to snorkel, fish, kayak, white water rafting, coffee. Where should/could we do that? What about indian villages - kuna yala, yandup?? El Valle area?? Volcano worth seeing? It's extinct right? canopy tours and zipline would be fun too. Like I said I have been to Costa Rica so I have seen birds/monkeys/ziplines etc so I would love to throw in something new for me.

So if we arrive at 10:30 am do I spend the rest of the day seeing panama city town and spend the night in the city, then get up go to canal/locks and then off to soberania park for 2 (??) nights doing the wildlife thing and then where to?

I could add as few as 2 days and as many as 5 to that. We like to be busy, but not frantic - she could sit on the beach for a week, I would kill someone after 6 hours - lol. I am sure we could stay busy for 3 months there, but would like nice mix of wildlife, history, water activity and that "x" factor if you know what I mean.

thanks for listening and any help is much appreciated.

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