By Patricia Katzman
Mom nature has bequeathed Panama with a few lovely spots, wealthy soils and an unlimited bio-diversity. White- and black-sand shorelines trade with mangrove mazes alongside the coast. glowing wild rivers overflowing with trout run via jungle-clad canyons jam-packed with colourful plant life. Mist-crowned Baru Volcano towers above all of them. This booklet explores each quarter from tip to toe, together with the San Blas Islands, offshore Barro Colorado, and concrete Panama urban, gateway for viewers. strolling excursions stopover at old forts, gold museums, vintage urban parks and bustling crafts markets. designated recognition is given to the country's nationwide parks.
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Adventure Guide: Panama (Hunter Travel Guides) by Patricia Katzman