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Local Food in Panama: A Global Rainbow

  • Mathilde Grand
  • 12 March 2013

It is said that you can experience a culture through its food. This is no less true in Panama, where the local food, history and culture blend together. In fact, food in Panama is also directly connected to the history of the Canal. Any traveler that really wants to “go local” should start with a traditional Panamanian menu.

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel: Worth It? Try Panama’s Palenque Island

  • Rachel Kowalczyk
  • 3 December 2012

On my last visit to Panama, I learned firsthand that the benefits of travel off the beaten path are not exclusive to the rich and famous. During my time to Panama, a country that for now remains relatively “undiscovered,” I was particularly enamoured of my stay on a remote island where the natural environment has been preserved through the conscientious efforts of an eco-development company.

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Agritourism in Panama: Pick the Newest Crop

  • Yariseth Acevedo
  • 16 September 2012

While farming has deep roots in the green rural regions of Panama, agritourism is just starting to bud. TUCAYA Panama is excited to nurture the seeds of several sustainable agritourism projects and watch them grow. TUCAYA’s small tours visit a hand-picked selection of worthwhile farm hosts throughout the country.

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Seven Farm-Fresh Farmstay Getaways

  • WHL Group
  • 9 September 2012

The best fruits and vegetables are those locally grown and fresh off the farm. Aside from produce, however, farmers worldwide have something else to offer frazzled urban travellers: a valuable farmstay escape into traditional rural life. Within the WHL Group network, we found seven great farm getaways through which you can get your hands dirty and immerse yourself in the real farming lifestyle of remote rural places.

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Photo of the Week: San Blas Star Fish, San Blas Islands, Panama

  • Wallace Faria (Photo)
  • 15 July 2012

Home of this starfish, the San Blas Islands stretch away from the coast of Panama like a spray of sand flicked from a foot. None but the largest warrant an appearance on the Google map of the area, but switching to a satellite view reveals the tell-tale white specks and turquoise circles of an archipelago made up of almost 400 distinct bodies.

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Five MORE Ecolodges to Plan Your Trip Around

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 May 2012

While there are many interpretations of the ‘ecolodge’ concept, most of the structures share some special traits. They’re low-impact buildings that use materials repurposed or found locally, and adhere to sustainable-water and -power practices. They’re immersed in beautiful natural areas, which they’re committed to helping preserve. They amaze guests with their comfort and elegance, even in the midst of rugged nature.

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How to Be a Slow Traveller: Choose the Right Accommodation

  • whl.travel
  • 14 March 2012

In the best-selling book and motion picture ‘Eat Pray Love,’ Elizabeth Gilbert spends an entire year on the road. She visits three different countries for four months each. How did she do it? Apart from having a book deal already in place to fund her journey, she also travelled smart and travelled slow, especially in her choice of lodging. From Italy to India and Indonesia, she chose longer-term apartment and lodge rental.

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How Long is Long Enough? A Slow Travel Cheat Sheet

  • whl.travel
  • 22 February 2012

We’ve asked our global network of local tourism professionals about the ‘length of stay’ factor in their destinations. Answers varied, but they all agree on one thing: the average tourist isn’t a slow traveller and just doesn’t stay long enough to really appreciate a place. Here are their thoughts on how long is long enough and what the average fast traveller is missing.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of the Year 2011

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 2 January 2012

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. And with it the grace of another 44 incredible Photos of the Week. We are nevertheless once again proud to present our Photos of the Year – the travel pictures of the year 2011 that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of expert external judges. Unlike our Photo of the Year 2010, this year, we had a tie for first place.

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Photo of the Week: Beautiful Waters of the Bocas Islands, Panama

  • ATP (Photo) Melissa Pop (Text)
  • 2 October 2011

The picture was taken at Coral Cay (or Crawl Cay as it is locally known), about 20 minutes away by boat ride from Isla Colón/Bocas Island. The Cay is appropriately named after the abundant coral reefs that surround it. It is one the best places to snorkel and a great place to have lunch if you wish to do so in a spectacular environment.

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