There may come a time in your life when your wanderlust goes unsatisfied, when a travel experience falls flat, or when you find that your chosen destination is disappointingly one-dimensional.
This will never happen in Panama. After watching this week’s episode of The Adventures of the Island Interns, you’ll understand why.
The sheer number of things to do in Panama is mind-numbing. Thrilling sport fishing and whale watching, jungle hiking and canopy zip lining, prime scuba and snorkeling, birdwatching, island-hopping, rock climbing – you’ll find the opportunities for adventure virtually inexhaustible.
While still a lesser-known destination, Panama has received a lot of attention in recent years as an emerging hotspot for today’s geotourists and adventure travelers. This year, top publications seem to be turning up the heat on “hotspot.” The New York Times named Panama the top place to visit in 2012; Forbes, USA Today, and numerous other publications are featuring Panama in their recommendations for where to travel this year. Nearly all of them highlight the fact that Panama boasts an abundance of natural and cultural attractions – but one point that goes uncommunicated is the potency of the experiences you’ll enjoy in Panama.
For instance, a coffee tour in Panama is not just about sipping one of the world’s finest roasts in the shade of organic coffee trees – it’s also a fascinating history lesson, an opportunity to connect with local people, as well as a chance to explore the rare cloud forest ecosystems nearby and glimpse bright tropical birds in the wild. Panamanian adventures pack a real punch – simultaneously satisfying your deep desires for something eye-opening, something truly memorable, something unspoiled; a chance to connect, to learn, to grow as a person.
It’s a little tougher to express this multifaceted intensity, which is why a lot of the press focuses on the abundance and accessibility of wild adventures in Panama. And truthfully, that’s what this episode of the Island Interns video series accomplishes – it introduces you to many of the excursions available to Panama travelers. But our larger purpose in inviting travelers to our pristine jungle-covered island, as well as explore spectacular destinations off the beaten path in Panama: to foster life-changing experiences.
The final installment of the Island Interns’ documentary series will feature Luke Hansen and Ben Brown’s reflections on travel. Throughout their time in Panama, the 2011 Island Interns saw and experienced more than some people do in a lifetime – but as our new travel video series illustrates, this is possible for anyone who ventures to Panama’s breathtaking bi-oceanic shores.