One of the most distinguishing aspects of travel in Panama: the variety in landscapes and wealth of biodiversity.
My previous slideshow gave a good overview of the journey through Panama I shared with my friend Fred last January. This one takes you deeper into the places we explored to witness their natural beauty as well as meet a few of the wild species we encountered.
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We began our tour of the country with a few days on the Azuero Peninsula, surfing and hiking around the jungle. Most notably, our nature walks in the hills of Playa Venao were amazing, filled with a variety of wild creatures from monkeys to tropical birds and reptiles. It seemed no matter which direction you looked, if you stayed there quietly for long enough, you’d see some extraordinary display of exotic wildlife.
After a few days of spectacular surfing and wildlife-spotting at Playa Venao, we were eager to see what the Caribbean side had in store, and so we set out across the western provinces, passing through Veraguas and Chiriqui before turning northward to reach Bocas del Toro.
As we explored different regions, passing small communities and indigenous villages along the way, we got a unique vibe from each part of the country. Panama may be small, but the influences that have shaped it are global, and there’s abundant diversity even among Panama’s own native tribes. However, one thing is definitely universal — the vibrant, living beauty of nature is everywhere. I hope my photos inspire Panamanians, expats, and travelers alike to try and preserve that.
About the author
Michael Wesley Titgemeyer’s journeys have taken him to twenty-one countries on five continents (so far), but the majority of his images are native to California, as is this photojournalist and passionate travel photographer. To see more of Michael’s work, visit his website bluewesley.smugmug.com and follow Blue Wesley Picture Studio on Facebook.
All images © Michael Wesley Titgemeyer 2012.