As opposed to other increasingly popular destinations like Costa Rica or Mexico, Panama is Central America's best-kept tropical secret. Panama has not fully appeared on the backpacker circuit yet and offers visitors a vibrant local culture, turquoise seas, abundant wildlife, and mystical highlands ripe for exploration.
Central America is such a small slither of land that many indie travelers forget to put it on their travel plan, which is a shame as it has some of the best sights in Latin America. In two parts, Jo Fitzsimons explains how to plan an extended trip in Central America with part 2 covering Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Naturally, a trip to Panamá wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Canal, but Vickie Lillo recommends eight other exhilarating "must-do's" in this nation of lush rainforests, incredible wildlife and sandy beaches.
We publish five (or more) articles per week, 52 weeks a year, on BootsnAll. That's a lot of great travel stories, tips, information, and inspiration to help you see the world on your terms. Here we highlight the year's very best content in a list of the top ten most read articles of 2011.
In an age when anyone can go anywhere on whatever budget, and ‘travel secrets’ and off-the-beaten-track destinations are a thing of the past, there are still water-surrounded corners of the world which you’ve probably never heard of or know very little about. Denise Pulis takes you for a spin around the world with 7 little-known islands.