We set out to Soberania National Park, a patch of rain forest that constitutes the foundation of the Panama Canal’s functioning.
How Zeza and I ended up choosing Panama for our honeymoon, is still a mystery for both of us.
After weeks of going back and forth between several possibilities, we could not come to a decision as to where we would go. And less than a month before our wedding day, we hadn’t yet made up our minds. So when we felt like we could not drag the subject any longer, we decided we would draft it out.
We wrote down all the contenders on small pieces of paper and threw them in a hat. I shook it vigorously, and Zeza reached for a draft. Cuba.
We threw the papers back in the hat for a second attempt. And when Zeza pulls out Cuba again, we looked at each other, laughed for 2 minutes straight, and booked a flight to Panama.
Panama was, until then, just a filler contender. A cheaper, less crowded alternative to Costa Rica.
But I guess it was our wish of a non-standard, semi-adventurous honeymoon which led us to choose, in a flash of spontaneity, a country which had never been a true option thus far. Which wasn’t even on our bucket list. Of which neither of us was sufficiently informed about to have an objective desire to visit.
Perhaps it was this perspective of exploring a completely unfamiliar place that amplified that wish to such a point that we could not consider any other destination.
And as it turns out, it was the best possible place to go.
Turtle watching was a major goal of our trip to Panama. Luckily, we came across a giant Leatherback nesting on Bluff Beach. Here’s how it all went down.
Our snorkeling trip in Bocas del Toro, Panama, ended up costing us more than we expected, as a treasure of our own sank into the Caribbean waters.
The effects of unregulated mass tourism industry at Panama City’s Casco Antiguo. How can travelers help maintain authenticity on visited places?
First impressions of Panama
An overview of our first couple of hours in the country, and of the thoughts that went through our minds while we gaze at Panama City’s skyline at sunset.