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Everyone in Boquete knows that Pipeline Trail is the best place to spot resplendent quetzals–those glorious, almost mythical trogons with bright-red breasts and long feather-boa tails. We couldn’t see them, but their loud, clear voices told me that they were nearby. I imagined the fantastical creatures perched high in the trees around us, delighting in their innate ability to hide.

After a decade of stop-and-go development, the Frank Gehry-designed BioMuseo opened in early February. The debut marked a defining moment for the capital in the centennial of another game changer: the Panama Canal. Actually, the museum’s protracted birth fits the subject matter of its galleries, which tell a story that began some 20 million years ago.…

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Yeah, ok, so I cheated a little. After staring out across Panama’s Caribbean coast and finding my way to South America blocked by rough seas and banditos, I hopped a quick flight on Aero República from Panama’s Tocumen airport to the colorful city of Cartagena, Colombia. My flight time (from take-off to touch down) was…

Andrew Evans is traveling by bus from Washington D.C. to Antarctica. In today’s dispatch he explains how he conquered the Darién Gap. I am always open to travel advice but I try very hard not to let other people’s opinions prejudice my own view of a place. Let any city speak for itself and embrace…

Upon passing through Panama, Andrew Evans pauses to contemplate the fate of the country’s amphibian population. As I traveled through the engineering wonder that is the Panama Canal, I saw thousands upon thousands of corrugated steel shipping containers all stacked like colored Legos–sometimes five or six stories high. The passing cargo ships (filled to the…

Bus2Antarctica: El Capitan

Andrew Evans visits the bridge of the National Geographic Sea Lion, and catches up with the ship’s captain, David Sinclair. Every bus has a bus driver just like every ship has its captain–whether you’re carrying 60 passengers across the country or across the sea, someone has to be in charge and steer the thing in…

Andrew Evans has reached Panama, and it about to cross into South America. Here, he explores the former penal colony of Isla Coiba. Whenever people talk about the phrase “comfort zone,” I think about sharks. Most travelers use the term to compare cultures–how in some countries, everyone’s up in your face while in others, they…

After hightailing it through Central America, Andrew Evans is now traveling on the National Geographic Sea Lion to Panama (he’ll explain why he had to ditch the bus below). Be sure to watch on the Panama Canal Cam tonight at around 6 p.m. ET to see the ship pass through the Miraflores Locks. And click…

This morning, the local Fox affiliate in D.C. checked in with Andrew again to talk about this travels, and we got another chance to see how well his beard is growing in. (I’m beginning to think that the newscaster Tony Perkins may drop his gig and join Andrew on the trip.) You can follow Andrew…

Tour Guide: Green Design Trips

Like to travel? Like to volunteer? Like green design? We may have found the trip for you. Design-savvy voluntourists are the target of the new trip being offered by Elevate Destinations, a company we profiled earlier this year. They’ve partnered with the nonprofit Earth Train to create a slightly more preemptive voluntour experience in Panama…

Virtual Costa Rica Tonight!

Our adventurous friends down the hall at National Geographic Expeditions have a last-minute invitation to join them on a free webinar tonight exploring Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Wildlife ecologist Taylor Edwards and veteran expedition leader Gustavo Abarco will host the session, taking you into the rain forests of Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National…

For the past year, Rainer Jenss and his family have been traveling around the world and blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. This post marks the last dispatch from their journey, and the end to an incredible year. You can see where they’ve traveled by going back through the archive of their…

Rainer Jenss and his family are wrapping up the final stops of their around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Most travelers have probably heard the expression, “It’s not…

Friend of IT Tobias Nowlan sinks into the murky depths that surround Panama’s Isla Coiba. The sunlight is obscured as hundreds of smooth-tailed manta rays float overhead. The swarm twists as the plankton feeders flex their sides like wings, then cruise away into the blue. I’m scuba diving in waters around Isla Coiba, off Panama’s…

Beautiful Boquete

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While Costa Rica has emerged in recent years as an eco-tourism destination, tucked in the Chiriqui Highlands near the Baru volcano is another eco-hot-spot waiting to erupt. The town of Boquete, Panama, is quaint—mom-and-pop shops line the streets, offering a more Southern California feel than a Central American one. But life around Boquete is vibrant—abundant…