Panama is at the narrowest point between the Caribbean and Pacific, the logical place to build a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The narrow strip of land is dominated by dense tropical forest, home to a huge variety of wildlife and the indigenous Embera Indians.
In the north of the country, the volcanic hills rise to form the Panamanian highlands. Here the cooler temperatures allow for some great walking in La Amistad National Park and along the famous ‘Los Quetzales Trail’. From Cerro Punta you can descend to the Caribbean coast where a short ferry ride brings you to the tropical paradise of the Bocas del Toro islands.