Unlike its other neighboring countries in Central America, e.g. Costa Rica and Guatemala, Panama is still waiting for its turn to get a boost in tourism. But despite this, travelers on a budget can still get to enjoy the attractions that Panama can offer, from its sandy beaches to its tropical rainforests, springs, rivers and mountain ranges.
Most travelers who don't have much time to go around the different places in Panama will already have a complete vacation at the Archipelago de las Perlas. This place is composed of many islets and islands that one can visit. The water is pristine and being surrounded by the islets makes one feel like they are taken to an entirely different world. Another scenic place in Panama is at the only volcano in the country, located at the Parque Nacional Volcan Baru.
Panama is also rich in cultural heritage similar to the other countries in Central America. There are cities that still showcase the colonial towns where antique houses and buildings are carefully preserved by the locals. The Kuna, one of the most independent indigenous groups in Central America, lives autonomously in the Comarca de Kuna Yala a remote region in Panama. If you seek more adventure then you can visit the off beaten track towards the Darien Province which is considered as the real last frontier in the Central America.
Another town that is rich in cultural heritage is the Casco Viejo. This neighborhood is home to several ruined convents and cobblestones that were built during the colonial times and are still standing even up to today. At night, this little town transforms into a very romantic location where couples can have a romantic dinner beneath the parasols and have a portrait together by the artists along the promenade.
The fantastic view at the Panama Canal is another thing that is worth checking out. The Panama Canal is considered as one of the greatest nautical shortcuts in the world because it passes right through the division of the continents connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Spending an afternoon along the canal offers a clear view of the jungle on the other side and the huge container vessels that cruise along the canal.
The misty highlands of Panama offer a very unique way of enjoying nature. In here, you will not only appreciate the view of the volcano, but as well as taste the products from its soil. The Boquete at the highlands is known for the coffee berries that grow in the area. A fresh cup of coffee is your perfect companion as you warm yourself and marvel at the scenery of the cloud forest in front and the white coastline below.