From jungles to volcanoes to the ultimate surf spots, discover the surprising, less-traveled sides of our nearby neighbors to the south.
9. Trek Across Panama
This epic 8-day overland journey crosses the entire Panamanian Isthmus through Chagres National Park. It’s a 50-mile, full-on expedition with camping gear and porters to help you haul your stuff along the legendary “Camino Real,”— this served cross-isthmus travelers long before the Panama Canal was built. You’ll hike the same route taken by explorers in the 1500s, as they hauled New World gold across the narrowest part of the Isthmus to ships waiting on the Caribbean side for passage back to Europe. This isn’t a trip for the faint hearted. The route was only recently re-opened and only a handful of modern travelers have ever hiked it. Expect full day treks of 5 to 7 hours per day over muddy, steep, slippery slopes. (all-inclusive $1600; panamaboutique.com)
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