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Up in The Hills

My first visit to Up in The Hill took place about 4 years ago. A friend from California invited me to take a hike from Isla Bastimentos´ main dock all the way to the pristine Wizard beach. On the way back we stopped at Up in The Hill for some refreshments and the most amazing, mind-blowing coconut covered chocolate […]

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The Rice Assembly

Once again Cubitá tours organized another cultural immersion activity where guests were able to participate in a rice harvest assembly. The rice harvest assembly is an excellent example of the spirit of solidarity that characterizes the Panamanians from the countryside and it is an excellent opportunity for local visitors and tourists to experience the Azuero traditions. Local […]

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Mercado del Marisco – Fish Market

Although technically not a restaurant, the fish market compound is home to multiple seafood stands, ceviche vendors and a very casual restaurant that serves a daily menu and can also cook whatever you purchase downstairs. The main attraction of the building lays on the ground floor; a bustling colorful market consisting of a mix of people from all nationalities and […]

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Quesos Chela

Queso Chela is the queen of artisan cheeses, butter and bread in Panama. Some of the favorite items at Queso Chela are the egg bread called pan de moña (pronounced monyah), meat and chicken empanadas, artisan goat cheese, string cheese, smoked cheese, herb cheese, the traditional Panamanian whole milk cheese and Panamanian beverages called “chichas”. Chicheme is a type of chicha […]

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Delicias Margot

Delicias Margot is a great example of Panamanian cuisine traditionally served during small town celebrations. Here you can sample tamales and bollos which are similar to tamales but sweeter. There are two kinds of bollos, plain or with stuffing, the second ones are called bollos preñados, literally meaning pregnant. More specialities include chorizo Santeño made Los Santos province style, pork rind, roasted pork, corn fritters […]

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Casa de Montaña

Nestled in the heart of the province of Chiriqui, this boutique Bed & Breakfast is a new gem in the town of Boquete. We were pleasantly surprised to see the high quality construction, modern, comfortable furnishings and attention to detail – right down to separate make-up and shoe towels in a basket on the bathroom counters! Located only a […]

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The Art of Julie Jorgensen

Lilia: Mixed media on heavy black paper. Lili’s husband, Barry had asked me months ago to do a portrait of Lili. I have known her for years and she is a dear friend of mine. To me, she is everything good in the world and beyond. A great confidant as well as incredibly fun. A true Caribbean […]

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Valle Escondido Resort Golf & Spa

“Hidden Valley” Step into the dream of Sam Taliaferro, a man who saw far and beyond people’s imaginations, a visionary man who back in the early 2000s developed a residential resort community that positioned Panama on the top of the lists of the best retirement communities in the world. A place surrounded by stunning mountains, a rocky river, fish […]

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Island Plantation

This beautiful beachfront retreat offers jaw-dropping views of the turquoise Caribbean ocean, golden sand and the lush jungle. Island Plantation is the creation of Herolf Andersen and Chris Bybee who discovered this amazing spot on a bicycle ride to Bluff Beach during a weekend holiday. At that time they were living in Panama City after having moved from Costa Rica where […]

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