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    Off the Path Panama

    Diversity in geography, ecology, and culture is the reigning theme in this beautiful country on the rise. Doug Bruce chronicles the Panama journey for Sherman's Travel magazine.

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    Off the Path Panama - Panama City

    Soaring skyscrapers, scaffolding, and cranes create the new urban landscape of Panama City, heralding a time of economic optimism and renewed interest from travelers across the globe.

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    Off the Path Panama - Kuna Yala Archipelago

    From the modern urban renaissance of Panama City to the primitive paradise of the Kuna Yala archipelago, the country of Panama is an engaging study of contrasts for the adventurous traveler.

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    Off the Path Panama - The Bristol Hotel, Panama

    The bar at the Bristol Hotel Panama, in the heart of the city’s financial district, offers an elegant respite and is known for its premium rum collection.

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    Off the Path Panama - The Barandas at the Bristol Hotel, Panama

    The Barandas restaurant, in the Bristol Hotel Panama, serves Panamanian-inspired gourmet cuisine under chef Cuquita Arias.

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    Off the Path Panama - The Metropolitan Cathedral

    Casco Viejo is the historic section of Panama City, filled with a mixture of French and Spanish architecture such as the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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    Off the Path Panama - Iglesia de San Jose

    The famed Baroque golden altar inside Iglesia de San Jose was supposedly painted black and hidden by a priest to prevent its theft from pirate Henry Morgan.

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    Off the Path Panama - The Palacio de las Garzas

    The Palacio de las Garzas (Herons' Palace) is the governmental residence of the President of Panama, and is named after the herons who also reside on the property.

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    Off the Path Panama - Finca la Milagrosa Plantation

    The area around Boquete, located in the western end of Panama, is prized for its coffee plantations, such as Finca la Milagrosa owned by Tito Vargas (pictured).

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    Off the Path Panama - Boquete

    Coffee beans from the Boquete area of Panama.

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    Off the Path Panama - Rancho de Caldera

    Rancho de Caldera is an eco resort located in the hills near Boquete.

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    Off the Path Panama - Rancho de Caldera

    Stunning vistas are a natural component to Rancho de Caldera, such as this view from the infinity-pool area.

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    Off the Path Panama - La Loma Jungle Lodge

    The Bocas del Toro province of Panama contains an eclectic sisterhood of resorts such as the La Loma Jungle Lodge, nestled in the rainforest of Isla Bastimentos.

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    Off the Path Panama - La Loma Jungle Lodge

    La Loma Jungle Lodge is a working chocolate farm where cacao beans are grown and hand-processed into potent chocolate treats.

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    Off the Path Panama - The Punta Caracol Aqua-Lodge

    The Punta Caracol Aqua-Lodge is built over the Caribbean waters of Isla Colon, in the Bocas del Toro archipelago of Panama.

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    Off the Path Panama - The Punta Caracol Aqua-Lodge

    The Punta Caracol Aqua-Lodge includes a restaurant and bar that serve a variety of local and international dishes and cocktails.

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    Off the Path Panama - Soposo Rainforest Adventures

    Soposo Rainforest Adventures, on the mainland of Bocas del Toro, allows guests to experience the rich culture of the Naso people amid the beauty of the rainforest.

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    Off the Path Panama - Soposo Rainforest Adventures

    Meals at Soposo Rainforest Adventures are prepared in a traditional kitchen with a wood-fired stove, and incorporate fresh, local ingredients.

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    Off the Path Panama - Soposo Rainforest Adventures

    The name 'Soposo' is rich with meaning: 'So' is Naso for tapir, and refers to the abundant and colorful animals that inhabit the area.

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