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John Paul Reid
(Reid) - F

Locale: SouthEast
Panama Rain forest on 04/30/2009 12:10:41 MDT Print View

I've got a freind that's going to panama for her graduation. She will be hiking 15 - 20 mile days and she is hardly a hiker. Is there any info or advice I can give her to help her have a better time, she will be there for 19 days! I can tell you her temperment is not that of a long distance hiker, or we really don't know how she'll fare but I'm hoping she can get some advice that will help her out. I may send her a link to this if some good info turns up. Thanks! She'll not have to carry tent or cooking systems.

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
panama on 04/30/2009 22:44:26 MDT Print View

I went to Panama earlier this year, however I did not do much hiking. My only worthwhile advice to offer is to be careful of the area you are hiking in. If she is proposing to hike in the south near the Colombian border in the Darien jungle, it would be worthwhile to consider going with a reputable guide. There are still FARC and other paramilitary guerrillas in the area. Do your homework first and she shouldn't forget that she is the only one that is going to be looking out for her own security.

There are some great trails and national parks in the north near the tourist town of Boqette.

I highly recommend the seafood restaurant above the seafood market in Panama City. Delicious Chiviche! Ifish market hope she has a great trip.Miraflores locks

Christopher Chupka

Locale: NTX
15-20 mile days? on 05/01/2009 12:24:22 MDT Print View

Having lived in Panama as a child and gone thru some military training there it seems to me 15 to 20 mile days are gonna be pretty rough unless she is gonna stick to the roads.

There is some serious jungle in Panama, absolutely beautiful but some serious jungle.