With travelers discovering Panama's rich cultural and ecological diversity, travel to the country is steadily rising. For inspiration to discover the country known as the crossroads of the Americas, follow these Instagram accounts, showcasing Panama's eclectic array of activities, from life in the islands to the coffee plantations in the mountains.
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For the Foodies
For all of the gourmands out there and lovers of Latin American food, follow Jorge Chanis of @elbuendiente, food blogger, columnist, and purveyor of all things food and event-related. When he's not taking the perfect photo of tacos or a mouth-watering shot of a Panamanian hamburger with chorizo and melted cheese, Jorge is busy creating original video content for his YouTube channel, showcasing the best culinary adventures in and around Panama and greater Latin America. He regularly hosts travel influencers and culinary creatives at his posh culinary events in the city, leaving us all with Instagram inspiration to book a trip to the crossroads of the Americas.
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For The Artists
If you fancy visual and performance art and want to know what it's actually like to paint those street art murals we all incessantly Instagram, then follow Panama-based artist Agata Surma, @agatasurma. Surma partners with fellow artist Hector Guillen on many projects based in Casco Viejo, Panama. You can see their artwork at popular restaurants like Caliope, where you can dine under large scale murals, and popular boutique hotels like Tantalo, where Surma and Guillen's art is on display throughout the entire property grounds.
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For The Beach Bums
If your hobbies include island hopping, kayaking, and surfing, then @thebocasislands is the Instagram account for you. As the official tourism account for the islands, the feed includes local tips and access into this secluded part of Panama, located on the country's northern Caribbean coast. Extending from the mainland cloud forest mountains to the tropical island chains, Bocas del Toro is an archipelago of nine main islands, 52 cays and thousands of islets, making it one of Panama's most visited eco-tourism destinations. Lodging options range from luxury resorts to accessible surf hostels, and excursions include sailing around the island chain, zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, scuba diving in the coral reefs and exploring the deserted beaches, thick with lush palm trees.
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For The Design Geeks
If you love architecture and appreciate a well-lit courtyard, then following American Trade Hotel & Hall on Instagram (@amtradehotel) is a great idea. The property opened in the fall of 2013 and has quickly revamped Casco Viejo, a once derelict district home to vicious gang violence. Ace Hotel Group's Atelier Ace is behind the stunning design, lending a true sense of place within lush Latin America. The property shines in design as much as it does in heart, as local community enterprise is at the forefront of the hotel's mission. Get your daily dose of tropicality, courtyard views with stunning mosaic tiles, and some of the best rooftop views in all of Panama.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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For The Nature Lovers
If spending your mornings in a hammock amidst a crisp mountain landscape sounds appealing to you, then follow Finca Lerida Coffee Estate & Hotel on Instagram, @hotelfincalerida. The property is home to three different property sections, inclusive of junior suites, deluxe rooms, and standard rooms, adding to 21 rooms in total. While it's easy to spend the majority of the day hammock-side or feasting on the culinary delights of Finca Lerida's restaurant, La Brulerie, the property shines in the tours offered to travelers at its on-site coffee plantation. The hotel's Instagram is full of shots showcasing the sprawling coffee fields, full of beautiful birds and views, making you crave a perfectly roasted cup of coffee.