Panama Top Destinations
Nature in Panama
Because of its unique geographical position, Panama harbors a greater diversity of wildlife than any country in Central America. A natural land bridge and connecting two continents, Panama is home to many South American species as well as North American wildlife. Today about 29% of Panama's land area is protected in 14 national parks, more then a dozen forest reserves and 10 wildlife refuges. Panama hosts almost 1,000 species of birds, as well as 220 mammals and 354 reptiles and amphibians. The country also owns hundreds of islands and miles of protected coral reef, sheltering a fantastic diversity of marine life.
Have you seen a Quetzal? This majestic bird once flourished from Mexico to Panama. Now facing extreme habitat loss, it is sighted in only a few protected forests. El Sendero los Quetzales between Boquete and Zero Punta is a stretch of dense rainforest through the Talamanca Mountain Range in central Panama. With a little bit of luck you might see one on this trail through cool and cloudy mountain forests!