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Newsweek: “Canopy Tower is one of the Premier Ecotourism Experiences in the World”

Canopy Tower Triumphs Again and Again

Puts Panama on the Map for Nature and Birding

You and Your Family Should Go

Congratulations to Canopy Tower and Raul Arias de Para. His amazing Canopy Tower has won more accolades than any other Panama tourism destination.

It doesn’t stop. Among other articles, Canopy Tower was recently featured in Newsweek magazine which has the largest circulation of any news magazine in the US.

Raul is now promoting nature experience tours.

If you and your family haven’t  yet  been to Canopy Tower, I recommend it.  It’s  the best nature experience in Panama and according to the international press, one of the best in the world.  It’s also close- less than an hour from Panama City. Nancy

Recent Press About Canopy Tower

Going to the Birds

Newsweek November 2010

Today, a stay at the Canopy Tower is one of the premier ecotourism experiences in the world

Canopy Tower can be described only as a place where everyone falls in love with birds

You emerge through a hatch onto the observation deck, a dazzling 360-degree open-air walkway around the dome that provides a panoramic view of the rainforest canopy. Birder, bird watcher, nonbirder—on that deck it doesn’t matter, because the birds are all there, right in front of you at eye level. It is impossible not to be drawn in. My mom and I saw scores of avian species, but also howler monkeys, sloths, tamarins, all kinds of bats and butterflies—as well as freight ships making their way through the Panama Canal—without taking more than a few steps one way or another.

Los Angeles Times

One of the top 14 hotels in the world

The scene: Nirvana for birders and jungle junkies in the forest at Soberania National Park.

New York Times: October, 2009

Open the window of your room and probably less than 40 feet away are hundreds of bird species. “It’s incredible that you have such wilderness so close to the city

Some bird-watchers were saying that here, in a matter of days, they had seen as many species as they had in many other countries on many different occasions combined. The diversity is amazing.”

The Fodors 2010 Choice Award

Red Frog Beach Resort in Bocas del Toro- A Great Beach and Eco-Destination

Red Frog Beach Resort is now one of Panama’s most attractive beach and eco-destinations.  To start it is on Red Frog Beach- arguably the most beautiful beach in Panama. What a view with its crashing waves, fringe of rainforest, white sand and deep azure waters. Secondly, Red Frog Resort  is the only place in Bocas where tourists can experience the Bocas del Toro  rainforest with their new Bastimientos Sky Canopy Zipline adventure which takes you up a lush jungle trail and then zipping through the jungle on 7 tree based ziplines, plus a ropes course, tarzan swing and an optional  high platform rappel.

I loved the plexiglass on wood signs on the zipline trail with info about Bastimientos  flor and fauna- the best signage I have seen anywhere in Panama.

The resort offers two extremely attractive lodging options. For the young and the budget mined, you can stay at the Bocas Bound Hostel with a dorm space for $13 or a suite for $100. The upscale choice and the gorgeous, fully equipped private  villas. The villas are ideal for a family, a romantic couple and for a surfing group with room for up to 7. They have amazing ocean and island views.

The staff is attentive and fun.

The restaurants are also a major attraction. One is Kayucos, with American favorites food and reasonable prices. It’s part of a large social area that is a big hit with families- a pool table, ping pong table, lots of board games, hammocks and  a free movie nightly. To top it off it has island views and fresh breezes.

The second restaurant Punta Lava is right on Red Frog Beach- good American food, an ample bar  and unbeatable beach  views.

Many kinds of tours are offered from the canopy zipline, to a cave tour to fishing. There is good to excellent  surfing near by- some places within walking distance.

The resort is  managed by a smart team in a sustainable, eco-friendly way so as not to disrupt the delicate ecology system  on Bastimientos Island.

Check it out at

Kuna Ayala/San Blas Islands Selected “One of the Top Ten Tropical Paradises” by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet, one of the most prestigious tourism publications, just selected Panama’s Kuna Ayala Islands aka the San Blas Islands,

Panama rated # 3

I agree. These islands some of the most beautiful in Panama and part of their attraction is the natural simplicity- simple comfortable thatch roof accomodations and  nothing modern. It is a special kind of refreshing not to see or be near any cement, glass or steel for a few days.

Here’s the scoop from Lonely Planet

3. Kuna Yala, Panama

Look up ‘tropical paradise’: there will probably be a picture of the Kuna Yala archipelago. These small islands (also known as the San Blas Islands) are part of the semi-autonomous territory of the Kuna people and feature palm trees, gorgeous beaches, thatched huts and timeless charm. Big business hasn’t gained a foothold because the Kuna rule the roost, with a series of laws to preserve the natural environment. So no ugly hotels spoiling the view and no package tourism polluting the vibe, just plenty of uninhabited islands to explore.