Posts Tagged ‘Panama’

June 12, 2015

Four Unlikely Places for Great Wildlife Viewing

Taking time to explore the wildlife in countries can be an amazing experience. We share this world with beautiful creatures that live in the forests, jungles, mountains, and oceans. Seeing animals in their natural environments is breathtaking. Once you have seen some of these places, the importance of conservation efforts and responsible travel can’t be ignored. Viewing wildlife on a family vacation isn’t just good in the Galapagos and Tanzania. Here are four places that aren’t traditional destinations for wildlife and they are all part of North America!

Baja

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Baja is the western most part of Mexico, just to the south of California. If ocean and marine life is of the slightest interest to your family, then Baja must be on your bucket list of places to visit. Baja is the best of the best when it comes to life below the sea. The Sea of Cortez is home to the largest variety of whales in the world and every year gray whale mothers and their calves migrate to Magdalena Bay where they come close enough to visitors that you can touch them! This isn’t even to mention the thousands of fish that swim in the waters- and sea lions!

Panama

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When you neighbor Costa Rica it’s hard to compete in the wildlife department but, Panama does very well. It is home to over 200 mammals, 200 reptiles, 150 amphibians, and 900 birds (the most of any Central American country). Darien National Park in Panama is one of the best places to go bird watching in the world. A few of the birds that people travel to see are the harpy eagle, quetzals, macaws, parrots and toucans. Panama also has a great monkey population in spider monkeys, white-faced capuchins, squirrel monkeys, and the Geoffroy’s tamarin which can’t be found anywhere else in Central America.

 

Cuba

When thinking of Cuba, it is hard to think of it as a place great for a wildlife adventure. But the truth is that Cuba has the most animal species in all of the Caribbean. One of the more fascinating animals in Cuba is the bee hummingbird. Many believe that this is the smallest bird in the world, just over 2 inches long and weighs less than an ounce! The locals say it is a symbol of love and call it a “zunzun.” Cuba is also home to crocodiles, flamingos, butterfly bats, reef sharks, and the emerald humming bird and much more!

Canada

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While hiking in the Canadian Rockies you are bound to see some incredible and massive animals. Numbering in the thousands, there are plenty of opportunities to see elk. These creatures are majestic and you may want to get as close as you can to them, but remember they are wild and you need to stay at least a couple of hundred feet away. Your family will also have the chance to see mountain goats and bighorn sheep in action climbing the sides of mountains! There is also a scarce population of wolves and cougars that are rarely seen. Canada is truly a wild adventure and these animals only help add to the ambiance!

Taking your family vacation to any of these destinations is bound to be filled with excitement and great wildlife. Get out there and see the beauty that nature has to offer!



May 15, 2012

The Amazing Kenedy

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This year the Children’s Cancer Fund created a special Inspiration Book to help support pediatric cancer research. We are so proud to share with you the artwork of our friend Kenedy. Now a seventh grader, Kenedy says her drawing is about her safari hunt for butterflies on her Thomson Family Adventure to Panama. It was her favorite trip ever, and she loves butterflies!

To purchase copies of this book, please call Children’s Cancer Fund at 972-664-1450 or visit their website ChildrensCancerFund.net.

Click here to see Kenedy, aka Liquid Sunshine on video when she was presented the Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award from the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society of Texas.

Kenedy, you are an amazing girl and we are so happy to see you strong and happy.



May 10, 2011

Top Ten Panama

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Want something comfortable but different? Avoid the tourists – even if you are one – and come to Panama. Why? Because:

1) Panama is still unspoiled and undiscovered. Fancy hotels? Nope, but what a delight to explore a land not many know.

2) Climate: perfect all year round. A warm getaway in chilly December or frigid February. An exotic escape in the summer, when you can see the humpback whales migrating through. There’s a good reason to go in any month.

3) Our guides? Priceless. Make the most of your time; discover secrets and learn more fascinating things than you ever would on your own.

4) Wildlife – not just hundreds of species of mammal, reptile and amphibians and almost 1000 species of bird, but 125 animal species found nowhere else in the world.

5) The Panama Canal! Such amazing history and engineering brilliance. You don’t have to be a mathematician or scientist to appreciate this marvel. Come watch the ships glide through the locks.

6) Comfortable transportation: The roads are sophisticated like the canal, thanks to the construction years. Well paved, making for a smooth ride.

7) Casco Antiguo (AKA Casco Viejo) and the streets of historic Panama. Built as a walled city to protect the early settlers from marauding pirates (yes, pirates!!), today it is a World Heritage site representing the diverse cultures and architecture of Panama City.

8) Beaches, and with great snorkeling too. On pristine Isla Iguana you’ll find sugar white sand, dry tropical forest, and coral reef; red throated frigate birds and five kinds of turtle, brilliant colored crabs, lizards and – of course – iguanas too.

9) Wowie Zipline: Here someone else controls the speed so you can actually enjoy the moment. Pause mid-zip in front of a waterfall for a good look – and a great photo opportunity.

10) The Embera Tribe. Still living a traditional life, just up river from the modern canal, you can visit this indigenous tribe and learn about how they live off the land. Your kids can write ahead to pen pals who live here too. Want to get a tribal tattoo, albeit a temporary one? You can do so here.

11) One more! Fresh and delicious Food: Though Panama is not known for its gastronomy, it does offer excellent fresh fish and fruits. Enjoy ceviche, empanadas, tamales, fried yuca and plantains. Plenty of hot sauce available too!

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