Sport Fishing, Golf, Running, Trecking, Cycling and Much More Panama Offers
Panama is as diverse in sports activities as its population. The truth is that the tourist during his visit can take the opportunity to continue practicing the sport he normally does or learn a new one.
Panama means “abundance of fish” in indigenous language and living up to its name, it has several world-class fishing areas, including Bahia Piña in Panama, home to more records on a global scale than anywhere else in the world, 250 for to be exact and the Gulf of Chiriqui and Coiba Island in the western area of Panama. Close to Panama City is Las Perlas Archipelago, a short distance away by boat or plane.
For freshwater fishing, Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, 45 minutes from Panama City. In these areas, fishing is so abundant that it is normal for each person, including children, to catch at least twenty fish. The most sought after fish in Panama are: Sailfish, Wahoo, Black and Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna.
Globally, according to Leadingcourses (the largest list of golf clubs in the world) Panama has a score of 7.8. This rating indicates how suitable a destination is for playing golf. The rating is based on several elements, as the average golf club rating between this destination and the above average golf club density. There are a variety of golf clubs in Panama, one of the most popular being Tucan Country Club & Resort, which has with the course and facilities that will make your experience the most rewarding. This is without adding that the service and attention are first class. Another very popular course is the Mantarraya Golf Club – Decameron Golf. However, the Buenaventura Panama Golf Resort is one of the best golf clubs in Panama with 18 holes, there are also renowned golf clubs such as Summit Golf Club, Santa Maria Golf & Country Club, Lucero Golf & Country Club, Quebrada Grande Country Club, Vista Mar Golf & Beach Resort, Bijao Golf Club, Panama Golf Club, Coronado Golf & Beach Resort.
Panama has special areas for cycling, and in recent years there have been campaigns for this sport to grow much more among people of all ages. Most of the areas where this sport is practice have beautiful views of either Panama City or natural landscapes in the interior of the country. Thus, a brief list of the bike paths and areas for mountain biking that all local or foreign visitors can enjoy.
Cíclovia to Amador (Panama City): it has a distance of 28.3 kilometers. It starts from the Paitilla area, goes through the coastal strip until it reaches the last island of the Causeway at the entrance of the Panama Canal.
Altos de la Cruz, El Valle: it has a route of 62.45 kilometers, and has a high level of difficulty. It starts in Quebrada Grande and continues up the mountain, down until you reach the picturesque town of El Valle de Anton in the Cocle Province.
Las Uvas, Penonome: it has a route of 67.59 kilometers, it is of a high level of difficulty, but it is rewarded by incredible views of nature found in the province of Cocle.
La Colorada Trail: with a route of 15.03 kilometers in the province of Veraguas, it has a high difficulty due to its ups and downs in a natural environment.
The best place to run or jog in Panama City is Cinta Costera, a multi-use trail that offers beautiful views of the sea and the skyline. The Amador Causeway trail has a similar boardwalk vibe, while parks like Omar Torrijos and Cerro Ancon also have paved trails.
Another city with great spaces to do running is the well-named first Panamanian Caribbean Viewpoint in Colon City. This site is a promenade that runs through part of the City of Colon and contains healthy recreation areas, cycle paths and paths to perform running.
Wherever you want to run in Panama, keep in mind that the weather is quite humid and the sun can be very strong. You have to remember to hydrate, use sunscreen and try to run early to beat the heat.
One of the activities that generates the most adrenaline is rafting in the rivers of Boquete, which are world famous, with routes that are considered among the best in the world, the Chiriqui Viejo River being the most famous. A natural adventure that is accompanied by a unique landscape environment and great biodiversity.
The current carries adventurers through narrow channels lined with boulders and impressive rock gardens. The speed of the river, along with the complex terrain, give the route a strong Class IV rating, although it is also classified as Class II-III (more popular for year-round trips). Advice, do rafting only with qualified professionals. In Boquete there are agencies that offer rafting with similar prices that include transportation by van, complete equipment and picnic.
Panama is full of treasures worth discovering. The natural parks that cover large spaces in the country have trails that are ideal for trekking and that ultimately reward you with views of beautiful waterfalls or impressive views from high points in the mountains. The list of trails in Panama is endless, however, there are several that are not popular to do throughout the country.
• Camino de Cruces. From Gamboa, the Chagres River and the Cruces pier, returning along the Plantation Trail
• Sendero del Oleoducto / Pipeline Road, located in the Gamboa area, is an internationally famous trail.
• Boquete, Chiriqui. From the town entrance to the Baru Volcano National Park, to the top of the volcano (3,475 m.) and back. The most demanding trail in Panama.
• Baru Volcano National Park. Los Quetzales Trail. From Alto Chiquero to Alto Respingo.
• Taboga Island. From the jetty to Playa Restinga, Playa Diablo, Cerro Vigia and Sendero de las Tres Cruces.
• Las Escobas del Venado Trail, Los Santos. Venao Beach, Madroño Beach and Cerro la Zahina
Each trail requires that the visitor wears appropriate clothing and footwear for trekking, as well as bring a hydrating drink and, if possible, an expert guide on the route.