Sights in Bocas del toro

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Bocas del toro is a top Panamanian tourist attraction. The Caribbean archipelago on the northern coast of the country holds historical and ecological wonders like no other place in the world.

Sitio Drago

Visitors can take a tour of Sitio Drago, where Christopher Columbus first passed through on his way to the mainland of Central America. Sitio Drago is located on the northern shore of Isla Colon in Bocas del toro, and most hotels provide convenient tour arrangements. Artifacts are still being found to this day extending back to the 1500s, which is when mostly indigenous people inhabited the area.

Ngobe Bugle Indian Village

The original Indians of Panama and Bocas del toro hold a high degree of interest and mystery. There once existed a mix of indigenous tribes such as the Guayimi, Bokota and Teribe. Boat excursions are offered, allowing travelers to catch a glimpse of the current day Ngobe Bugle Indian village. The tour leaves from Isla Colon and travels up a calm river that runs through dense jungle. The scenic ride also gives travelers a chance to see manatees, large harmless mammals that cruise the bottom of the river in search of underwater plant growth to feed off.

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

Also located on Isla Colon is the Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden. Early morning visits to the garden are promising for monkey sightings. Entire pods of monkeys gently climb through the treetops with their young in search of fresh fruit buds. Nature enthusiasts will love the lush plant life that exists in the garden, along with a variety of butterfly and bird species.

Bastimentos National Park

The Bastimentos National Park is a peaceful stretch of secluded beaches. Most travelers stop here to breathe the fresh air and catch a cooling breeze from the ocean. Although the park is highly visited by tourists each year, there remains a security problem. It is recommended to not leave any valuables inside a car or taxi when visiting Bastimentos.

Bocas Town

While staying within Bocas Town, visitors should take a convenient look at the Spanish Building. This historical architecture is currently being restored and is known for housing regional government. There is also a large clock that strikes every 15 minutes. Also in the center of Bocas Town is the Bocas del toro Research Station. It's run by the Smithsonian Institute and open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 pm until 5 pm.

From rainforests to city life, Bocas del toro has much to offer. Taxis and tours are fairly priced and offered daily, so be sure to check out the surroundings while visiting this special place.

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