Last updated on January 21st, 2018

Before I visited Panama to improve my Spanish, the only thing I knew about this Central American country was the Panama Canal and it being a transportation gateway.

Travel photography also keeps me walking, and I wasn’t sure what else I was going to capture in Panama.

I was surprised there was so much beauty in Panama.

And here are some of my travel photography adventures in Panama.

I made a cityscape photograph of Panama City from Cinta Costera. The place is bustling with locals, street food, and entertainment. There is even a children’s playground for those who are family conscious.

How I did not know about the San Blas Islands before visiting Panama is still a puzzle. The archipelago consists of 378 islands inhabited by the Kuna Tribe. If you’re a beginner photographer, it’s not possible to take a bad photo here.

Perhaps the best location in Bocas del Toro, Cayo Zapatilla offers a photoshoot-ready beach. The location doesn’t have many people, so it was easy to take a snap without a bunch of tourists in the background.

I went on an altitude changing hike in Boquete’s cloud forest. There are waterfalls to capture (or get wet in). If you want a real challenge, then hike up Baru Volcano at night and watch the sunset in the morning.

Of course I included a photo of the Panama Canal.

And what’s a country without its amazing people – nothing.

Since I travel long-term, carrying around photography equipment is challenging. Right now, I don’t use my telephoto lens. But if you’re serious about photographing Panama, then consider getting a telephoto lens to photograph wildlife or an underwater camera for marine life. There are dolphins, sloths, stingrays (careful), howler monkeys, birds, etc., to capture moments.

Travel and keep firing that shutter.

San Blas Sailing