Top Cities to backpack through in Central & South America

Panama City, Panama

Don’t miss the engineering, logistic and nature of Panama City. Visit the new “Centro de Observación de Ampliacion en Colón”, an outdoor multilayer metal structure (60 meters above the sea), where people can have a view of the connection between Pacific and Atlantic Oceans (50 meters away from the scene), looking at enormous ships connecting their way through the Canal. If you are spending more than 2 days in the city, join an Eco-Tour at Gatún Lake.

To try some local cuisine, you have to order Carimañolas (fried miniature-empanadas) or “Sausage Hojaldre” which are the traditional breakfast options in Panamá City.

San Jose, Costa Rica

Chepe, as the city is referred to by locals, is a very cosmopolitan city. Plaza de la Cultura is the ideal location to begin exploring city’s urban attractions, starting with Pre-Columbian Gold Museum that lies beneath the plaza.

Admire the “Mix Used Tower”, the latest landmark and a progressive environmental architectural project nested in San Jose since 2012. Hotels, restaurants and offices are also merged in the building.

If you are looking for a beach destination, you can drive 4 hours or take a 1-hour flight towards Playas del Coco, a spot with clear water, boat tours, scuba-diving, turtles at the beach and a boulevard full of casinos.

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