Photo of the day: leafcutter ants

Leafcutter ants are endemic to South and Central America, and are ever-present in nature there. There is not only one type of leafcutter ants, but Keep travelling

Photo of the day: colourful hummingbird taking a break

You can hear them hovering past your ear, maneuvering acrobatically  into all directions and when you spot them they are already on the next flower: the hummingbird is one of a kind. Keep travelling

Portraying the white-faced capuchin monkey [Panama]

Seated with a drink and taking in the scenery on the Barú volcano from the terrace at the Lost and Found Hostel, set in the mountains of Panama, I contemplate the beauty of nature, when I get distracted by something approaching through the treetops…

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Casco Viejo, Panama

A street cat tries to climb into a bin. On one of the many doorsteps a dog is sound asleep. Kids run around, playing tag while a few teenagers are listening to some music blasting through their phones. Laundry is drying above the sidewalk and a woman has a loud conversation with her opposite neighbour from her colourful wooden balcony. We are walking the streets of Casco Viejo, Spanish for old quarter, in the historical centre of Panama City.

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Delicious ceviche from the fish market, Panama City

Visiting Panama City, eating a ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime) is a must for every food-lover. The freshest seafood in town can be found at the Mercado del Marisco, a huge fish market where all sorts of fish can be bought. Compared to the many markets we visited in Central America, this indoor market place is surprisingly hygienic. Mystery solved when we see the plate explaining it is funded by Japan! Sweet memories of the fantastic Tsukiji fish market

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The origin of the Panama hat

Walking the charming streets of Casco Viejo in Panama City and passing by numerous Panama hat stores, I get tempted to try some. I head into a traditional store and start chatting with the charismatic owner, curious to know where in Panama these hats are made. “In Ecuador!”, he laughs.

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Photo of the day: the tree of love, Panama

This tree of love held his host so tight that it eventually strangled it, explaining its more common name of strangler fig. It is not really a tree, but vines that grow around them. Keep traveling

Photo of the day: The skyline of Panama

Since Panama gained control over the Panama Canal  in 1999, its economy got a massive boost. Over the past 10 years skyscrapers have changed its skyline with many high-rise buildings still under construction. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: The Lineated woodpecker, Panama City

Walking the city centre of Panama’s cosmopolitan capital, we encountered this woodpecker with its very neat and bright red puff.  Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: corn tortilla making

It is still dark and Deyanira is already cooking the first tortillas of the day: they are an important part of the daily diet in Central America and must be ready by breakfast. She started by curing corn in limewater to easily peel off the skin of the corn kernels she will later feed her chickens with. By the time I woke up, Keep travelling