The Darien region, with a total land surface of 16,803 km, is the largest province in Panama, the most sparsely populated, and the least well known. It is a region of dense tropical rainforest. Its indigenous population of Embera, Wounaan, and Kuna live in settlements scattered along the numerous river valleys.
The Darien Jungle is recognized as one of the top-ten birding sites in the world. It is possible to see birds and animals close to the trail systems because the region is so remote and unvisited. Green and chestnut-fronted macaws, rufous-tailed and snowy-bellied hummingbirds and king vultures are common sightings. Endangered species such as great curasows, macaws, white-lipped peccary, tapir, black-headed spider monkey, and jaguar live protected under the watch of nearby ranger stations.
Things to See and Do
* Wildlife viewing
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency - Balboa, U.S. dollar (PAB, USD)
Language – Spanish
Land Area - 16,803 km
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – +507
Travel Links – International flights to Panama arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY), which lies about 20 miles east of Panama City (from all countries) or David Airport (from Costa Rica in AirPanama).