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Hidden Gems - Panama & Nicaragua

Story by Vapues Travel

Posted: August 9, 2021

One of the great joys of travel is finding those special places which take you away from the usual tourist trail, giving you a vacation experience which feels truly unique and authentic.

At Vapues Travel, we know Nicaragua and Panama like old friends, and have picked out a selection of great accommodation and curated experiences in some of these countries more unusual locations.

Remote islands, calm lagoons and untouched rainforests await, so you can deliver your clients a tailored travel plan which will stand out from the crowd and live long in the memory.

Take a look at a few of our favorite places, properties and experiences


Just a short journey from Bocas del Toro's main town, Isla Bastimentos is wild, beautiful and undoubtedly one of the highlights of the archipelago. Around the coast you'll encounter palm-fringed beaches where sea turtle nest, mangrove forests full of wildlife and protected coral reefs which provide amazing snorkeling and diving opportunities.

This island is home to the indigenous Ngobe-Buglé tribe, as well as some stunning lodges where you can relax and enjoy a peaceful island vacation.


Formed some 20,000 years ago, this giant volcano crater lake is one of Nicaragua's most beautiful natural landmarks. Tropical dry forests surround crystal-clear waters, making it a place of great serenity and incredibly diverse wildlife, including iguanas, hummingbirds and howler monkeys. Although the area is a protected reserve, you'll find some excellent eco-friendly lodges around the shores of the lake, and there are great opportunities for hiking, swimming, kayaking and diving.

Contact us today so we can let you in on some of Panama and Nicaragua’s best-kept secrets…