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“I didn’t know iguanas could swim,” says my 12-year-old

grandson as we perch on a wooden deck at the edge of

a slow-moving river.

I follow his gaze and see the unmistakable head of an iguana

gliding through the water. It’s propelling itself by its tail, the

object of its attention a black-bellied whistling duck seated in

grassy marsh on what appears to be a nest of eggs.

My suspicion that this wildlife drama isn’t going to have

a happy ending are confirmed when I hear squealing, honking

and a flurry of rustling.

“Now we know iguanas also eat eggs,” says my grandson.

There’s nothing quite like a life and death battle to cap off

a week of creating memories through with my kids and

grandkids in Panama.

It’s tough to beat Panama for multigenerational adventure

travel. The narrow isthmus is a hub of biodiversity, a bridge

between ecosystems of two continents and two oceans,

offering plenty to keep all ages of explorers engaged.

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Ultimate Family Vacations | SPRING 2018

SPRING 2018 | Ultimate Family Vacations

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Pirate tales, jungle hikes and crocodile encounters — intergenerational

travel with tweens is full of adventure and rewards

PANAMA

By Michele Peterson

Our first evening, we watch

a condor swoop past our

terrace, spy a giant walking

stick insect and fall asleep

listening to the surf roll in.

BEAUTIFUL REFLECTION ON LAKE SOBERANIA

RESTORED BUILDINGS IN CASCO VIEJO, PANAMA CITY’S OLDEST QUARTER