Top things to do

Cave in Lago Bayano

Bayano Caves

On the south side of Lago Bayano, the Bayano Caves are a fun adventure. Cavers wade up Río Tigre though a sculpted Paleolithic cavern that is 850m long and full of bats and amphibians. Depending on water levels, it …
Arts & Crafts in The Road to Yaviza

Casa Cultural

About 3km south of the Interamericana this thatched 'House of Culture' on stilts in Ipetí Choco shelters some two-dozen women artisans who will sell you their magnificent woven baskets and masks, cocobolo walking st…
Panamanian in Metetí

Restaurante Doña Lala

Cheap and cheerful, this spotless cafeteria-style restaurant is usually packed with locals. Breakfasts like shredded beef and eggs are popular. Lunch options (around US$4) include stewed chicken, grilled meat, rice …
Panamanian in Yaviza

Mi Niña Nidia

We might visit this place for the name alone, but its eyrie-like position above the main street and overlooking the port is a major draw (as is a quick breakfast before the boat to El Real sets sail).
Fort in Yaviza

Fuerte de San Gerónimo

Yaviza's only real 'sight' (apart from the wobbly footbridge spanning the Río Chucunaque), the ruined Fort of St Geronimo, built by the Spanish to keep pirates (and buccaneers and privateers and corsairs) at bay loo…
Panamanian in Metetí

Restaurante Paso a Paso

This very basic fonda on the west side of the Interamericana just before (or after) you cross the Metetí River serves simple chicken and pork dishes with the inescapable patacones (fried plantains).
Panamanian in Yaviza

Fonda El Puerto

This very simple place opposite the ferry pier serves up the usual comida típica, local fare that offers few surprises but will get you through the day.
Bridge in Yaviza

Footbridge

This wobbly suspension footbridge over the Río Chucunaque links Yaviza proper with the 'suburb' of Puerto Nuevo.
Bar in Yaviza

Cantinas

A strip of raucous cantinas a few blocks southeast of the ferry pier playing mostly Colombian music.