Where else besides Panama can you find ancient fishing boats framed by glittering skyscrapers, 17th century Spanish architecture next to modernist graffiti, and sleepy guitars accompanying electric beats? Not anywhere we know of—it's a country and a city unlike anything else. We were fortunate enough to shoot our summer collection in this incredible place, and the images we captured practically speak for themselves. Here are just a few highlights of the trip. Enjoy. We sure did.
Our introduction to Panama City was the Casco Viejo neighborhood—and it's safe to say it was love at first sight. 300-year-old colonial buildings contributed to some incredible walks, and the shady ficus trees in the Parque de Santa Ana made afternoon dominoes that much cooler. Oh, and the iced rum didn't hurt either. Nope. Not one bit.
Imagine doing 120 mph on a crowded city street. Now, imagine doing 120 on a crowded city street inside a giant, raucously-painted school bus full of cheering, drunk carnival celebrants. Well, that's precisely what happened to us when we hopped on a "Diablo Rojo" to get back to our hotel. Are the Devil buses safe? Probably not. Are they fun? Oh, most definitely.
El Rockero Boxing Gym
Soccer and baseball may be Panama’s national pastimes, but its true passion is boxing. And no gym has trained more champions than the Pedro “Rockero” Alcazar boxing gym. Words like “hardscrabble” and “gritty” are understatements—when we stopped by, the fighters Nicholas Walters and Manuel Largacha were using truck tires embedded in concrete as heavy bags. Rocky, eat your heart out.
San Blas Islands
Who would have guessed that paradise was just one bus stop, bumpy car ride, and canoe trip away? One sunny afternoon, we ventured outside the city to San Blas, a cluster of over 300 breathtaking islands, some no bigger than a Manhattan apartment. True, your boat might run out of gas halfway there like ours did. But you'll never find a better excuse to get a suntan . . . or a sunburn, for that matter.
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