What can I do to minimize my impact?
There are several things you can do to minimize your impact on the environment while traveling in Panama. First of all, think about what you eat. Lobster is being overharvested (especially in Guna Yala) and in some places is in danger of extinction. Beef is also an environmentally questionable choice in Panama, given that cattle ranching has led to widespread deforestation in some parts of the country. Secondly, don’t purchase some types of souvenirs, especially those that come from animals. These include jaguar teeth, turtle eggs, and jewelry made from coral. Supporting Panama’s national parks and reserve system is important, as is staying at hotels that have sustainable practices. Small steps, such as reusing your water bottle or taking short showers, also go a long way.