Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

January 9th, 2006
Harpy New Year!


Thinly sliced between the Atlantic and Pacific, Panama is the deli meat that holds the two bready continents of North and South America together. I indulged myself in its geographic, ecological, biological and canal-magical marvels until I was ready for a quick jaunt to nearby Cartagena, Colombia, where I met and fell in love with Pepe the Sloth.

What a harpy new years trip it was! The harpy eagle is Panama’s national bird, a fierce predator on the edge of extinction. These powerful birds snag sloths like Pepe and monkeys from treetops in their humungous bear-sized claws. Don’t worry, Pepe, I’ll save you!

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