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Hi, all. We're heading to Panama for a couple weeks.

Any footwear tips for Boquete and Bocas del Toro?

In Bocas, I expect we'll do at least a couple jungle trail hikes, and of course visit some beaches. In Boquete, we plan to do at least a one day or half day hike.

Having a hard time deciding whether or not to lug my hiking boots. Also, I don't own sport sandals --- are these advisable?

Right now I'm leaning towards:

- "hipster" black running shoes for bars and restaurants (and Panama City);

- old beat up running shoes for hiking and boat trips,

- water shoes (light and compressable); and

- light flip flops (which I can only wear for short periods of time without getting blisters).

I know this probably seems like a dumb thing to ask about, but we are trying to travel as light as possible and I just don't know what'll be needed given the locales and the activities we'll be doing. I love my hiking boots but they take up a lot of space and weight So if I'm not really going to need them it seems silly to bring them.

Any guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Olympia, Washington
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1. Re: Footwear

You will need your hiking boots. You don't say when you are coming. There will be more rain during certain times of the year so that will determine what you should bring.

In Boquete a good hiking boot or good hiking sneaker will work. For hiking the mountains or even doing a cocao tour you should have boots. Leave the flip flops home. Wear the hiking boots on the plane to save room in the suitcase and in the weight. If you can get a sports sandal and are comfortable in those get them. But the boot will serve you well.

I say this because depending on the time of year you come there will be mud everywhere when you are hiking so a boot will definately be more practical.

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Thanks so much, Florence --- that is very helpful. We're coming in a few weeks --- does your advice still hold?

Olympia, Washington
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3. Re: Footwear

I would say yes. I've been in some of the areas you are talking about and have worn things other than my boots and come home with mud everywhere. It's such a crap shoot unfortunately.

If you wear the sports sandals on the beach and the boots when hiking you should be okay for your trip.

I'm always comfort over fashion when I travel.

Have fun!

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I would suggest a pair of "keens" They are a hiking/slash water shoe, available at any sporting store. Best investment we have made. Great treads for trails and double as the water shoe. Comfortable and saves quite a bite when it comes to packing.

Enjoy your trip

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5. Re: Footwear

Thanks, Florence and NNO. NNO, I'll check out MEC for the Keens. Problem is I have a widish foot and so I have a devil of a time finding anything that fits. If I recall correctly from past shopping efforts, Keens fit on the narrow side -- but I'll definitely see if it works this time. Thanks!

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