Book cover: Moon Handbooks Panama by William Friar

New Edition Out

The third edition of Moon Handbooks: Panama is now out.

Based on months of new research and travel throughout Panama, the guidebook has been thoroughly updated for 2011-2013.

Moon Handbooks: Panama is widely available in North American bookstores, or can be ordered online at Amazon.


See what others are saying about the books:


"Leafing through this guide is pure armchair travel pleasure. William Friar is one of the increasingly rare guidebook writers who does a lot more than list facts about a place. He mentions the rough condition of the El Llano-Cartí Road, for example, as both a warning on road conditions and a review of the battle against deforestation and cattle ranchers in the area. His is the sort of writing that can actually sway you to visit an area to which you had no intention of going.
Lee Azus, owner, Get Lost Travel Books, San Francisco

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About Bill

William Friar grew up near the banks of the Panama Canal. Though an American citizen, Bill has lived much of his life overseas. Besides Panama, he has called Denmark, India, and the United Kingdom home, and he spends as much time as possible traveling around the world. He has written three Panama-related books. more...

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