Panama’s Cougar Movement

November 21, 2009 by:
Panama’s Cougar Movement

Panama’s Cougar Movement

To begin, let’s make sure we are all on the same page, here is definition of a “Cougar” female:

“An attractive woman in her 30′s or 40′s who is on the hunt once again. She may be found in the usual hunting grounds: nightclubs, bars, beaches, etc. She will not play the usual B.S. games that women in their early twenties participate in. End state, she will be going for the kill, just like you.”


We can trace Cougar origins back to the days when we lived in a hunter/gather society. In our more primitive days, the primary purpose of mating was to successfully reproduce in order to spread our genetic seed. For females, males that exhibited high status characteristics (Alfa males) were considered more attractive because of their perceived superior ability to provide for offspring. For males, the youth and fertility of females were an indication of the ability to provide offspring.

In that society, time would only increase a males sexual attractiveness because time allowed for him to accumulated a greater social standing in the tribe. On the other hand, time would have the opposite effect for females. Time, aka “biological clock” was a depreciating asset for female reproductivity.

Even though we live in a modern society, many of those hunter/gather human sexual thinking processes are hardwired into our brains. For example, males have the tendency to leave their older wives for younger girls. My evidence? Remember “First Wives Club“? It’s a movie entirely devoted to males leaving their wives for younger females. Need more evidence? Read this book on human sexual evolution called “Red Queen“.

However, the good news for Cougars, they’re “in” right now. They’re trendy and they are SEXY. My generation of early to late 20 year old males can’t get enough of them. I’m not sure if it’s because of the movie “American Pie” or music videos like “Stacy’s Mom“, but lately hooking up with a older woman is fashionable. Even more fashionable then hooking up with her younger daughter. In Panama, the Cougar Movement is gaining mainstream popularity among many younger males, both local and foreign.

Why young guys LOVE Cougars:

- They’ve got their shit together. They have a career and probably kids, both of which require a higher level of responsibility and accountability.

- They get straight to the point. You don’t have to play all the B.S. games like you do with girls in their early 20s. Cougars know what they want and get straight to business.

- They demand less commitment. Early on, younger girls tend to over commit in relationships. On the other hand, older women know the dating game inside and out, and will have the guys chasing them.

- They are highly experienced sexually. Years of experience definitely pays off in the bedroom.

- They’ve got plata (money). Have you heard of a sugar daddy? A sugar mama is even sweeter.

Even though cultural differences exist between Panama and the US or Europe, Cougars females still exist here for three reasons:

1. Infidelity rates are much higher here. More cheating husbands = more Cougars.

2. Latin culture typically places a high value on a female’s exterior beauty and appearance. As a result, Latina older women hold their age very well.

3. Vacationing western woman come here seeking their young, rico suave, Latino lover.

Panama City, Panama is the only place in Panama in Panama for young guys to meet Cougars. If you are looking for Cougars try one of these:

Platea; An upscale Salsa and Jazz bar in Casco Viejo. Fellas, if you are looking to meet these woman, you better bring your Salsa dance steps with you.

Decapolis; A swanky sushi/martini bar off Avienda Balboa. Although, be careful not to mistake Cougars for hookers.

Beauty Salons; Skip the barber shop on the next haircut, head to the beauty salon.

Plaza Bolivar at night; A lot of very good looking older women dining outdoors in the plaza at night in Casco Viejo.

Local Events; Events like art exhibits, pub quizzes, sushi nights, etc. always have a higher number of older, educated women. Check out’s events page.

Older woman dating younger men in Panama is still only a small slice of the dating pie. However, it’s growing. There’s a movement, and it is called “Panama’s Cougar Movement”.

Evan Terry Forbes

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Evan Terry Forbes is an Author, Entrepreneur and Hall of Fame Traveler. He writes entertaining books about how travel has changed his life. In so many beautiful ways. Currently, Evan is traveling with his retired mother for 1 year through Europe and Asia. This book will be called, Travels With My Mother - How Travel Transformed A Mother-Son Relationship. Read his books here.

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13 Comments on "Panama’s Cougar Movement"

  1. Dain on Tue, 24th Nov 2009 2:09 pm 

    This article is dope Evan. Keep up the good work.

  2. Nimo on Wed, 2nd Dec 2009 4:04 pm 

    Thanks for the article. I’m no expert on the subject, but word has it that “the BEST place to meet real cougars is Libar!!!”

  3. Diviner on Thu, 24th Dec 2009 7:47 pm 

    I don’t even know where to begin! Other than I am woman hear me ROAR!!
    You know there is a species of women who:
    a) Are not cougars
    b) Don’t want to train a child
    c) Are not hookers

    So where does this leave these amazing women?
    In a city with a bunch of men looking for a “mama”, a “hooker” or a “one night stand.” Where do normal women without children, without baggage, WITH a job find a man that does not look like Larry King, Ron Jeremy or Levi Johnson.
    I have faith that there is one somewhere wondering where we amazing women are. The last thing I need is a man that is only looking to get laid but also to be taught what to do?!
    Por Favor!!
    Is it possible that Panama has no men of substance living here full-time? And I do not mean the so called substance you have in your pants?

    Not all kitty’s are Cougars!

  4. Joshua Haarbrink on Sun, 27th Dec 2009 8:37 pm 

    “Not all kitty’s are cougars.” GREAT response! Just don’t forget the ladies that come in search of their cabana boys…ahem. Don’t let your negative experiences cloud your vision and cause you to miss out on tantalizing opportunities. Everybody has their “thing” and if the ‘hunted’ enjoys being hunted – whether it be the cougar chasing the puppy or the dog getting a bit of the kitty – then I say let them chase each other’s tails. It’s good to know that even though you’re not a cougar, you still have a bit of scratch in you.

    On the subject of cougars, we do have some real jaguars up in the hills around our site, but they’re probably even safer than dealing with some of the feisty felines here in the city.

    The practice of older women going after younger men is actually pretty common out in the rural areas as well it would seem. Bastante dramaticas!

  5. Miss Panama on Tue, 29th Dec 2009 7:31 am 

    Hey guys, I’m Panamanian and i’m living in Amsterdam for 15 years but i go every 2 or 4 years 2 Panama. Isn’t there in Panama a club for women? Or a place that you can get females and males for sex? Like a orgy party. I know in holland you have a lot of those places…there’s no place like amsterdam..i can tell you that ;)
    Anyways, hope you can help me out because i’m going soon back to mi patria :D

  6. Eichhoernchen on Sun, 7th Feb 2010 1:53 pm 

    I’ve recently been shopping with a friend of mine for his business and we went to PriceSmart on Via España/Via Brasil. I know it sounds very strange but this was a cougar hunter’s heaven, I found myself surrounded by pretty women, not only Latina’s also internationals. Go and check it out!

  7. Psss on Mon, 1st Mar 2010 12:08 am 

    hahaha… imposible decir que el tema no es interesante.. ser mujer, dueña de sus actos, con experiencia y actitud resuelta es un tema de discusion como lo querramos ver… Me encanta tener 40 años, soy felina admiradora de todo lo bueno y bonito que ofrece la vida… y decido aceptar las oportunidades que la vida me ofrece siempre y cuando no sea un problema.. que los hombres buscan sexo.. es bien sabido.. pero tambien buscan otras cosas.. igual la mujeres muchas buscan solo sexo (sexo bueno o sexo aventurero) y tambien buscan otras cosas… lo importante es que se puedan encontras las personas con los mismos intereses. Buena suerte..!

  8. Isabel on Sat, 20th Mar 2010 2:11 pm 

    I was having my cup of tea, on a Saturday afternoon, after a hard week at work, when a friend of mine emailed me your article. Curious about what an animal like a cougar has to do with sex, I went ahead and read the whole thing.

    I will start my review with one simple sentence: YOU ARE AN IDIOT.

    Overall, you show signs of admiration to older women; however, I think your article was full of crap. It is true that, we, Latin women put more effort in our appearance, especially when we get mature. Being called “old woman” or “older” is not a compliment. The whole point of taking care of our skin, body and the rest of it, is to avoid being called “old woman”. Do you get it baby?

    Another good observation you pointed out was that at our 30s and 40s we are not in the BS game, that does not mean we are not in the dating game, including the roses, the phone calls, the going out, the dining out, the details, the flowers, and the whole romantic atmosphere that comes along with that. We might wear trendy outfits, but we are old-fashioned! We are indeed not interested in foolish games like: Did he like me? Will he call me? Is he going out with anyone else? Can I have sex with him in the first date? What will he think of me? Does his friend would like me? Will my parents like him?

    Being 30s, 40s, and 50s and being single doesn’t equal to desperation, or “I will take whatever it comes, because I cannot be selective, or else I will not get any”. That is the impression I got from the article. Do you really think that since we have responsibilities, and we are accountable for our own life, we will not appreciate a gentleman gesture? Also, do you really think older women that date younger guys will be their sugar-mama? I would not say that there are several woman that are desperate for men that treat them like rubbish, and will put up with anything in order to have a guy next to them. If that is the case, then that will make you a man-whore. Also, remember that we are a couple of generations apart, and for our generation, the man will still need to have a strong role – even if he is 20! So I would never pay a dime if on a date with any guy, period.

    With age, we carry experience – every type of experience, professional (most women in our 30s and 40s have a managerial position, and we are successful in what we do), personal experience (that have taught us not to take crap from anyone), and sexual experience of course. However, potty-training is not part of my ideal date I would say… We are sick and tired of the dating game remember? And having to change the diaper of a kid is out of the question. If you wanted to say that since we might have responsibilities (mortgage, kids, loans, job, etc) we would prefer a less demanding relationship, you are right. On the other hand, if you wanted to just say that since we are busy, you wouldn’t need to call the day after a date, or bring flowers, send romantic emails, and be a man, then you are again, an IDIOT: I think you must be single, because you just don’t get women – of any age. Any woman will demand commitment, especially if they are in their 30s! We are exhausted from being treated like an inferior citizen at our jobs, having to defend our position every single day. Do you know that we get paid way less than men, even though we might work as hard, efficient or even more than them? Every day is a challenge for a working woman in her 30s, so the last thing she has on her mind is to going out with a kid that will treat her like a one-night stand, booty-call, or a hooker. We want respect, at any level and we want commitment in any type of relationship.

    It is true that most of us has been cheated on, again, that does not mean I would take disrespect from anyone, especially from a 20 year-old kid, that is just growing up.

    After re-reading your article, I think you have to rearrange your ideas because what I got was, Guys, women in their 30s and 40s are so desperate that you can have a non-exclusive relationship and she will actually agree with that. Any woman that have ever told you that, or even acted like that is, deep inside, a lying to you. I’m single, never been married, don’t have kids, and have no boyfriend. If my chances are just to get a real relationship with younger guys, are this bad, then I am doomed. You clearly pointed out that older guys will go after 20something year old women. I think I am heading to the pet store to get a puppy – a male one, I know he will at least be loyal to me.

    I might add that I am sure your hormones were the ones that typed the article, we are hot, we know that… if we ever go out with a young guy like you, and after have red your article, we would have to think that you are just a cool new toy, a roller coaster, and that we will have to discard it when we get bored with it.

    I hope you can grow, there are still a lot of thing you need to learn from life, one of them is respect for every woman you will meet in your life. Even if it a casual relationship, she will expect respect from you, a call, something! If you want to have just sex, then you have to actually tell that to us, nothing is implied! And that applies for woman of ANY age. Even if she is with you just for the sex, she will just go and find another better looking, better at sex than you, if you don’t show any signs of interest in her. Most of the times,we are single in our 30s or 40s because we are happy, highly-independent and gorgeous woman, not because we cannot get a guy. Dear, you have to give your 100% all the time, in any situation, in any relationship, that is what my life has taught me.

    My friend and I think that YOU ARE AN IDIOT.

  9. yo on Tue, 6th Apr 2010 11:10 am 

    jajajajaja isabel no te pongas haci con el el solo escribio algo q leyo d algun lugar…pero t aseguro q nunk en su vida a tenido la oportunidad de salir con una mujer madura…no te pongas seria q bonitas estas mas bonita

  10. Christoph S. on Tue, 6th Apr 2010 4:00 pm 

    Evan, you ´re great. With alot of pleasure I have noticed your sensational extraordinaey blogspot. I´am interest also in working in Panama inside the real estate industtry. COuld you give me some adivces or maybe also contacts where I can apply for a job?

  11. C.A. on Mon, 5th Jul 2010 8:01 pm 

    Being a “cougar” in Panama, especially as a foreigner, ROCKS!
    The only problem is… Just because you are young and hot, doesn’t mean you are automatically going to get sum… Impress me! We are still women after all…..

  12. No_you_shut_up on Sat, 14th Aug 2010 1:09 am 

    I read in one of your other blogs that the local women in Panama are not pretty. Is that so? How do the Panamian women compare to Argentinian or CVolumbian women?

  13. Ericka on Sun, 29th Aug 2010 6:54 pm 

    Agree 100% with you Isabel, this is plain crap.

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