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Panama canal is a popular attraction for obvious reasons. Still the only passage between seas, it is an engineering feat that serves Panama very well, generating more than 50% of its income and having a history that stems back to 1880.
Panama City, capital of Panama, manages to merge its modern and dynamic metropolis city center, a facade of contemporary skyscrapers (best viewed atop the Cerro Ancon), with the beautiful old town (Casco Viejo). Founded in 1673, built and destroyed through the mid-1700's, Casco viejo was the entire city until the early 1900's. Walking the streets gives you the impression that you've time-traveled a few hundred years in the past.
Having access to both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean sea is the prime excuse to get out there and bathe on one of the most well-kept, pristine beaches in the world. I like to find peace and solitude on any of the 200 plus pearl islands in the Gulf of Panama (where Elizabeth Taylor's famous world's largest pearl came from), or, when I'm on the other side of Panama, head out to the San Blas islands and indulge in the slow pace of island life with the Kuna Indians, who up until the 1990's used coconuts as their form of currency.
A fascinating place to see the wildlife and nature of Panama is Coiba National Park, also known as the poor man's Galapagos (a credible title), a real treat for nature enthusiasts who can experience Panama's great biodiversity. From spotting whale sharks and dolphins to ticking off over 970 species of birds, Coiba National park is an unspoiled nature love affair.
When it comes to activities Panama never runs out. If you have already fueled your engine with coffee from the coffee highlands of Boquete then I suggest a climb of Panama's highest peak, the Vocan Baru, before either setting off on a long hike, white water rafting, canyoning, diving with the diverse marine life or zip lining through the rainforest.
A sudden, short outburst of rain is no surprise in Panama, anywhere, anytime. But the best times to visit are between mid-December to mid-April.
On the Caribbean side, it is also nice during September/October.
Humidity is high all-year round because it located in the tropics and therefore one minute it can be raining hard and the next oppressively hot.
Panama is the most diverse country in the world and with its rich and exciting history on top, you can be certain to have a cultural time on your Panama tours.
The figures of Panama really manifest the diversity and add such an alluring attribute to Panama's tourism. With 7 indigenous tribes, 2000 different islands, over 970 species of birds, along with having 1/3 of the world's gold passing through, there is always so much going on yet everyone is so relaxed and happy.
I love the food in Panama, you can get pretty much anything. We have a lot of different influences when it comes to food, from African to Spanish to indigenous Latin American. Obviously, there is a lot of delicious seafood on the coasts and then the traditional rice and chicken dishes.
All of the arrangements Ana made for us worked out perfectly and made for a very fun stress free trip. The hotels she booked were lovely and in good locations. All the details of our arrival were correct, such as time, breakfast etc. All of the transport; shuttles to and from the airport and from one city to another also were on time and worked out flawlessly. Ana was friendly, personable, professional and a pleasure to work with.Read More Read More Less