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Panama a small country with equal charm of Costa Rica. High Mountain Vistas cascading down to pristine white sandy beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean oceans.

You will find enchanting high mountain towns like Boquete, as well as dolphin havens in Bocas del Toro  and surfing destinations in the Caribbean.

Many of the locals are multilingual having earned their degrees in American based schools during the USA's Panama Canal era.

Panama appears to be the lost country since the USA relinquished ownership and control of the Panama canal. This makes it a perfect place to visit and or own property. Panama's excellent strategic location, pension programs, tax exemptions coupled with it's low cost of living, tropical and highland climates and investment incentives have contributed to the ongoing real estate boom that has been affecting Panama City and the rest of the country.

Besides Panama's  real estate boom, tourism is fast becoming one of Panama's rising economic activities. Small and amazingly diverse, you can  visit not only two different oceans in one day, but be able to combine in less than a week a diversified natural experience of white sand beaches, cloud or rain forest, mountains and/or valleys.

Panama is home to a wide range of cultural experiences; seven Indian tribes, like the   Embera Tribe of  Paraga Puru, Afroantillian and Spanish Colonial culture, several historic monuments and a 300 year old World Heritage Site called Casco Antiguo; also known as Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, San Felipe or Catedral.

In recent years the northwestern and northeastern regions of Panama have drawn increasing amounts of tourism because of their beaches, temperate and tropical rainforests, all within easy reach of popular Costa Rica. Popular tourist destinations are Bocas Del Toro, Boquete, San Blas and the other surfing areas of the west coast. read more

Map of Panama  View Panama Province Map

Panama Map and Area Locations

Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, with the Capital being Panama City, with the older portion of the city, Casco Antiguo being a popular tourist destination is the southernmost country of Central America. Located on an isthmus connecting North and South America, it is sometimes  categorized as a transcontinental nation and home to the Panama Canal, that links the North Atlantic Ocean via the Caribbean Sea with the North Pacific Ocean. The currency most widely used is the US dollar.
 
It is bordered by Costa Rica to the northwest, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The  size of Panama  is approximately 75,000 km.

Panama is home to an international business center and  is the fastest growing economy and the largest per capita consumer in Central America.

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Panama Virtual Tours List
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Panama Canal
The Bridge of Americas view a virtual tour of the Panama Canal.

 

Panama City
Night Street Scene in Panama City

 

Casco Antiguo in Panama City
Plaza Bolivar Church & Ruben Blades House

 

Colon/Portobello/Isla Grande
Portobello Sunset

 

Bocas del Toro
Bird Island on Bocas del Toro

 

 Boquete
Boquete Highland Waterfall

 

Cerro Punta

 

Embera Tribe of  Paraga Puru
The Embera Tribe Women & Children

 
 
El Valle
El Valle Water Falls

 
San Blas Islands
Toboga Island... coming soon
 

 

Geography
The central spine of mountains and hills that forms the continental divide, is the dominant feature of the country's landform. The spine that forms the divide is the highly eroded arch of an uplift from the sea bottom, in which peaks were formed by volcanic intrusions.

The crater rim around Santa Fé (Veraguas Province)The mountain range of the divide is called the Cordillera de Talamanca near the Costa Rican border. Farther east it becomes the Serranía de Tabasará, and the portion of it closer to the lower saddle of the isthmus, where the canal is located, is often called the Sierra de Veraguas. As a whole, the range between Costa Rica and the canal is generally referred to by geographers as the Cordillera Central.

The highest point in the country is the Volcán Barú (formerly known as the Volcán de Chiriquí), which rises to 3,475 meters (11,401 ft). A nearly impenetrable jungle forms the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia. It creates a break in the Pan-American Highway, which otherwise forms a complete road from Alaska to Patagonia.

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Panama Provinces Map Locator  View Panama Map

Panama is divided into nine provinces, with their respective local authorities (governors) and has a total of ten cities. Also, there are four Comarcas (literally: "Shires") which house a variety of indigenous groups.


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National Parks Information

Bastimentos Island National Park
The Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, occupying approximately 13,000 hectares of land and sea is located in the Bocas del Toro archipelago.

The Marine Park comprises the central sector of the Bastimentos Island, both Zapatillas Keys and the waters surrounding them, and the mangroves zone at the south of Bastimentos island.

There are numerous beaches that provide ample space for boat landings, yet most of the them can not be accessed due to rough seas and/or rocky shoreline; between the months of August-Ocober the water conditions tend to be the calmest, and at times you can access this portion of the island

Darién National Park
Darién National Park, about 325 kilometers from Panama City,  is a world heritage site in Panama. Darién is one of the most important world heritage sites in Central America.

It was categorized in 1981 as a worldwide patrimony and in 1983 as a biosphere reserve. Its most common species include macaw, parrot, and tapirs. The harpy eagle, the National bird, also calls this national park home. It is noted for its incredible genetic value. The sheer beauty of the landscape and forest generally captivate visitors. To travel to Darién, you usually fly into El Real, the closest town to the park.

La Amistad International Park
The La Amistad International Park, formerly the La Amistad National Park, is an international peace park in Latin America, management of which is shared between Costa Rica (Caribbean La Amistad and Pacific La Amistad Conservation Areas) and Panama, following a recommendation by UNESCO after the park's inclusion in the World Heritage Site list.

The park area is equally split between Costa Rica and Panama, as part of the former La Amistad Reserves of the Talamanca mountain range. It is highly inaccessible and partially unexplored, however in Panama access is easier.

Parque Nacional Volcán Barú
This National Park, located in the Province of Chiriquí, (Panama's bread basket),consists of 14, 300-hectares and is home to Panama's only volcano, named, Volcán Barú.  The no longer active volcano has 7 craters. Its summit, at 3478m, is the highest point in Panama, and on a clear day you can see views of  both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

The national park hosts one of the most scenic treks in the country, the Sendero Los Quetzales, being one of the best places in Central America to spot the rare quetzal, especially during the dry season (November to April). The park is home to over 250 bird species as well as pumas, tapirs and the conejo pintado, a spotted raccoon-like animal.
 

Soberanía National Park
Soberanía National Park, near the banks of the Panama Canal in the provinces of Panamá and Colón, some 25 km from Panama City. The Chagres River runs through the park and it covers 55,000 acres

Established as a national park in 1980, . The park is popular with birdwatchers due to the abundance of bird species in the park, including motmots, toucans, trogons, flycatchers, antbirds, woodpeckers, tanagers and hawks. Among the rarer bird species in the park are yellow-eared toucanets, crimson-bellied woodpeckers, sirystes and rarely seen harpy eagles. Mammals in the park include white-faced capuchin monkeys, mantled howler monkeys, Geoffroy's tamarins, two-toed sloths, three-toed sloths, anteaters, coatis and agoutis. Green iguanas are also found in the park. The trailhead leading to the summit of Volcán Barú is best accessed from the town of Boquete. The Sendero Los Quetzales is best from Cerro Punta.


Traveling in Panama
Traveling in Panama is far easier than travel in Costa Rica. The infrastructure and the roads in general are far more well maintained. There is adequate bus transportation within the cities and from area to area. Small local airlines fly to many desired locations, like Bocas del Toro, San Blas and David, the closest city to the border of Costa Rica, from Panama City, as well as David, (approximately a 6 hour drive by car from Panama City)

Weather and Climate in Panama
The temperatures range from 32 °C (90 °F) during the daytime to 21 °C (70 °F) in the evening practically year-round. Humidity is always high at about 80 percent.

Rain Season: October and November
Best time to visit: mid-December and late March.

By Regions
In mountain areas the average annual temperature ranges from 10ºC to 19ºC (50-66ºF) at various mountain elevations.

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