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You have decided to visit Panama, the country that fantasizes all the browsers on the planet, and test your Spanish level? Welcome to Panama!
In addition to some basic language skills, you will need some Informed advice from travelers in the community.

Visit Panama Tour will guide you in this small country to world renown.

A narrow, snake-shaped stretch of land that divides oceans and continents, Panama has long been one of the world’s greatest crossroads – far before the construction of its famous canal.

Panama is one of the world’s most visitor-friendly countries. It received the highest ratings for tourist safety. Panama is the best place for nature travel and ecotourism today.

  • Exotic tropical rainforests,
  • Stunning mountain refuges,
  • A Caribbean and Pacific coast with 1500 islands,
  • Seven living indigenous cultures,
  • A Miami-style sophisticated capital city  and a vibrant nightlife,
  • Spanish colonial historical sites,
  • World class golfing,
  • Diving, sport fishing, and surfing,
  • Not to mention that 8th wonder of the world the Panama Canal.

It’s hard to think of any other destination that has such a variety of attractions close by and so easy to get to.

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Squeezed between 7 and 9 degrees north of the equator, Panama is located firmly within the tropics, with a climate to match: relentlessly hot and humid in the lowlands, cooling off fractionally to give balmy nights, whereas in the highlands, temperatures vary significantly with altitude, and can be chilly at night.

Most travelers see the shorter dry season (verano, “summer”), which runs from late December to the end of April, as the best time to visit Panama.

The dry season also includes the lively holiday periods of Christmas, New Year, Carnaval and Holy Week, when flights and hotels in popular tourist spots are at a premium.

You’ll avoid the crowds and the mark-ups in the rainy season (invierno, “winter”), which stretches from May to December. Although the mountainous and rainforest regions in Panama are best avoided during the wettest months, since peaks are constantly swathed in cloud and tracks are boggy, if you stick to the lowland areas on the Pacific coast, the downpours, while frequent and intense, rarely last more than a few hours at a time, leaving plenty of sunny, dry periods to enjoy. In particular, the otherwise parched Azuero Peninsula offers much more picturesque scenery during its understated rainy season.

Picturesque scenery during its understated rainy season. The Caribbean coast receives almost twice as much rain as the Pacific, with virtually no recognizable dry season.

  • A camera to make beautiful images.
  • A credit card for not having too much money on oneself.
  • A Spanish translation dictionary to communicate with the population.
  • A photocopy of your passport in case of loss of it.
  • A treatment against a tourist that could spoil your stay.
  • A sunscreen for safe tanning.
  • A mosquito repellent and soothing cream.
  • Hiking shoes for your walks.
  • A swimsuit and a pair of flip flops to go to the beach.
  • Long clothes to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Light clothing to withstand high temperatures.
  • Your national driver’s license to get behind the wheel on the spot.
  • Amador Causeway
    Sometime’s called Panama’s Playground, the Amador Causeway, or La Calzada De Amador in Spanish, is a long stretch of road that leads people to Frank Gehry’s Biodiversity Museum, or the Biomuseo, and that connects the Causeway Islands. The Causeway Islands, or Islas Calzada de Amador, are 4 tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean near the entrance to the Panama Canal. They are linked to the mainland via the Amador Causeway, a 6 km one lane road, which was constructed from rock from the Culebra Cut, extracted during the construction of the Panama Canal. Alongside the road is a bicycle and jogging route for bikers and joggers.
    The purpose of this filling was to stop the currents from the Bay of Panama and avoid sedimentation at the entrance of the Canal.
  • Ancon Hill
    Get some exercise and treat yourself to an astounding bird-eye’s view of historic Casco Viejo, modern Panama City and the workings of the Panama Canal by climbing to the top of this hill in the former American
  • Canal Zone
    To top it off, the path winds through rainforest so you are sure to see some nature as well. Ancon hill is home of 15 species of mammals and 39 species of birds—sloths, monkeys and exotic birds are a common sight.
  • Arco Chato
    Built in 1678, Arco Chato (The Flat Arch) played a deciding factor in Panama’s history and the construction of the Panama Canal. Spanning some 50 ft, Arco Chato was an architectural marvel for the fact that it resisted earthquakes and storms with no support other than its terminal arches.
    Logic reasoned that if this brick arch could withstand nearly 200 years with no visible means of support, then there was no real threat to constructing a lock-style canal.
  • Bocas del Toro
    Exotic Bocas del Toro on Panama’s Caribbean coast is one of Central America’s top island destinations. Where else can you relax on white sand beaches with aqua blue waters and then hike in rainforests so dense they’re called ” A biologist’s fantasy”? With six major islands, Bocas is ideal for nature experiences, romantic getaways and family adventure.
  • Boquete
    Panama’s premier mountain destination, Boquete is surrounded by panoramic views of the Baru Volcano, towering 11,400 feet above. Price winning coffee and lush flora fauna grow everywhere in the volcanic soil.
  • Bridge of the Americas
    5,425 feet long, and at high tide, the clearance is 201 feet, under which ships crossing the canal must pass. The Bridge of the Americas was originally called the Thatcher Ferry Bridge, named after the ferry that used to operate on the canal before the span was built. Panama aptly renamed the bridge, since it not only connects the capital with the rest of Panama, but also unites Central and South America. It was inaugurated on Oct. 12, 1962
  • Casco Viejo
    Latin America’s most beautiful Spanish Colonial City, Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage site with a non-stop ambience. Enjoy history, culture, non-stop nightlife, fine restaurants and ocean views.
  • The Pearl Islands
    Conquered by the Spanish in 1513, the 227 isles, famed for their postcard-perfect white beaches and clear aquamarine waters. Enjoy turquoise waters, stunning white sand beaches and rainforests. Its name pays homage to the thousands of pearls found here by 16th century Spaniards, including the legendary Peregrina pearl owned by Elizabeth Taylor. More recently, CBS ‘s Survivor filmed three series here.
  • El Nispero Zoo
    Set in a colorful garden, this zoo has the tropical animals and birds native to the region that you won’t see in American or European zoos. Privately owned by a foundation
  • El Valle de Antón
    A picturesque mountain town nestled in the second largest volcano crater in the world, El Valle is a one-of-a-kind destination. A volcano blew it’s top off five million years ago creating this enormous crater.
    With a near perfect year round spring climate, activities include a canopy zip line, ecotourism, hikes, biking and a small zoo. It is also the only home of Panama’s unique and endangered “Golden Frog” species.
  • Embera Village
    Home to seven indigenous tribes, and the Embera is one of its most well known native groups.
  • Gatun Lake
    Between the locks is the artificial Gatún Lake (Lago Gatún), created by the Gatún Dam across the Chagres River (Rio Chagres)
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
    Is one of the largest churches in Central America. It dates to 1688 to 1796,
  • Monkey Island
    An island that has been “taken over” by four species of monkey: capuchin (white face), howler, Geoffroy’s tamarin, and grey-bellied nocturnal monkeys
    Accessible by boat via the port of Gamboa,
  • Museum BioMuseo Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $22 for adult nonresidents, $11 for nonresident children under 18, $12 for adult residents and $6 for  resident children under 18.
  • Museum Panama Interoceanic Canal
    The building where the museum is located was built in 1875 to be originally used as a hotel facility equipped with a monumental structure in the French style. It occupies an area of 1 239 square meters and a total building area of over 4 000 square meters.
    This museum, one of the best well-attended on the Isthmus due to the subject it brings up, tries to represent this unparalleled engineering achievement through state-of-the-art methods. It was a daring and excellent work that was made possible thanks to an international force under the leadership of US visionary men giving rise to a century-old dream of connecting the two great oceans.
  • Panama city
    A delightful combination of the historic, modern, international and Latino.
    Manhattan-like skyline often remark that they had no idea there was such a modern city in Central America.
  • Panama Canal
    Controversial. Revolutionary. Amazing. The Panama Canal has been called “The Eighth Wonder of the World”… and with good reason! It took 250,000 people from all corners of the globe more than 10 years to build, and it stands as a monument to mankind’s ingenuity and power of conviction.
    Three sets of double locks: the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks on the Pacific side, plus the Gatún locks on the Atlantic side
  • The Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, a museum that tells the story of this incredible engineering feat through exhibits. The center’s restaurant, theater, and terraced decks also provide comfortable vantage points for watching ships pass through. It’s also possible to visit the Gatún locks (about an hour from Panama City) to learn about the Panama Canal expansion.
    The first ships sailed through the Panama Canal in 1914, shaving nearly 9,000 miles off what was otherwise a very long sailing trip around South America. The engineering marvel transformed global trade, and today, 100 years after it was first installed, the canal has once again been expanded with new locks and widened existing ones, modernizing Panama Canal transit by allowing larger ships to pass from Panama City on the Pacific Ocean side to Colon on the Atlantic Ocean side.
  • Panama Viejo Ruins
    The Ruins of Old Panama City: Founded in 1519, Panama City is the first city founded on the West coast of the Americas. All the loot stolen from Peru went through here making it the target of English pirate Henry Morgan who destroyed it in 1671.
  • Parque Natural Metropolitano
    Panama City has the only Rainforest in the world within the city limits of a metropolis. The park is just a 20 minute drive from anywhere in the city.. The hike to the summit is an easy 45 minutes walk.. Enjoy panoramic rainforest and city views.
  • Pedassi
    A former fishing hamlet, this picturesque seaside town has a countryside feel, with Spanish influences and friendly folk.
    Activities include a boat trip to Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge for fantastic snorkeling, sunbathing on white sand beaches, world-class sports fishing and whale watching in season.
  • Piedra Pintada
    Mysterious Petroglyphs of Anton Valley
    the giant Painted Rock located in a far corner of Panama’s Anton Valley, or El Valle de Anton.
  • Plaza de Francia
    Home to a large obelisk in honor of the ill-fated Frenchmen who, under Ferdinand De Lesseps, started the arduous task of building a sea level Canal in 1880. Surrounding the obelisk is an arcade of marble plaques ornately carved with the story of the valiant French effort.
    In addition to the French memorials, Plaza Francia is also the current location of the French Embassy.
  • Portobelo
    A scenic bay with five different 17th century Spanish forts and a treasure house. All the gold and treasure sacked from the Inca Empire passed through here, which attracted pirates from all over. This bay was the scene of numerous pirate attacks by the likes of
    Henry Morgan and Sir Francis Drake.
  • Presidential Palace (Palacio de las Garzas)
    Constructed in the old Customs Building, the structure was restored in 1922. Herons live inside the lobby of the entrance and contribute to its name, Palace of the Herons.
  • San Blas Islands
    “Right out of the pages of National Geographic” is the best way to describe a Guna-Yala vacation. The two unbeatable attractions are 365 Caribbean islands of stunning tropical beauty and the opportunity to experience the indigenous Guna, an ancient people
    largely unspoiled by modern life.
  • San Jose Church
    the famous golden altar of the Church of San Jose in Casco Viejo. The Inglesia de San Jose (the Church of San Jose) is a small almost nondescript building on a narrow street in the San Felipe district of Panama City. Inside is the famous Golden Altar, which
    is made of carved wood and is covered in gold flake. Commonly known in Spanish as the “Altar de Oro” (Golden Altar), it was originally in a church in “Old Panama.” When English pirate Henry Morgan attacked the city the jesuits painted the altar black to hide the gold. The pirates left it alone, thinking it was worthless. After Morgan sacked and burned “Old Panama” the Jesuit monks of the Order of St. Augustine moved the altar to the new church and its present location.
  • Soberania National Park, tropical forest just 20 minutes outside of Panama City
    With 55,000 acres of forest to explore.
    The long Las Cruces Trail (Camino de Cruces) crosses the park from east to west, uniting the Atlantic and Pacific, and was used by the Spaniards to transport merchandise and treasure from South America. The original cobblestone that was laid 600 years ago can still be seen here.
    open daily from 8am to 4pm, and admission costs $5 for foreigners. The area also has eco-lodges, and although camping is allowed, here are no established sites.
    The Rainforest Discovery Center has an observation tower for visitors to look out from
  • Taboga Island
    Taboga is a very nice day trip from Panama City, especially during the week when it’s more quiet. To get there, you take a ferry which is an excursion by itself -enjoy ocean breezes, views of Panama City’s skyline and ship activity at the entrance to the Panama.

The following lists a few highlights on Panama’s festivals calendar. There are even more festivals on the Azuero Peninsula.

January
Feria de las Flores y del Café in Boquete (date varies).

February
Comarca de Guna Yala (Feb 25) celebrates the Guna Revolution of 1925, their independence day;

Carnaval (Feb/March) celebrated all over the country, but especially in Las Tablas and Panama City, with an aquatic version in Penonomé;

Festival de los Diablos y Congos, biennially in Portobelo (2015, 2017, date varies).

March/April
Semana Santa.
Celebrated everywhere, but most colourfully in La Villa de Los Santos, Pesé and Guararé, on the Azuero Peninsula.

April
Feria de las Orquideas in Boquete (date varies);

Feria International del Azuero in La Villa de Los Santos (date varies).

Corpus Christi (date varies) in La Villa de Los Santos.

July
Nuestra Señora del Carmen (July 16) on Isla Taboga;  Patronales de La Santa Librada

Festival de la Pollera in Las Tablas (July 20–22).

August
Festival del Manito Ocueño (date varies) in Ocú.

October
Festival of Nogagope (Oct 10–12) on Isla Tigre,

Comarca de Guna Yala;

Feria Guna (mid-Oct) on Isla Tigre;

Festival de la Mejorana (five days mid-Oct) in Guararé;

Fiesta de Cristo Negro (Oct 21) in Portobelo.

November
The “First Cry of Independence”, (Nov 10) Independence Day, celebrated as part of “El Mes de la Patria”. Cities and towns across the nation put on parades featuring school drumming troupes and majorettes, which the whole population comes out to watch.

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