Enjoy the most beautiful tropical rainforest and some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world when you decide to visit Panama. There are seven Indian tribes living in this country and in most of the country the Spanish heritage is well-preserved. The best time to visit is during the dry season, which is from December to May. During most of the rest of the year, there is high humidity and extremely hot temperatures. With the hundreds of islands off the coast, you can enjoy swimming, diving, snorkelling or just taking in the sights. Surfers flock to Santa Catalina Beach and deep-sea fishing records have been set in Pinas Bay.


Attractions

Visit the remote island of Isla Grande where there are only 300 people living off the land and the sea. The Parque Nacional Bastimentos is the best place to see nesting green turtles and also offers a wealth of water sports and other activities.

Panama City

Visit the old San Felipe district of Panama City to see the remnants of the Spanish grandeur and the impressive architecture. Even though many of the buildings here are falling into disrepair, you can still visit such tourist attractions as the Metropolitan Church, which dates back to the 17th century and the History Museum of Panama, with its interesting exhibits detailing the history of the country. See the sea wall that was built by the Spaniards more than 400 years ago. You cal also visit the Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo to see some of the plant and wildlife that is native to Panama. Of course, you have to visit the Parque Nacional SobreranĂ­a, which is the tropical rainforest.

Panama Canal

Watch a huge ship navigate its way through this impressive waterway, which sees more than 12,000 vessels each year. A platform at the Mirflores Locks give you a wonderful view of the canal and the sight of the rainforest on each side is something you won?t soon forget.

Travel to Panama

It is not difficult to fly to Panama with the many international flight arriving from cities all over North America, Europe and Central and South America. There are three border crossings, but the most popular route for land travel to Panama is along the Interamerican Highway. If you are really adventurous, you can take a two-week trek through the jungle.

Travel Within Panama

Although boats are the main means of transportation in Panama, there are domestic airlines to the larger centers and buses that travel to all parts of the country.

Attractions

Visit the remote island of Isla Grande where there are only 300 people living off the land and the sea. The Parque Nacional Bastimentos is the best place to see nesting green turtles and also offers a wealth of water sports and other activities.

Language

Spanish and English are the main languages spoken in this country.

Visa

You do need to have a tourist Visa and a valid passport to enter Panama.

Safety

If you are planning to travel to Darien, you need a yellow fever vaccination and bring the certificate with you. Although bottled water is widely available, the water is generally safe to drink. There are no real risks to tourists travelling in this country, but you do have to use common sense.

Food and Drink

The native cooking in Panama is hot and spicy. Some of the typical traditional dishes include ceviche, which is fin marinated in lime juice, onions and peppers, fried plantains, and seasoned pie wrapped in banana leaves.

Shopping

The avid shopper will really enjoy the duty free shopping of Panama. Here you can buy luxury goods from all over the world at about 1/3 of the price you would pay at home. Among the genuine articles from Panama that tourists shop for are the native costumes, the beaded necklaces of the Guaymi Indians and the wood carvings.

Entertainment

Entertainment of all kinds exists in Panama, especially Panama City. There are bars and nightclubs, casinos and theatres.

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