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Panama

Panama, formally known as the Republic of Panama (Spanish: Repblica de Panamá), is a nation in North America or Central America. It is bounded on the west by Costa Rica, on the southeast by Colombia (in South America), on the north by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south by the Pacific Ocean. Panama City is the capital and biggest city, with a metropolitan region that is home to almost half of the country’s 3.9 million residents.

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama was inhabited by numerous indigenous tribes. Panama seceded from Spain in 1821 and formed the Republic of Gran Colombia with Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela. When Gran Colombia was dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada stayed together to become the Republic of Colombia. Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 with the support of the United States, enabling the US Army Corps of Engineers to construct the Panama Canal between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was reached that would see the Canal completely transferred from the United States to Panama by the end of the twentieth century, which occurred on 31 December 1999.

Canal toll revenue continues to account for a sizable part of Panama’s GDP, despite the fact that trade, finance, and tourism are all important and expanding industries. Panama was rated 60th in the world on the Human Development Index in 2015. Panama has ranked second in Latin America’s competitiveness rankings since 2010, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. Panama’s jungles, which cover about 40% of the country’s geographical area, are home to a variety of tropical flora and animals, some of which are found nowhere else on the globe.

Panama | Introduction

Panama, officially called the Republic of Panama (Spanish: República de Panamá), is a country generally considered to be located entirely in North or Central America. It borders Costa Rica to the west, Colombia (in South America) to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean...

How To Travel To Panama

By air International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (IATA: PTY), located about 30 kilometres east of Panama City (from all countries) or at David Airport (from Costa Rica with AirPanama). PTY Panama City is well connected to the Americas and offers non-stop flights to almost 20 countries in the...

How To Travel Around Panama

By bus There are two types of buses in Panama: those on the highway and the "city buses" (metro buses) that have replaced the Diablos Rojos (Red Devils). The highway buses run constantly between the terminals in Panama City and various destinations along the Pan American Highway and then return to...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Panama

Countries whose citizens have a passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry do not require a visa for entry to Panama: (among others) Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Uruguay....

Destinations in Panama

Regions in Panama Central PanamaPanama City and the provinces of Colon and Cocle. Western CaribbeanThe province of Bocas del Toro and the province of Ngöbe-Buglé as well as the northern part of the province of Veruguas. Western PacificMost of Panama's main attractions are located in the province of Chiriqui, as well as...

Accommodation & Hotels in Panama

Panama's hotels are as diverse as its geography. Panama City has as much glamour and glitz as New York, without the high prices. You can find 5-star hotels in the heart of the city or venture into the smaller neighbourhoods where former canal barracks have been converted into guesthouses....

Food & Drinks in Panama

Food in Panama In the big cities you will find all kinds of food, from French haute cuisine to the freshest sushi. There are Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Mexican restaurants... whatever you feel like. Outside the cities, the choice is largely Panamanian, with seafood and beef in abundance, thanks to the...

Money & Shopping in Panama

Panama is home to the largest free trade zone in the hemisphere, the Colon Free Trade Zone. There are also a number of large American-style shopping malls, such as Multicentro, Albrook Mall, Multiplaza Pacific and the newest Metromall. However, prices vary considerably from mall to mall - Albrook is...

Festivals & Holidays in Panama

1 January, New Year's Day 9 January, Martyrs' Day (Panama) Shrove Monday. The Monday before Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday. The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Good Friday - Death of Christ 1 May, from 1 May to Labour Day 1 July. (every 5 years) Inauguration of the President 3...

Language & Phrasebook in Panama

When you cross the border between Costa Rica and Panama, you will notice a distinct change in dialect. True to its Caribbean orientation, Panamanian Spanish is much closer to Puerto Rican than to Tico or Nicaraguan. For students with Mexican or European Spanish, this may take some getting used...

Internet & Communications in Panama

The most popular app for calling and texting in Panama is WhatsApp. Viber is also used. With these apps you can call and text for free with people who use the same app. This is the case for many Panamanians. Panama has one of the most advanced telecommunications systems in...

Traditions & Customs in Panama

How to dress The Panamanians seem to care about their appearance. Don't try to dress up to fit in, just be yourself. That means you don't have to wear a suit everywhere either. Just dress conservatively and smartly. For men, clean jeans and a shirt with a pressed collar are sufficient...

Culture Of Panama

Panama's culture is derived from European music, art and traditions brought to Panama by the Spanish. The hegemonic forces created hybrid forms by mixing African and Amerindian culture with European culture. The tamborito, for example, is a Spanish dance that was mixed with African rhythms, themes and dance movements. Dance...

History Of Panama

Panama was mainly colonised by the Spanish. Scotland, which was an independent country at the time, made a short-lived attempt at colonisation in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The failure was so spectacular that it led to the bankruptcy of the Scottish treasury and subsequently to the...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Panama

Stay Safe in Panama Most of Panama is very safe. People in the rural areas are generally extremely friendly and helpful. If you want to visit Latin America but are paranoid about safety, Panama might be a good place to cut your teeth. One exception is the border region between...

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