Interesting Facts about Panama

May 26, 2015 | 0

Panama is a Latin American country connecting North and South America. The country got independence in 1903 from Columbia, after which the U.S. had built the famous Panana canal there that joins Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Panama was quite notorious for drug trafficking, and therefore, in 1989, the U.S military toppled the then Gen. Manuel Noriega. The country again witnessed a remarkable change in 1999 when Panama’s first woman president, Mireya Moscoso was elected.

Panama has a rich agricultural land with major export products are coffee, bananas, shrimp, lobster, tobacco and beef. Other indigenous industries in the country are chemical, food processing, machinery, textile and metal products.

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Best Time to Visit Panama

Panama is a tropical country where most of the year the climate remains humid. The rainfall is quite contrasting between the Pacific and Caribbean sides of the country. The best time to visit the country is from mid-December to mid-April when the weather is dry. Some hotels and resorts are already booked in advance in this season. To avoid crowd, you can go during “shoulder” months in September or October and February or March.

The Panamanians take public holidays very seriously. The city turns into ghost town and everything starting from banks to offices, and from stores to restaurants are closed. Official holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday are usually observed on Monday, to give a long weekend. Public holidays also affect transportation services, so keep this thing mind that you never reach your destination during those holidays.

Best places to visit in Panama

Playa Las Lajas

This beach is one of the most serene beaches in Panama with 13 km stretch along the Gulf of Chiriqui on the Pacific Coast. The water is perfect for swimming and bodysurfing. The beach is still not very popular among tourists but you can find lots of rustic shacks and restaurants.

Isla Taboga

It is again a sandy beach 20 km from Panama City with lots of water sports options like Jet Ski’s, speed boats, fishing etc. This small ancient island has some small restaurants and great views of Panama City from the top of the Island.

Pearl Islands

Pearl Islands got famous after the reality television show ‘Survivor. The islands are full of lush green forests surrounded by beaches.

Sendero Los Quetzales

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It is a wonderful trail starts from east of Cerro Punto and takes between four and seven hours. The trail covers cloud forest of ParqueNacionalVolcanBaru and concludes in the mountains above Boquete.

Santa Catalina

The place is surfing enthusiasts paradise surrounded by beautiful forests. It is located on the Chiriqui Gulf so the weather is also pleasant most of the year.

Things to do in Panama

  • Visit ParqueNacionalSoberania national park, a lush green tropical rain-forest, which displays some stunning wildlife. There are around 105 species of mamals, 525 species of bird, 55 species of amphibian, 36 species of fresh water fish and 79 species of reptile are found in the forest.
  • Casco Viejo is declared as UNESCO World Heritage site because of its beautiful architecture, ancient ruins, crumbling buildings and amazing erstwhile charm.
  • Cruising through Panama Canal is another exciting thing that you should not be missed. The cruise lets you to take both old and modern areas of Panama City along the Amador Causeway. It will take an hour or so to explore the Canal until you reach Miraflores Locks.
  • Just one hour flight from Panama City and you will reach Bocas Del Toro, an island chain situated at northern Caribbean coast. The islands are surrounded by thick forest, adorned by white sand beaches. You can find some nice restaurants and shacks.

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Interesting Trivia about Panama

  • In Panama only you can watch sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
  • Panama is a bird watchers and anglers paradise. It is a home to more birds than the U.S and Canada combined.
  • Panama has a great biodiversity, giving shelter to thousands of plants and animal species.
  • Panama has the lowest population in the Central America. Most of them are European and Native Americans.
  • Panama has the largest number of beaches in the world. It has 5,637 km of coastline and more than 1,518 islands.
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