Friendship International Park encompasses ​​207,000 hectares of nature along the Central Cordillera of the provinces of Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro. The high altitude of the mountainous, originally volcanic, area affords incredible views.

Recognized and protected by UNESCO, this park contains large trees like almonds and ceiba that stand aside various trails, inviting hikers to be immersed in the biodiversity and explore its virtues. This park also safeguards the watersheds of the Teribe and Changuinola rivers, sources of hydroelectric power for Panama City.

Friendship International Park has over 100 species of mammals, 9 species of amphibians, 3 types of snakes, and around 400 species of birds, including the Harpy Eagle and the captivating and brilliantly colored Resplendent Quetzal.


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The Hayah International Short Film Festival has announced the films selected for its 8th year in the following categories: Fiction Short Film, Documentary Short, Animated Short, New Directors of Panama Award, and Très Court: Very Short Films (max 3 min), awarded by the Alliance Française.

As of this past Sunday, July 6, Iberia is offering daily direct flights from Madrid to Panama. This represents a 40% increase in aircraft capacity (600 additional seats), bringing the Spanish airline's total availability up to 2,000 people per week. 

The cruise season in Colón will start warming up in October as ships from Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, Princess Cruises, and Pullmantur lines pull into port. 

The centenary of the Panama Canal has become one of the most transcendental moments in the history of this Central American country and the world at large. The 2014 anniversary celebration is slated for August 15, the historic day when the ship S.S. Ancón crossed the Canal for the first time, and it will take place a hundred years after the construction of this extraordinary work of engineering that has made it one of the main shipping lanes in the world.