PANAMA: MUCH MORE THAN A CANAL
Panama is world-famous for its 48-mile canal that connects the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean. Each year, over a million people visit the canal and are able to witness this engineering marvel at work. Panama is very proud to have this magnificent creation operating 365 days a year, enabling the world's cargo to be shipped efficiently and safely to new destinations.
Three million years ago, the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea and changed the world forever. It divided an ocean and joined two continents together, triggering one of the most important natural evolution events in the history of the world. Today, this narrow land bridge in Central America is home to more species of birds and trees than the whole of North America. We invite you to discover its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and endless tourist activities, right at your fingertips.
Some of these activities include rainforest tours, surfing, snorkeling, diving, hiking, camping, bird watching, white water rafting, zip-line tours, and more. In Panama City, you can enjoy world-class dining, nightlife, casinos and shopping! Panama has attracted some of the world's most famous brands to set up shop here, including Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Hermes, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Micheal Kors, Carolina Hererra, Chanel, and countless others. Tourists from all over the world come to Panama and experience a modern, beautiful city with all the amenities one would expect from a world-famous business and tourism hub.
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Panama is located on an isthmus that extends over 75,517 km2, joining Central America and South America. Bordered on the north by the Caribbean Sea and on the south by the Pacific Ocean. By land it borders on the east with Colombia and on the west with Costa Rica.
UTC / GMT-5
Same as Eastern Standard Time, but does not follow light-saving time.)
TROPICAL CLIMATE ALL YEAR ROUND
Panama has a tropical climate, throughout the year in the lowlands and temperate climate in the highlands.
At sea level the average annual temperature is 27 ° C / 70.6 ° F. Panama has 2 stations: Dry from December to April and rainy from May to November.
It is recommended to bring light clothes, thin and fresh fabrics. If you see the highlands, it is advisable to wear warm clothes.
THE ISTHMUS OF PANAMA
Panama has a cultural multiplicity that makes it unique in the region, to which the constant presence of visitors from all over the world also contributes. The origin of this unique cultural mix is undoubtedly the crossroads characteristic that the country has always had, but so is the intense connection of Panama with the sea that makes it very similar to an island in the Caribbean. It is particularly rich, because although it comes from very diverse cultural origins and traditions, it has been stimulated by the atmosphere of tolerance and harmony that has always prevailed in the territory.
The US Dollar circulates freely. The Panamanian currency, the Balboa, has parity with that of the United States.
The official language is Spanish, English is also spoken frequently.