Located in Central America, Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic. The country has a rich history with a variety of historic sights, diverse wildlife and many many rums for you to delight.
Why Visit Panama
Panama was discovered in 1501 by Rodrigo de Bastidas. However, many indigenous tribes inhabit the territory beforehand. The country became the principal shipping point to and from South and Central America in colonial days. There are still remains of its colonial era, and many architectural sites for you to visit and discover its history, like the Panama Canal, the Casco Viejo and its vibrant capital, Panama City, one of the most cosmopolitan urban centers in Central America.
Panama offers a wide array of animals thanks to its biodiverse national parks. The country is filled with more than 10,000 types of plants and hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
Panama has a tropical weather, with only two seasons: dry and rainy, making it a year round destination. It is also outside of the Atlantic hurricane belt, so there is very little risk of tropical storms and hurricanes.
PACIFIC AND CARIBBEAN
Although many countries in Central America are located between the two, It is relatively easy to get from one side of the country to the other in one day, meaning you can enjoy the sunset in the Caribbean side (with crystalline waters) and watch the sun set in the Pacific.
Panama is abundant in sugarcane, offering many brands making high quality rum. Ron Abuelo is one of Panama’s oldest and most popular rums.
What to expect
Spanish is the official language in Panama. However, the country also recognized other 14 languages, including those spoken by the indigenous groups. About 14% of the population will speak English fluently. Learning some basic words in Spanish will be helpful when visiting.
In Panama the standard voltage is 110 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the american continent; If you are traveling from the EU you will need an adaptor.
Panama’s official currency is the balboa, however, they use the same bills as the american dollar. People use the terms dolla and balboa interchangeably. Other currencies are not accepted. Credit cards are widely accepted, but cash is preferred in rural areas. It is encouraged to exchange it in a bank or withdraw it directly from the ATM. 1 USD equals 25 lempiras.
Panama has a tropical climate, typically hot and humid all year round, slightly cooler in mountain areas. The country has two seasons: wet or “winter” season and the dry “summer” season.
Panama is generally safe, one of the safest countries in Central America. However, pick-pocketing and mugging is common in Panama City, exercising caution is encouraged, especially in crowded areas as train and bus stations and/in public transport.
Nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Panama for a period of 90 days or less: US, European Union, Angola, Antigua y Barbuda, Argentina, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Macedonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad y Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, UK, US, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City and Vietnam.
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