The meaning of the name of Panama, it is abundance of fish and abundance of butterflies. Has an area of 75.517 Km2.
Its climate is warm and tropical with an average temperature of 27 degrees centigrade
The Panama Canal, with its unique location at the narrowest point between the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, has had a broad effect of projections on the economic and commercial developments throughout most of this century.
The Canal, which provides a means of cheap and relatively short transit between these two great oceans, which have considerable impact on patterns of world trade has boosted growth in developed countries and has given many remote areas of the universe, the impulse basic need for economic expansion.
Since its opening on August 15, 1914, the Canal has provided a quality transit service to more than 700,000 boats. The vast majority of traffic through the Canal is mobilized from the east coast of the United States and the Far East, while the traffic between Europe and the west coast of the United States and Canada are the second major trade route the waterway.
There are really three cities in one. Old Panama, Colonial Panama and Panama Modern. In Panama La Vieja you can explore the ruins of the old city, which was looted and burned by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.
Panama Colonial has been restored and highlighted the Church of San Jose with its golden altar, the Arco Chato, the National Theater, the Cathedral and the vaults.
City of Columbus:
With the characteristic atmosphere of a port city: Columbus is located at the entrance to the Caribbean coast and is famous for its Free Zone, oriental bazaars, beautiful beaches and Spanish colonial fortresses.
Hundreds of miles of beaches divided into two different coasts, according to the characteristics of the sea.
In the Panamanian Caribbean, with the beaches in the province of Bocas del Toro, the beaches on the islands of the archipelago, in the province of Colon, Isla Grande beach in San Blas. The beaches in most of the islands are small or medium sized and all have coral reefs nearby, are always close to the mouth of a river and almost all have been formed by coral buildup. It is also a paradise for the collector of shells and snails multicolor. The 367 islands of San Blas beaches are completely deserted and you can swim and dive.
A variety of white sandy beaches lapped by azure waters and a wealth of tropical vegetation in their environments. Some are calm waters, while others offer opportunity to slip over the crests of the waves in surfing. Some are on islands, such as Taboga and Contadora have lodging facilities and restaurants, and on land, forming huge sections and coastal beaches, where stands the so-called belt of the Pacific.
The beaches are more developed: Coronado, with its tennis courts, summer residences, restaurants, golf club, rental villas and condominiums; Turiscentro The San Carlos, ideal for a day of sun and beach, Rio Mar with cabanas restaurant and the confluence with the river and the sea has double appeal. El Palmar Punta Chame and also offer comfortable cabins and restaurants. There are good facilities located in Playa Corona, Santa Clara and New Gorgona.
Come at any time of year, and the beaches will be a fun and love, which is not lost.
Fishing and Diving
It offers a variety of tour packages through a string of tour operators. Packages include an average 3 to 4 days of fishing or diving with transportation to and from your hotel.
Fishing tournaments are sponsored by the Club de Yates, the Balboa Yacht Club and other associations of fishermen operating in the city of Panama and Piñas Bay, are also available to rent for fishing boats high sea in the Gulf and the Pacific.
Cultural and historical tours:
Are offered throughout the year include tours, wildlife, botany, archeology, photography, bird watching, whale watching, hiking, diving, butterfly observation, patron saint festival, crossing the Panama Canal, hiking the rainforests, Colonial Panama, indigenous culture and more.
National Parks and Wildlife Areas:
The Natural Park Metropolitan, a rainforest between the limits of the city of Panama, where the Smithsonian Institute conducts research on the ecology of tropical forests. This is home to over 200 kinds of birds, monkeys, reptiles and other animals, which can be seen along the road or from the observation tower.
Sovereignty National Park: Just 20 minutes by car from Panama City and 30 from Columbus along the Panama Canal. It is one of the most visited tropical rainforests in Central America.
Barro Colorado Island: Located in the Gatun Lake along the Panama Canal, this is a research station operated by the Smithsonian Institution, used by scientists around the world to study the tropical flora and fauna.
Chagres National Park: A 30 minutes by road from the city of Panama, is a mountainous region of dense forest that contains a wide variety of birds, wildlife, waterfalls and spectacular views.
Volcan Baru National Park: About 7 hours by road from Panama City and one hour by plane, is one of the most beautiful regions of our country, often called the Switzerland of the Americas
Sarigua National Park: One of the many parks in the Azuero Peninsula to the southwest of the city of Panama. This park is a complete contrast between the forest and mountains. Sarigua is a very arid region, with its own forms of life and archaeological sites.
Bastimentos National Park: Located northwest of Panama City. It is the first marine park in the country at various points in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, is not only a great variety of sea turtles who come to the beaches to lay their eggs, but also a haven for the abundant marine life, birds, reptiles and other animals.
Parque Nacional de la Amistad: One of the biggest parks in Panama, including the oldest and largest area of primary rainforest jungle in the country, with nine ecosystems ranging from tropical to subalpine. The park has hundreds of species of plants and animals are found nowhere else and a range of over 600 types of birds.
Darien National Park: This is one of the largest forested areas of America. This park, with vast untapped more than 300 species of birds.
Among these birds, is the Harpy Eagle, the world’s largest eagle and the endangered.
After the beaches there is nothing better than a relaxing with natural sites of Panama.