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Tourism pamphlets boast that Veraguas is the only province with coasts on both oceans. This attribute doesn’t help the tourist because the Caribbean side across the mountains of the Continental Divide is still an undeveloped wilderness un-reachable by road. But the Pacific side has attractions in good measure. The provincial capital, Santiago, has simple but …

Playas del Pacífico
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Cross the Canal from Panama City, over the Bridge of the Americas, or the Centennial Bridge onto the Pan American Highway and you are beachward bound. Panama’s Pacific coastline from Colombia in the east to Costa Rica in the west covers about 767 miles bordering six provinces. That’s a lot of beach. But a relatively …

Islas de las Perlas
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Las Perlas Islands

Some of the most renowned pearls in the world came from the oysters on the seabed around the hundred or so islands which make up the Pearl Island archipelago in the Gulf of Panama. The islands are mostly uninhabited except for some fishing communities and only a few of the islands have tourist development. But …

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Events 2015

Some of the main events of the year Country Fairs Most of Panama’s country fairs take place in the dry season (Dec. to March) Like country fairs everywhere they include livestock and agricultural exhibits, rides for children, typical food and typical dancing, but each one has its own flavor. The following is  a list of these country fairs with their …

About Panama Focus on


  ENTRY REGULATIONS A tourist can remain in Panama for 90 days. This is normally not extendable but exceptions can be made for such valid reasons as visiting family members or for medical reasons. In these cases visitors must apply for a Short Term Visa (Check the related article about the Type of Visas). There is …

Nuevas esclusas del Canal
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Panama Canal

Awesome then… amazing now The Panama Canal, after a century in operation, is still one of the engineering wonders of the world – the “Mars probe” of the Wright Brothers’ days. Even by today’s standards it is awesome to see a container ship gliding through massive locks and past a rain forest. Put the Canal …

Focus on Provinces & Places


Darién Province is the wildest part of Panama, southeast of Panama City and bordering Colombia. The Darién contains huge swaths of untouched jungle and indigenous peoples living much as they have for centuries. Nearly all of Panama’s 927 bird species (as many as the USA and Canada combined) can be found in the Darién making …

Beach Resorts & Islands Focus on vol. 40#1

San B

Guna (formerly Kuna) Indian women look almost too good to be true. In fact, some visitors to the tribal territory of San Blas are moved to suspect that, once the tourists have gone, the Indian women will change out of their finery and catch a plane back to town. Wrong. The San Blas woman, whether …

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Colon and the Costa Arriba

  Colon is all the tropic ports of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. Rightly so. Every street corner and bar here knows ten thousand tales as exuberant or as melancholy or as cockeyed or as ironic as any those two travellers spun. Colon is a strange town which has relished bonanzas and endured depressions throughout …

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