Panama

Panama Travel Guide

Panama, which means “abundance of fish”, is officially known as The Republic of Panama. It is a country of nearly four million and a little over 29,000 square miles in area.

If you have ever wanted to explore the rainforest, travel to Panama is certainly the choice for you. Next to the Amazon, Panama boasts the largest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere and the many exotic flora and fauna that live therein are astounding.

Panama is often a tourist destination because of the Panama Canal. This engineering marvel connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Each year hundreds of thousands of people cruise the eight-hour waterway, and the widening project will make the Panama Canal accessible to more and larger vessels. This Panama travel guide will help you find the places one must see.

Things Not to Miss in Panama

• During your Panama travel, be sure to visit the Presidential Palace, the official residence of the country’s president and a beautiful example of Colonial architecture.
 • If you planned to visit Panama to stop by the Canal, be sure to begin your tour at Miraflores Locks, an interactive center that will fill you in on the Canal’s history.
 • Grab a bike or lace up your walking shoes for the mile-long exploration of the Amador Causeway, a breakwater connecting four islands, which will give you great views.

When to Go to Panama

Panama has a tropical climate, and its weather is typically divided into wet and dry seasons. To avoid the heavy rain periods, plan your visit around December or later.

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