Travel to Panama

Travel Panama

Known principally for its canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Panama is a country in Central America. It neighbours Costa Rica and Colombia, of which it was a constituent part in the period when the Republic of Gran Colombia existed. Panama marks the transition between Central America and South America.

During your trip to Panama, visiting the famous canal is a must. It was conceived as far back as the early 16th century. The idea was to divert shipping routes so that it would no longer be necessary to travel by the dangerous Cape Horn to get to the American Pacific coast from the Atlantic. The Panama Canal was planned later in 1880, under the leadership of French engineer, Ferdinand de Lesseps. It opened in 1914 after the completion of the construction of a network of 77 kilometres of canals.

Panama has many tourist attractions, beginning with the capital, Panama City, and its old town. The architectural heritage from the Spanish colonial period is a marvel to see. The fortifications on the Caribbean coast of San Lorenzo and Portobelo are very much worth the detour.

However, staying in a Panama City hotel is an unforgettable experience. The constantly busy city draws its uniqueness from its cosmopolitan flavour. The bars and restaurants offer opportunities to mix with local people as they go about their daily lives. Take the opportunity to sample the local produce by asking advice from your hosts! Friendliness and hospitality are not just words in Panama. Take a stroll down Casco Viejo Avenue with its trendy shops and treat yourself to a shopping adventure. Do not forget to experience the wonderful ambience of the capital's Metropolitan Park.

Another highlight: nature. Environmental richness and biodiversity are everywhere apparent. Botany and ornithology enthusiasts can develop their skills and knowledge since both the flora and fauna are so rich. The network of hiking trails is another attraction for the more resilient and athletic. The seas invite you to go swimming, from the beaches of the Caribbean to the Pacific waters. Scuba diving will allow you to explore amazing coral reefs while surfing lovers will be in their element in Panama.

Tourism has grown strongly in recent years thanks to the variety of activities available. Hotels have followed suit by providing the comforts and conveniences that foreign tourists expect. Book a Panama resort now through the Lonely Planet Panama.

Enjoy discovering remarkable sites like the island of Taboga with its bright flowers and pelicans. Visit the small town of Boquete, nestled in the heart of a steep valley, the starting point for hiking and horseback riding. Stop at least one day to visit San Blas, an archipelago of no less than 378 islands. This province led by the Kuna Indians is remarkable for its coconut trade and boating. Achutupu, Coco Blanco, and Kagantupu are three of its better-known islands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The duration of a direct flight from Montreal to Panama is approximately 6 hours.
In 2019, Panama's population was estimated to be over 4,246,000.
Panama is a fairly secure Central American country; however, as in all destinations, you must be careful when traveling, some regions could be more at risk of crime than others. Always consult the Canadian government site before embarking on a trip, regardless of the destination, to check for regular updates.
Panama is a destination of varied interests; its culture, its gastronomy, its parks, its canal, its nature, its beaches, its sports and nautical activities, its different regions to discover, its adventure tourism, its all-inclusive hotels, its restaurants and bars in the evening. A destination that leaves no one indifferent!
Although the destination can be visited year-round, the best time to go is from mid-December until April; it is the dry season, less humidity, less very high heat.
The official language of the country is Spanish, but a large population speaks English well.
In Panama, the monetary currency used is the balboa (PAB) at par with the US $. American money is also accepted.
Spanish is the official language of the country, but English is spoken by the majority of the population.
Panama City, without a shadow of a doubt, the most cosmopolitan city in all of Central America, for the famous canal, of course, but also for its historic district, Casco Antiguo; Bocas del Toro is a beautiful area of ​​paradisiacal beaches and a surfer's paradise; the San Blas Islands for diving enthusiasts, but also to meet the Kuna people and their culture; Boquete, for its coffee and flower plantations; Portobelo, for the visit of the national park. Here are some of the beautiful cities in Panama to visit.
The balboa is the country's official currency, but at par the US dollar is accepted almost everywhere.
Among the animals you will encounter in Panama, you will see monkeys, coatis, iguanas, lizards, toads, small poisonous frogs, snakes, turtles, and crocodiles; without forgetting different species of birds, Hummingbirds, Toucans, Quetzals and parrots; and more discreetly, traces of anteaters, tapirs, and big cats like jaguars, pumas and ocelots.
Panama is a country with many facets, while the modern of the capital meets the colonial culture of the old historic districts, that the paradisiac beaches of Bocas del Toro and the San Blas Islands rub shoulders with volcanoes, mountains and natural biodiversity for a adventure tourism; the MilaFlores locks for the unmissable Panama Canal, a marvel of engineering! Panama is sure to please you, especially since you will find all-inclusive stays there.
It is especially on the Pacific coast that certain species of sharks can be seen during diving trips, such as hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks and silky sharks.
The cost of living in Panama is lower than in Quebec and in Europe, considering that you will find all the amenities and services of a large capital. The local labor, food, catering, real estate, etc., having reasonable prices make the cost of living relatively low compared to the big metropolises of the world.
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