Temperatures are high across the whole country throughout the year, though cooler at high altitudes. The rainy season lasts from May to November. Rainfall is twice as heavy on the Pacific coast as it is on the lowlands of the Caribbean coast.
Required Clothing: Lightweight cottons and linens are worn, with rainwear advisable, particularly in the rainy season. Warmer clothes are needed in the highlands.
Area : 75,517 sq km (29,157 sq miles).
Population : 3.2 million (UN, 2005).
Population Density : 42.3 per sq km.
Capital : Panama City. Population: 827,828 (2005).
Panama forms the land link between the North and South American continents. Panama borders Colombia to the east, Costa Rica to the west, and the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean to the north and south. The country forms an S-shaped isthmus which runs east?west over a total length of 772km (480 miles) and is 60 to 177km (37 to 110 miles) wide. The landscape is mountainous with lowlands on both coastlines cut by streams, wooded slopes and a wide area of savannah-covered plains and rolling hills called El Interior between the Azuero peninsula and the Central Mountains. The Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean are linked by the man-made Panama Canal, cut into a gap between the Cordillera de Talamanca and the San Blas mountain range and stretching for over 65km (40 miles); the length of the Canal is often referred to as 80km (50 miles) as this is the distance between deep-water points of entry. Only about a quarter of the country is inhabited. The majority of the population live either around the Canal and main cities of Panama City and Colón (the two cities which control the entrance and exit of the Canal) or in the Pacific lowlands and the adjacent mountains.
Language: The official language is Spanish, but English is widely spoken.
Religion : Almost all Christian; 86 per cent Roman Catholic.
Time : GMT - 5.
Social Conventions: Handshaking is the normal form of greeting and dress is generally casual. The culture is a vibrant mixture of American and Spanish lifestyles. The Mestizo majority, which is largely rural, shares many of the characteristics of Mestizo culture found throughout Central America. Only three indigenous tribes have retained their individuality and traditional lifestyles as a result of withdrawing into virtually inaccessible areas.
Electricity: 120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs are the flat two-pin American type.
What do you must visit in Panama?
City Tour a classical tour for the metropolis will include the old Panama City's ruins, the colonial Panama.
Tour the canal.
To visit my PUEBLITO. A carbon copy of a up-country small town of beginnings of the century XX. public offices, stores, a school and a tiny church surround a the stone plaza and his source. a dedicated museum to "La Pollera" - the feminine dress national of Panama, and folkloric spectacles the weekends, they make of my Pueblito a place that the tourist must not be allowed to tour.Also two are the copies of the typical towns of the others principal ethnoses from Panamas: the afroantillanoses, and the natives to St. Blases, the emberáses, the ngöbe-buglé. I take a walk in ferry to Taboga's island, situated in the pacific entrance of the Panama Canal.
Visit the racetrack president Remón.
to go to a folkloric spectacle with colorings typical suits and you dance traditional. large earthen jars, in the hotel offer in the restaurant plaza themselves Paitilla Inn and downtown tourist my Pueblito.
to do a journey ecoturístico: several options exist:
* Gamboa Rainforest Resort
* The Natural Park forestal reserves placed, surprisingly, within bounds of the city capital.
* The Monument “Natural Barro Colorado”, placed in the Lago Gatún Island.
* The Canopy Tower, located to half hour of the city.
journey by train: pass one day in Columbus traveling in train train, a journey for the banks of the canal
taking a walk for the Calzada de Amador Street: A perfect place to relax him and to enjoy of the picturesque sight of the city, from the bay. walk , practice the jogging, take a walk in bicycle or enjoyment of any one of his restaurants.
Visit the anthropological museum queen Torres de Araúz: excellent.
Visit the museum of the interoceanic canal: the museum finds on the plaza cathedral, in St. Philip, the colonial neighborhood of the city that it is being restored. ideal place for a complementary tour.