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PANAMA HOLIDAYS   >   CENTRAL AMERICA


Republic of Panama, southernmost country of Central America.

Provinces in Panama [ provincias ]: Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, Cocle, Colon, Darien, Herrera, Los Santos, Panama, Veraguas

Territory in Panama [ comarca ]: San Blas

Capital City of Panama: Panama City 


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Car Rentals Panama 

Car rental

Hotels in Panama

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 
Hostelbookers.com is one of the worlds largest online booking services for hostels. All hostels you see here are offering realtime prices and availability.

Travel Agencies / Tour Operators

  Kuoni   -   Beach holidays, Escorted Tours, Family holidays
The country offers the traveler an immense variety of exciting things to see such as the Panama crossing, beaches, islands, rain forest and diverse architecture all steeped in history with stories just waiting to be told.

 G Adventures

  -   Create your perfect trip
Flight, Hotel and Car.

Thomas Cook



  Explorers' Corner   -   San Blas Archipelago, Panama
Kayaking to the Remote Cayos Holandes

Travel Guides Panama / Related books

Panama (Lonely Planet Country Guides) - ISBN 1741791545 Travel Guides Panama 

  Panama (Lonely Planet Country Guides) - 1741791545
Carolyn McCarthy 
The world's best-selling guide to Panama. Features revamped Panama City chapter, reflecting the rapidly changing capital. The only guide with a sustainable tourism focus.
Paperback: 328 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th edition edition (22 Oct 2010); ISBN-10: 1741791545; ISBN-13: 978-1741791549.

  Panama (Bradt Travel Guide) - 1841622605
Sarah Woods
Dictators, cigars and the world's most famous short-cut? There's more to Panama than its clichés. More than a third of Panama's land is protected; it's home to 940 bird species and some of the world's most important turtle nesting grounds. Here puma prowl, the drumming of riotous festivals fills the air – and visitor numbers are soaring by more than 10% year on year. It's also a land where timetables are unpredictable and public holidays occur without notice, where places have three names spelt four different ways and roads terminate unannounced. The Bradt guide is the most thorough on the market. Visitors to Panama will need it. Sarah Woods is an award-winning travel writer. She first discovered Panama in the wake of the canal handover and has since explored the length and breadth of the isthmus. Sarah sponsors a children's home in the city of David.
Paperback: 368 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 2 edition (15 Sep 2009); ISBN-10: 1841622605; ISBN-13: 978-1841622606.
 
  Frommer's Panama   -   Jisel Perilla  -   0470371838
Paperback: 352 pages; Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (26 Jan 2009); ISBN-10: 0470371838; ISBN-13: 978-0470371831.

Transportation / How do I travel to Panama

Panama borders Costa Rica to the west and Colombia to the east.

  Tocumen International Airport  -  Panama City

  

   -   Flights to Panama
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  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights  
Flight tickets Panama / Price comparison possible

  Panama Canal Railway Company 

  Bus: there is regular bus service to most parts of the country with round-trip tickets [ Albrook Bus Terminal, Panama City ].  There is an excellent bus service between Costa Rica and Panama.


Links
 

  Visit Panama   -   Tourist Board of Panama

  Instituto Panameño de Turismo  

  Panama City   -   Capital City of Panama  -
Panamá City was founded by Pedrarias Dávila (Pedro Arias de Ávila),  the Governor of Golden Castle, appointed by the King of Spain.

  Bocas del Toro
Districts : Bocas del Toro, Changuinola and Chiriquí Grande.
Located on Isla Colon is the province's capital city, Bocas del Toro. This was the headquarters for United Fruit at the turn of the century and was an important shipping and receiving port. With the movement of the center of operations to the mainland in the mid-fifties, Bocas towns importance to what would later become Chiquita Bananas faded.
  Chiriqui 
Habitats of quetzals, parrots and numerous other bird species make this province a birdwatcher's paradise! Cloud and rain forests, mountains and beaches are among the other visual delights you'll enjoy while visiting.
  Cocle
  Colon
  Darien
Tropical flora, fauna and 1.5 million acres of pure rainforest provide the native Chocoe Indians with an immense jungle in which to live. Come and liven up your senses with the miracles of Mother Nature!
  Herrera
  Los Santos
  Panama
  Veraguas

  Isla Taboga
Nestled in the warm tropical waters of the Bay of Panama and within an hour's boat ride from bustling Panama City is a small island with a rich and colorful history and a humble little town.
  San Blas Island
Featuring a coastline of 200 miles, these islands offer crystal clear waters and beautiful secluded islets. The Kuna Indians of Panama call these islands home and live the same today as they did hundreds of years ago.

  CZ  -  Panama   -   nice website   -   'You can go back, but can't go home'
  Ferdinand de Lesseps   -   History of Count Ferdinand de Lesseps and the Panama Canal
1875 de Lesseps made his first public declaration of interest in an interoceanic canal. On the first day of the new year of 1880, on board a steam launch standing of the mouth of the Rio Grande, de Lesseps young daughter Fernanda dug the first shovel of sand into a champagebox and the Panama Canal was symbolically begun.
  Francis Drake   -  Silver Train !
He was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, and he helped defeat the Spanish Armada off the southern coast of England in 1588. No other English seaman, not even Nelson, played a more important role in English history than Francis Drake.
  Henry Morgan   -   Welsh buccaneer / pirate
For many, Henry Morgan is little more than the name of a romantic "pirate" of yore, but for some Morgan is being re-evaluated as one of Britain's most successful military strategists and as a man with the leadership qualities of an Alexander. He gained the loyalty of the buccaneers, who followed him without question, and the respect of kings and princes. Of all the great figures in Welsh history he must be counted among the most attractive and able.
  Indians
They are related to the Mayans in the north and the Chibchans of Colombia.  Some of the major Indian tribes are: Guaymi, Cuna (Kuna, San Blas), Cocle, Embera and Choco Indians.
  Instituto Panameño de Turismo - IPAT   -   Official Website for The Tourism Institute of Panama
  Museum of Biodiversity   -   Bridge of Life Project
The Bridge of Life project will be the hub of an interchange of nature, culture, the economy, and life—a center for learning, discovery, national pride, and a new appreciation of Panama's natural wealth.
  Panama Canal Museum
By August 15, 1914 the Panama Canal was officially opened by the passing of the SS Ancon. At the time, no single effort in American history had exacted such a price in dollars or in human life. The American expenditures from 1904 to 1914 totaled $352,000,000, far more than the cost of anything built by the United States Government up to that time. Together the French and American expenditures totaled $639,000,000. It took 34 years from the initial effort in 1880 to actually open the Canal in 1914. It is estimated that over 80,000 persons took part in the construction and that over 30,000 lives were lost in both French and American efforts.
This website is dedicated to all men and women who have and will work at or for the Panama Canal and made the heroic dream of over 400 years come true. Honoring the past by building the future.
  Pizarro
Francisco Pizarro was born in Trujillo, Estremadura, Spain in about 1471 and died in Lima Peru on June 26, 1541. He was the illegitimate son of Gonzalo Pizarro, an infantry captain, and Francisca Gonzalez. Francisco never went to school, and never learned to read or write. He sailed to the New World with Alonzo de Ojeda, on November 10, 1509 and was with him on his discoveries of present day Venezuela and Colombia .....
  Vasco Nuñez de Balboa
Balboa sailed to Hispaniola in 1501 on an expedition under Rodrigo de Bastidas and Juan de la Cosa. During this voyage they crossed the Gulf of Urabá (on the coast of present-day Columbia), and saw the indian village of Darién in present-day Panama.

  News from Panama   -   Crítica en Línea  -   el diario de mayor circulación en Panamá
  Press   -   The Panama News   -   Panamese online newspaper in English
  Radio   -   Panama Online Radio Stations
  TV   -   TVN-2
  University of Panama   -   Universidad de Panamá

Cuisine   -   Panamese Cooking

The cuisine of South America stems from cultural backgrounds, available produce foods and cooking styles. You'll find local favorites varying from country to country, even within regions, but you'll also find international favorites and the ubiquitous fast food places.

  Panama Living   -  Recipes from Panama

History of Panama

Panamá is the thinnest link between Central and South America.  It became the center of Spanish exploration and expansion after its discovery in 1501.  Panamá is rich in history and man-made achievements, from its pre-Colombian history to modern man-made engineering features, such as the Panamá Canal.

Independence: 3 November 1903 (from Colombia; became independent from Spain 28 November 1821)

  Panama's History   -   Wikipedia
Building the Panama Canal, Military Coups in Panama and Coalitions, Rebuilding Democracy in Panama.
  Panama Viejo
Es una organización sin fines de lucro, dedicada a la preservación, estudio y difusión del conjunto histórico monumental.
  Panama Canal Museum 
The mission of the Panama Canal Museum is to preserve the history of the American era of the Panama Canal (1904-1999). The museum collects artifacts, documents and other items of historical importance and interest, which are accessible in person and on the internet. Its purpose is to enable research and education in the history of the accomplishments of the United States of America in the construction, operation, maintenance and defense of the Panama Canal as a service to the World's maritime and naval communities in the twentieth century.

  Building of the Panama Canal: In Historic Photographs   -   Ulrich Keller (Editor)
Paperback 111 pages (February 1984);  Publisher: Dover Publications;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0486244083

Music, Culture & Entertainment

  Music of Panama
With salsa and Colombian cumbia often dominating the charts, Panama's own popular music has had to struggle to survive. A distinctive vocal style dominates the music, which is said to derive from Sevillians of African descent who arrived in the early 16th century. The most important native instrument is the mejorana, a five-stringed guitar used to play songs called torrentes...

Instrumental Folk Music of Panama  -   Danzas Panama 
To hear a song sample, click on the song titles.
Audio CD (January 30, 1995);  Label: JVC;  ASIN: B000003MQW
Stories, Myths, Chants, and Songs of the Kuna Indians 
Joel Sherzer
The Kuna Indians of Panama, probably best known for molas, their colourful applique blouses, also have a rich literary tradition of oral stories and performances. One of the largest indigenous groups in the South American tropics, the majority of them (about 70,000) reside in Kuna Yala, a string of island and mainland villages stretching along the Caribbean coast. It is here that Joel Sherzer lived among them, photographing and recording their verbal performances, which he feels are representative of the beauty, complexity, and diversity of the oral literary traditions of the indigenous peoples of Latin America. This book is organized into three types of texts: humorous and moralistic stories; myths and magical chants; and women's songs. While quite different from one another, they share features characteristic of Kuna literature as a whole, including appreciation of their environment and a remarkable knowledge of their plants and animals; a belief in spirits as an important component of their world in curing, magic, and aesthetics; and, especially, great humour and a sense of play. Vividly illustrated by a Kuna artist and accompanied by photographs that lend a sense of being present at the performances, the texts provide readers with a unique aesthetic perspective on this rich culture while preserving an endangered and valuable indigenous oral tradition.
Paperback 304 pages (April 30, 2004);  Publisher: University of Texas Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 029270237X


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