is a small but very diverse country which has for each taste something
special. The country links the pacific and the Atlantic Ocean and is a
corridor between Central and South America. Because of this very special
location Panama has a very rich and diverse nature and wildlife.
you find in Panama pristine jungle, bounty islands with golden beaches,
mountains and cloud forests as well as colonial and modern cities.
7 indigenous groups calling Panama their home and many small colonial
places throughout the country Panama gives a very special feeling to the
tourist that visit.
Unlike many other places however Panama is
still a secret to the big public and not overrun by tourist yet. This
makes Panama very special and a unique Vacation destination!
Some interesting facts:
Republic of Panama is located in Central America and lies between the
Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It also borders with Costa Rica in
the north and Colombia in the south.
- The total landmass of Panama is about 78,000 km2 , almost twice the size of the Netherlands or the size of North Carolina.
- The top of the Baru vulcano is the highest point with a height of 3,745 meters above sea level.
has 3.31 million inhabitants which makes it the least populated country
in Central America. A third of the population lives in and around the
capital Panama City.
- The population has a great diversity of
ethnic groups; besides the different Indian tribes you will find people
of African, European, Asian and mixed origins.
to the multicultural society there is a large diversity of religions
found in Panama. 80% is Roman Catholic. The rest is mainly Protestant,
Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim.
official language in Panama is Spanish. On the Caribbean side the
people speak Caribbean English. The Indian tribes also have their own
official currency in Panama has been the US Dollar since 1904. Besides
the American quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, Panama also has its
own version of these coins with an image of Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
Because of this difference, the currency is called the Balboa.
cards are generally accepted in all hotels and major restaurants. We do
advise you to bring cash in small bills when visiting more remote
is a Democratic Republic with elections every five years. The last
elections took place on the 4th of May 2014 when Juan Carlos Varela was
elected president. Since the time of Noriega, Panama has cleaned up its
image and is now one of the most stable countries in Central America.
has two seasons: a dry season from December till March and a wet season
from April to December. The average temperatures are between 25 and
30°C, except for the mountain areas where the average temperatures tend
to be lower.
- The rainfall is generally high. On the Caribbean
coast there is hardly a dry season and there is an average of 3,400 mm
of rainfall per year. On the Pacific coast the average annual rainfall
is 1,900 mm.