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About Panama

Panama 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.

Nowadays you find in Panama pristine jungle, bounty islands with golden beaches, mountains and cloud forests as well as colonial and modern cities.

With 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 visits this country.

Unlike many other places Panama is still a secret to the big public and not overrun by tourist yet. This is why you should book a holiday to Panama.

Some interesting facts:

Geography

  • The 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.

Population

  • Panama 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.

Religion

  • Due 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.

Language

  • The official language in Panama is Spanish. On the Caribbean side the people speak Caribbean English. The Indian tribes also have their own languages.

Currency

  • The 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.
  • Credit cards are generally accepted in all hotels and major restaurants. We do advise you to bring cash in small bills when visiting more remote places.

Politics

  • Panama 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.

Weather

  • Panama 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.