Moderators Moderator_02 Posted April 7, 2018 Moderators Share Posted April 7, 2018 Quote 6 things you need to know before you go to Panama Ellie HattersleyTuesday 27 Mar 2018 11:00 am Panama is often seen as a sort of in-between place, right on the cusp of South and Central America. Perhaps a place to stop over; a starting point to get your bearings or a crash pad before you fly back home from an extended Latin America trip. There’s more to Panama than meets the eye. With generally great weather, diverse geography, and friendly people, it’s worth checking out as a destination in itself. Here are six things you need to know before you go. It has two independence days Panama achieved sovereignty from Colombia on 3 November 1903, but this date is actually their second independence day. They became independent from Spain 82 years earlier, in 1821 – which is also celebrated, on November 28. Well, everybody loves a party. The Panama Canal is actually a really big deal (Picture: Getty) Most people will have heard of the Panama Canal, but perhaps not everyone quite grasps its significance. The waterway cuts through the Isthmus of Panama, and was historically hugely important in improving trade between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It also came at a great cost: early attempts succumbed to widespread disease and political disagreement, and thousands of lives were lost. Each region is unique, and very proud of it Panama has ten different and distinct regions, from the Caribbean coast of Bocas del Toro, to the mountains of Boquete. The people of each region have their own typical characteristics and people love to tell you what these characteristic are. In my experience, in Panama everyone is pretty proud of where they come from. They have the closest thing to paradise on their doorstep (Picture: Getty) If you haven’t heard of the San Blas islands, you’ll want to look them up. An island group of the coast of Panama, popular with backpackers as a albeit expensive way of getting to Colombia without flying, the San Blas islands might just be heaven on earth. There’s also the fascinating lifestyle of the native Kuna people to learn about, if sunbathing and swimming isn’t enough for you. You can’t enter by land from Colombia. No, really While many South and Central American border crossings are known for being somewhat sketchy, the land border between Colombia and Panama is impassable for tourists. Not only is it dense with impenetrable jungle, it’s also haunted by armed groups, drug traffickers, and generally people with whom you’d rather not mix. Guess you’ll just have to sail the San Blas islands instead. Oh well. Its capital is a digital nomad hotspot http://metro.co.uk/2018/03/27/6-things-you-need-to-know-before-you-go-to-panama-7373116/ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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