as a tourist destination. Visit Panama and its different locations
Panama is fast growing into a tourist hotspot.
The reason for this is that Panama as a tourist destination offers
a wide variety of experiences. Panama is strategically located as
a land link between the continents of North America and South America.
Panama is flanked by two great water bodies namely, the Pacific
Ocean and Atlantic Sea.
Many tourists visit Panama – some looking for adventure, others
to simply enjoy and relax. Where else can a person sun bathe in
the beaches of two oceans, climb mountains, take home memories of
exotic wild life or witness the grandeur of man’s creative
abilities in the Panama Canal.
The first thing that comes to our mind when
we think of visiting Panama is of course the Panama Canal. Completed
in1914, the Canal is regarded as a modern engineering marvel. Mira
Flores and Gatun Lake are places not to be missed .The latter offers
opportunity for the tourist to unwind by boating and fishing
Panama City, the capital of Panama is another
attraction that visitors would not want to miss. Amador Causeway
with Palm trees lining it has many restaurants where tourists can
sit back enjoy a meal and watch the sunset.
The beaches of Panama will always be a favorite haunt of the visitors
and locals alike. The beaches of the two oceans are ideal for sun
bathers and surfers. You can even sail in the calm waters to the
islands of Taboga and Pearl archipelago. For scuba divers too, Panama
as tourist destination is no let down .The beaches and the tiny
islands have many coral reefs making it very ideal for diving. Snorkeling
can be great fun too.
Nature lovers and wild life enthusiasts visit
panama because of the rich collection of flora and fauna that this
tropical country and its rain forests have to offer. In fact even
at a distance of ten minutes from the capital city there are many
national parks .The rain forests are home to nearly 1000 species
of birds and many wild animals not found any where else in the world
.The Darien National Park, Baru`Volcano National Park, and International
Park La Amistad in Chirqui Province Highlands are few of the wild
reserves visitors to Panama would not want to miss.
Ethno tourism is fast coming of age. Panama as a tourist destination
for ethno tourism has also picked up. The archeological sites in
Chiriqui and Cocle provinces are testimony to the fact that humans
lived in Panama even in 2000 B.C. Many indigenous groups still continue
to inhabit the various regions of Panama. The Darien National Park
is inhabited by Chocoes ethnic group while Ngobe-Bugle are groups
found in the provinces of Chiriqui, and Veraguas .Bokotas, another
tribe native to Panama are found scattered in the country. Panamas’
visitors find the Kinas tribe very special. Kinas inhabit the San
Bias archipelago on the Atlantic side of Panama. This Indian tribe
is associated with the Mola (which is a textile art) and with the
Tagua (which are miniature sculptures) .Those that visit Panama
would like to take home with them as memorabilia.
All these are backed by good accessibility by land, water and air.
The tourists can find accommodations and travel conveniently in
taxis. In Colon Free Zone they can shop duty free. The best time
to visit Panama would be in summer between January and April. Panama
as tourist destination is amazing to say the least. It is not the
usual run in the mill kind of place. The next time you are thinking
of vacationing, make it to Panama.