Panama is the southernmost country of Central America with Panama City being its capital. It is one of the most tourist friendly country and the people of Panama are warm and friendly. It has many beaches, parks, wildlife, forests and natural reserves which make Panama tourist destinations ideal for travelers.
Panama City is home to many big shopping centers where you can buy local products and interesting items. It is sometimes described as the cross between Miami and Rio de Janerio. Panama City is the largest city of Panama with modern skyline, undiscovered beauty and sophisticated dining. Some popular places of interests in Panama are; Panama Viejo which is a cultural spot, Parque Natural Metropolitano and Spaniards are the natural attractions of Panama.
Panama Canal is a social, economic and political foundation of Panama which serves over 14000 vessels per year. If you want to know about the history of this canal then you should visit Miraflores Visitors Center, which showcases the history of the canal and its importance to the Panamanian people. Here you can observe ships passing through Miraflores locks. The permanent exhibits at Miraflores focus on canal technology, biodiversity, water conservation and the canal’s importance to canal construction and international trade. This canal is one of the important Panama tourist destinations.
Charges National Park covers a total area of 129000 hectares. It is situated in the provinces of Colon and Panama. This place is home to many wildlife and plant species. Cerro Hoya National Park is another place of interest which is situated in province of Herrera. This park is a significant archaeological site. The wildlife and natural reserves make Panama tourist destinations favorite among nature lovers.
Coiba National Marine Park is situated in Gulf of Chiriqui. It covers an area of 430825 acres and comprises of 38 islands. It was identified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. Barro Colorado Island is the largest forested island in a Panama Canal Waterway. It is home to Smithsonian biological station. Daily tours to Isla Barro Colorado are offered by the Smithsonian Institute. Kuna Yala, which is home to famous Kuna Indians, comprises of over 360 islands with a thin strip of mainland stretching along Panama’s Atlantic coast. Crystal-clear turquoise waters and beautiful white sand beaches make this destination as one of the most popular Panama tourist destinations.
Panamanian cuisine is unique and rich with mix of African, Native American and Spanish dishes. Panama breakfasts consist of deep fried corn tortillas, which are heaped with fried meat and eggs. Panama meal includes coconut, rice, meat and beans with vegetables and fruits such as squash and yucca. Some popular cuisines are Sancocho (stew packed with meat and vegetables), Empanadas (pastries filled with meat and cheese) and Carimanola (fried yucca roll stuffed with boiled eggs and meat).
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