Not many countries in the world cover the territory of fifteen hundred islands. Panama is a diverse country, where visitors can enjoy observation of historic sites and beautiful nature. The country is most known for the Panama Canal, the making of which opened a passage between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. However, there is much more to see in the beautiful country.
Bocas del Toro is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. This is a chain of islands located in the northwest of Panama. It’s easy to reach the islands from the mainland on one of numerous boats. As Bocas del Toro is located not far away from the border with Costa Rica, many tourists from there come to visit this beautiful place for a few days. Beach rest, scuba diving and snorkeling, watersports and nightlife are the most popular entertaining activities. In Bocas del Toro one can observe rich underwater life and swim with dolphins and reef sharks, or rent a bike and explore the islands.
Boquete is a mountain part of the country, which is approximately 1,000 metres above the sea level. This region is famous for one of the best coffee in the world and is very popular with fans of eco-tourism, who come to enjoy cooler weather and Volcan Baru.
Panama is home to many national parks, many of which are added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Coiba National Park is one of them. The park covers whole Coiba Island, the largest island in Central America. The Darien Gap National Park is primarily famous for a natural bridge that connects Central and South America. Impenetrable in some parts, the park is a great place to see pristine tropical nature, rare animals and birds. La Amistad International Park is also a beautiful place located on the border with Costa Rica, so it is managed by the both countries.
The Panama Canal is a grandiose man-made 77km long canal built across the Isthmus of Panama. Its opening had crucial important for maritime trade. Travellers are recommended to visit the canal and see how ships are put into locks and then lifted 26m above the sea level to enter mad-made Gatun Lake.
The Capital of the country, Panama City, is a modern metropolis with some interesting historic sites, such as the Casco Viejo area added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The area is a great place to see colonial buildings and learn more about the pirate past of the country.
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