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Panama, still the best kept secret! Panama is located in Central America, with coastlines on either side, the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, with Colombia (and South America) to the southeast and Costa Rica (and North America) in the northwest. It is strategically located and forms a land bridge connecting North and South America. It is known for the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But Panama is much more than a canal. This narrow land bridge in Central America has beautiful landscapes, a rich culture and endless tourist activities. Activities such as rainforest tours, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, bird watching and more. Panama has more species of birds and trees than all of North America.

Panama is one of the most attractive destinations in tourism, which is developing rapidly. In Panama City you can enjoy world class dining, nightlife, casinos and shopping. Distances are negligible. In just one week, visitors can enjoy two different oceans, experience the mountains and rainforest, and learn about indigenous cultures. Drive the Pan-American Highway to visit many highlights or take a domestic flight. The Panamanians are a mixture of different cultures. Most notable are the Kuna Indians, original inhabitants with their own Kuna Yala territory. Enjoy their beautiful islands 'Archipiélago de San Blas' and their colorful appearance.

Panama has a tropical maritime climate with a warm, humid rainy season (May to December) and a short dry season (January to May). Temperatures are mainly determined by altitude. In the highlands of Central Panama and Chiríqui there is always a spring climate. The slopes on the Caribbean side usually receive more rainfall than the slopes on the Pacific side. The rainy season usually means: a sudden big shower and it is dry again.

“Panama is an ideal country to travel through with a rental car. The cars and roads are excellent and distances are fine and you can leave your car anywhere and travel back on a flight."

During my trip I asked a Panamanian why the local road users don't give directions and suddenly turn off. His answer was: 'We assume that everyone takes into account whoever drives in front of them, if we all do that it will always be fine.'

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