Panama is for everyone
is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America. The Panama Canal, a famous feat of human engineering, cuts through its center, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route. In the capital, Panama City, modern skyscrapers, casinos and nightclubs contrast with colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo district and the rainforest of Natural Metropolitan Park.
Remote Darién National Park, bordering Colombia, shelters parrots, macaws and tapirs. There's hiking on the Las Cruces Trail in Soberanía National Park, dating to the 1500s. The Gulf of Panama Pearl Islands are popular for snorkeling, and Coiba Island, with its surrounding marine park, is a hiking and diving destination off the Pacific coast. The Bocas del Toro province, on the Caribbean side, is a noted surfing spot. And Comarca Kuna Yala, an indigenous territory, is known for the beaches on its many islands and islets.
Three million years ago, the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea and changed the world forever. It divided an ocean and joined two continents together, triggering one of the most important natural evolution events in the history of the world. Today, this narrow land bridge in Central America is home to more species of birds and trees than the whole of North America. Come and discover its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and endless tourist activities, right at your fingertips.
When to visit
The areas peak travel season (Dec–Apr) is also its driest and least humid period. The climate is tropical, with most rainfall May–Nov and the Caribbean coast often getting more rain than the Pacific side. Popular festivals include the pre-Lenten Carnival (Feb/Mar), with notable events in Panama City and Las Tablas; Easter Holy Week, with processions throughout the country; the folklore-focused Festival de la Mejorana (Guararé, Sep), with music and dance shows; and Fiestas Patrias, an independence day event (Nov).