By Patricia Katzman
Mom nature has bequeathed Panama with a few gorgeous spots, wealthy soils and an enormous bio-diversity. White- and black-sand shorelines exchange with mangrove mazes alongside the coast. gleaming wild rivers overflowing with trout run via jungle-clad canyons jam-packed with colourful vegetation. Mist-crowned Baru Volcano towers above all of them. This ebook explores each sector from tip to toe, together with the San Blas Islands, offshore Barro Colorado, and concrete Panama urban, gateway for viewers. strolling excursions stopover at old forts, gold museums, vintage urban parks and bustling crafts markets. detailed cognizance is given to the country's nationwide parks.
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44 n Holidays n Liquid Repasts Panamanians are confirmed coffee drinkers. And no wonder, some of the world’s finest coffee is produced here. The best is usually exported, but you can still find a good cup of java, especially if you prefer it strong, strong, strong. If you don’t, ask for café Americano or café con leche, half coffee and half hot milk. You’ll find the best in Chiriquí, where it’s grown and freshly roasted. Herbal teas are popular as well. Chicheme is a thick, nourishing drink made from ground corn, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla, while horchata is made from rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
Independence from Spain December 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mother’s Day December 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Day 46 n Festivals & Events n April-May Azuero Fair (Villa de Los Santos, Los Santos Province, Azuero Peninsula) – National dance performances, craft exhibits, bullfights and horse shows highlight this huge agricultural and industrial fair. There are also cockfights and religious ceremonies. n June Corpus Christi Festival (Villa de los Santos, Azuero Peninsula) – This festival featuring religious parades and elaborately masked dancers reenacting the life of Christ hasn’t changed much since medieval times.
Orchids, bromeliads and epiphytic plants are abundant, and golden frogs can still be found here. The park protects the watersheds of three important rivers. There are good hiking trails and spectacular views. See page 145. n Colón Province Parque Nacional Soberanía/Soberanía National Park: One of the world’s most accessible rainforests is a half-hour from the capital. Soberanía’s 47,772 undulating acres (19,341 hectares) protect the Panama Canal watershed, 105 mammal species including jaguars, capybaras, blackhanded spider and howler monkeys and 525 bird identified bird species.