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Panama

Touristic attractions of Panama
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Your vacations in Panama

Panama – officially, the Republic of Panama (República de Panamá) – is the southernmost country of both Central America and, in turn, North America. Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it’s bordered by Costa Rica to the northwest, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital is Panama City.

Panama is an international business centre and it has the largest economy in Central America, followed by Guatemala, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. It’s also the fastest growing economy and the largest per capita consumer in Central America.

The Panama Canal is a ship canal that joins the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific ocean. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, it has had an enormous impact on shipping between the two oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America.

Official language

Spanish

Currency

The Panamanian currency is officially the balboa. In practice, however, the country is dollarized; Panama has its own coinage but uses U.S. dollars for all its paper currency.

Electricity

110 volts, 60 cycles

Shopping

Panama City is known as a "shopper's paradise". It features large shopping districts as well as modern shopping malls, such as the Multicentro Mall, Multiplaza Pacific Mall and the Albrook Mall. A traditional Panamanian craft is the Mola.

Useful information

While in Panama city don´t miss the four "must do": the Panama Canal, Panama Viejo, Casco Antiguo (also known as Casco Viejo) and the jungles surrounding the Canal area.