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10 interesting facts about Panama

11/09/2015

10 interesting facts about Panama

 

Panama is in many ways very different from the rest of Latin America, both for its history and its past and its current economy. As the counting of its peculiarities would take many pages, we will focus in 10 remarkable points on Panama.

 

1. In Panama, you can visit the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific on the same day:

 

 


2. Panama has the highest operating building in Latin America:



 

The Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower, and also 20 of the tallest buildings in Latin America are in Panama City!  Panama also has the largest number of skyscrapers in Latin America, with a total of forty projects.

 

3. The paradise of birds:


 

Panama has an extraordinary variety of birds for such a small country. Although Panama has only the size of the state of South Carolina, in Panama there are 976 species of birds, which exceeds the combined list of the United States and Canada.

 

 4. High Diversity:


 

 With nearly four million people, the population of Panama is composed of 67% mestizo (mixed Amerindian and Caucasian race) and mulattos (mixture of Caucasians and African descent), 14% African descent, 10% Caucasian, 6 % of indigenous Amerindians and 3% of people of various ethnic origins

 

5. Panama Hats:


 

The most distinctive symbol seen by tourists in Panama is the famous "Panama Hat". This hat is originally made from the leaves of a particular tropical palm tree, worn chiefly by men.

 

6. The most expensive and the oldest railway:


 

With a cost of nearly 8 million, the Panama Canal Railway was the most expensive to build in the whole story. The Panama Railroad Company built in 1855 the first railroad that serves to unite the shores of a territory in the sea with the other sea.

 

7. The Darien Gap:


 

The Darien region is an area of almost impenetrable jungle between Panama and Colombia, which has the distinction of being the only point across America where the Panamerican Highway is interrupted.

 

8. Panama had its own "Alcatraz":


 

From 1919 to 2004, Panama was running his own version of "Alcatraz", the famous prison located on an island in San Francisco Bay in the United States, home to the most dangerous criminals of the time during his tenure. Meanwhile, Panama had his own prison on the island of Coiba.

 

9. Casco viejo - The historic sector in Panama City



 

A walk in the morning or noon in the Old Quarter, an area that stands out to the Bay of Panama, historic buildings from the colonial era and the construction of the Canal, Panama demonstrate the shared history with Spain, France and the United States .

 

10. Baru volcano:



 

This volcano, located in the province of Chiriqui, is the highest point in the country with an altitude of 3.474 meters. It is believed that it last erupted in the year 500. It is possible to see the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean from the top on a clear day.