Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is the southernmost country of Central America and North America. Situated on an isthmus (an isthmus is a narrow strip of sand connecting two larger areas) connecting North and South America, some categorize it as a transcontinental nation. Panama is bordered by Costa Rica to the northwest, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. It measures 75,000 km² and has an estimated population of 3,300,000. The capital is known as Panama City.
The official language is Spanish.
Tourism is on the rise in Panama. It is a small and extremely diverse place to visit. You can actually visit two oceans on the same day, visit a cloud or rainforest, or go to beautiful white sandy beaches, or even visit the mountains and valleys.
The northwest and northeast regions of Panama are becoming very popular because of the beaches, the temperate climate, and their closeness to the tropical rainforests. It is also close to the very popular Costa Rica.
Panama has an abundance of amphibian wildlife and the Amphibian Rescue Project is an amazing organisation dedicated to safeguarding endangered species of frogs so that they are not lost forever.
Panama - Some Interesting Facts :)
- Panama claims the Panamanian Golden Frog as its national animal and they believe that it is a symbol of good luck.
- And here's an interesting fact about Panama - apparently, it was the first place in the world, outside of the United States, where coca cola was sold!
- Another interesting fact about Panama is that it is the only place on earth where you can watch the sun rise in the Pacific and watch it set on the Atlantic.
- The indigenous meaning of the name 'Panama' is 'abundance of fish' and it has the reputation of being a haven for water sports enthusiasts and also for eco-tourists as well.
- Apparently Panama is a great place for shopping as well if you are ever there and fancy some shopping. It is good for electronics, clothing and cosmetics.
- Panama is not overly populated with almost half of the population living in Panama City. This means that the rest of the country has low population.
- There is some evidence of old spearheads found in Panama that date back 11,000 years ago.
- The Panama Canal is a waterway that is 51 miles (82 km) in length and it connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The United States opened the canal in 1914.
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