History & Nature Intertwined
Panama is a small country with uniquely big things to offer. With a rich history and a dynamic cultural scene, as well as fascinating tropical jungles covering about 40% of its lands, it offers visitors and residents alike the best of both worlds. For a long time before the Spanish settlement in the 15th century, Panama was home to several indigenous tribes. From there on began a whirlwind of eventful history, which culminated in Panama gaining its independence in the early 1900s with support from the United States. That was also when the Panama Canal was constructed by the US Army. Today, the canal represents a significant part of Panama’s economy as well as history, although Panama’s economy is also significantly dependents on other aspects including tourism.
Panama’s tropical jungles are a haven to many rarities in animals and plants. It’s a top destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Panamanians cater to this attraction by providing several hiking trails, accommodations, and accessibility to the jungles, as they are often around rural areas. Lots of these towns have seen an increase in tourist attraction, as they are often surrounded by mountains and natural terrains which are irresistible to adventure seekers.
A Unique Blend
Each province in Panama is a blend of history, culture, and nature that has been proven to create a special experience. The capital of Panama is Panama City, and it is home to most of the country’s population. It’s a vitally interesting place to visit because it’s packed with the country’s rich history, as well as having breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean and the Panama Canal. However, it’s not too separated from the country’s tropical nature, as the rainforests are close by and easily accessible from the city – some of them even a few minutes’ drive away. Some of these areas include Gamboa, which is a beautiful hiking site located just 45 minutes away from Panama City, as well as Boquete, which is home to Panama’s only volcano, and has several attractive hiking trails across the surrounding mountains.
Additionally, Panama is famous for its abundance of rivers and waterways. A lot of them are irregular and hard to navigate, however, they are vital for generation of hydroelectric power, which supplies a big portion of Panama’s energy needs.
Another famous destination in Panama is the Boscas del Toro, which is a group of a large mainland and islands located in the Caribbean sea. It’s known for its gorgeous beaches as well as several parks which are protected from hunters and poachers.
More Than Meets the Eye
While Panama is one of the smaller countries in terms of land area, it plays a significant role politically, and also holds a significant spot as one of the world’s favorite destinations. It is one of the founding nations of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and a lot of the species inhabiting its rainforests can’t be found anywhere else. Having the motto “For the benefit of the world”, Panama definitely is committing to it.