Panama

PANAMA

Located on the southern end of Central America with Costa Rica to the northwest, Panama offers beautiful lush coastlines. This narrow country plays an important world role by connecting the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea by means of the Panama Canal. With tourism still in its infancy here, Panama still offers visitors an "off the beaten path" feel. Areas of tropical rainforest are still abundant despite the rapid pace of deforestation. Countless beautiful vistas fill both coasts: rainforests, mangroves, and grasslands filled with wildlife; and warm waters teem with sealife.

Wildlife
Panama has a vast number of species making it a world leader in biodiversity. This amazing country houses more than 10,000 varieties of plants and more than 1,000 species of birds* and 125 animal species not found anywhere else on the planet.** Quetzals, four types of macaws, the giant harpy eagle, and migratory raptors and hawks are often spotted over the thin country. Five of the world's seven sea turtles are among Panama's waters in addition to whale sharks, killer whales and crocodiles. An animal specific to Panama, the Geoffroy's tamarin monkey lives among the jaguars, pumas, sloths and monkeys that can be spotted lurking in the jungles. The natural fauna and flora provides visitors impressive sights and unforgettable moments of wonderment.

Weather
Panama has two primary seasons, dry and wet. The country's dry season is primarily from December to April with tropical humidity. Air and water temperatures average 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) year round making Panama the perfect tropical getaway.

Amazing wildlife, friendly people, incredible weather and an abundance of unspoiled terrain, make Panama the perfect destination for adventure.

"Experience Panama and you may want to come back for more."

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