Principal Cities & Provinces
Panama City is the country’s capital and the principal commercial center. It lies on the Gulf of Panama in the Pacific Ocean. Colon, the country’s second largest city, is located on the Caribbean Coast. Its economy is dependent on traffic through the Panama Canal and business activity in the Colon Free Trade Zone, the largest trade and commerce duty-free zone in the Americas. Chiriqui is the second most developed province in the country after Panama City. Chiriqui is located on the western coast of the country; its capital is the city of David. Chriqui is a popular tourist destination boasting of its natural beauty and high altitudes like those found in the resort town of Boquete.
Population & Language
The population of Panama is approximately 3.9 million, about 64 percent of which is urban. Spanish is the Official language of the country, but many of the people in Panama City, Colón and other main cities speak English. Most businessmen, top government officials and executive staff are fully bilingual.
The Azuero Peninsula
The Azuero Peninsula is the largest peninsula in the Republic of Panama and the southernmost in Central America. It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and west and the Gulf of Panama to the east. It includes all of the provinces of Herrera and Los Santos, and the southeastern part of the province of Veraguas, in the Republic of Panama.
According to the Köppen climate classification, it has a tropical climate of Aw sheets. On the coasts and lowlands there is the dry forest or tropical forest, highly intervened and alternated with extensive savannas. In areas such as Canajagua, El Montuoso and Cerro Hoya, the tropical wet climate is modified by altitude
The most common forest species in the protected area are mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), espavé (Anacardium excelsum), guayacán (Tabebuia guayacan), oak (Tabebuia rosea), hawthorn cedar (Banbacopsis quintatum), ceiba (Ceiba (Ceiba) pentandra) and the belly (Pseudobombax septenatum), among others.
Azuero has a large number of natural spaces and ecosystems of great singularity and environmental value. Its importance and the need to make compatible the conservation of its values and its economic use, have promoted the protection and management of the most representative landscapes and ecosystems of the Azorean territory.
The system of protected areas in Azuero, also has other protected areas, to mention: Cerro Camarón and Cerro Pedregoso Forest Reserve Area, Ciénega de la Macanas Multiple Use Area, El Espinal Corregimiento Coastal Zone Protected Area and Protected Area Coastal Zone of the Cornea of La Enea, El Colmón Communal Forest in Macaracas, Sarigua National Park, El Pezos Wildlife Refuge, Cañas Island Wildlife Refuge, Iguana Island Wildlife Refuge, La Ciénega Wildlife Refuge El Mangle, Pablo Arturo Barrios Wildlife Refuge, Peñón de La Honda Wildlife Refuge, Cerro Borrola Water Production Reserve, Tonosí Forest Reserve and the Cerro Canajagua National Forest, Animal or River Reserve.
A Vibrant Culture
Panama has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. Successive waves of traders, occupiers and colonizers have left their mark. The Panamanian character can be identified by its roots in the European and US legacy of a strong work ethic and powerful ambition, softened by the natural southern tropical temperament. Panamanians are very hospitable and helpful people, exuding the traditional warmth and spontaneity of the region. Christianity plays a major role in the Panamanian culture, with each town and village celebrating the feast day of its patron saint.
Panama offer visitors a unique experience packed with the best of all things in the tropics. Sparkling blue seas, excellent food and a buzzing nightlife have made it a most popular destination. The variety of daytime activities available in Panama compares favorably with many destinations around the world, despite the small size of the country.
Most of the picture-postcard bays are found in the northern part. With warm temperatures and clear waters around the coast you will certainly enjoy a dip in the Pacific or Caribbean – to swim or to explore the thriving marine life. Other activities include horseback riding, rainforest trekking and even skydiving.