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Famous for the channel that links the North Atlantic Ocean with the North Pacific Ocean via the Caribbean Sea, there's certainly much more to Panama than being one of the world's most important shipping routes and a major hub for international trade and commerce. Discover the glistening gems that shine right beneath the trendy cosmopolitan surface and meet the thriving indigenous tribes that haven't changed their way of life for centuries. Be amazed at the incredibly diverse flora and fauna and dive deep into the crystalline, water-sport-ready waters. This is a place of wonder and stark contrasts.

Introducing Panama

Dubbed the "Crossroads of America" due to its unique geographical position dividing (and at the same time linking) North America and South America, Panama is well-known for being the isthmus that connects the two massive sub-continents. But beyond its key location amidst two giant neighbours, this is a country that won't stop surprising you in more than one way.

Rapidly becoming an emerging destination thanks to the ease of travel, the many flight connections and the wide variety of attractions, Panama is bursting with new experiences for all kinds of visitors. In a short trip you can enjoy two different oceans, totally different landscapes, from mountains to rainforest and vibrant city life to beautiful national parks and protected indigenous areas.

While the capital is a chic and modern hub resembling Miami with well-established commerce, dining and fashion outlets, beyond Panama City lies an eclectic world of colour with pristine beaches, mountainous terrain and lush rainforests to discover. As a matter of fact, the indigenous meaning behind the country's name translates as "abundance of fish", a clear indicator of Panama's reputation as a paradise for water sports lovers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Be let in on a secret that won't stay that way for long

On first impressions you could easily be fooled into thinking Panama is all about capital and commerce - this might certainly be how the country is viewed by many outsiders, but that's only a superficial façade. Scratch the surface and you'll find customs that have remained intact throughout hundreds of years, with indigenous tribes living in the same way their ancestors once did. This is the real Panama, just as the Spanish "conquistadors" once found it – raw and beautiful.

Unaffected by tourist crowds and large masses of visitors, Panama still remains a little-discovered gem by travellers. So go and see it now, before it soon changes. Years away from the fast-paced development present in Costa Rican beach towns, Panama has plenty off-the-beaten-path destinations to attract real adventurers.

This emerging tourist destination has only been recently covered in publishing guides like National Geographic, Fodors and Frommers, so it's not likely to stay a secret for long. Come and discover its raw splendour now before it soon changes and becomes yet another Central American resort with all the expected tourist trappings.

An eco-tourists' dream and an adventurer's delight

Even when the Panama canal has defined the country for over a century, what lies beyond this masterpiece of engineering is nothing short of spectacular. Panama's desirable assets are an eco-tourists' wildest fantasy and they include desert archipelagos, volcanoes, virgin beaches and foggy highlands. Bird watchers are also in for a treat as Panama has recently been named the country with most bird species in the world.

Start off discovering the wonder that is the Archipielago de las Perlas, a destination in its own right that could occupy your entire holiday in Panama. Here you'll discover heaven on earth in the form of hundreds of tiny islets and islands, 90 of which are named and over 100 of which are unnamed and totally uninhabited. Here you will find many palatial mansions of the rich and famous and this was also the site of the American TV show "Survivor".

If the powdery soft sands and crystalline turquoise waters of desert islands don't quench your thirst for wild adventure, then the scenic trekking opportunities on the country's only volcano at Parque Nacional Volcan Baru certainly will. Or perhaps you'd prefer an insightful cultural encounter with the Kuna, one of Central America's most independent indigenous groups, who live autonomously in one of the Americas' last true frontiers, the infamous Darien Province and in the Comarca de Kuna Yala. The cultural opportunities here are truly mind-blowing and discovering Panama's unique cultural fabric and ancient heritage promises to be an eye-opening experience.

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