The southernmost country in Central America, nestled between Colombia and Costa Rica, the Republic of Panama is known for its tropical climate, vast biodiversity and gorgeous landscape. It is home to the largest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere outside the Amazon Basin and possibly the greatest work of engineering carried out in the twentieth century — the Panama Canal. Panama offers a variety of ways to enjoy its balmy weather and natural surroundings, from relaxing activities including lounging on the beach and playing golf to river rafting, climbing volcanoes, surfing and extreme sports such as paragliding and rappelling. Read through our travel guide to find attractions and events in Panama.
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TRAVEL FEATURE Pacific Explorer Cruise
Experience untouched Costa Rican nature and the Panama Canal on this small yet intimate cruise from Cruise West, where fresh ingredients — and food for thought — replace fancy ballrooms and glitzy entertainment.
RUM TIMES THREE Ron Abuelo Rum Today, the third generation of the Varela family has more than 2,000 acres of land used to cultivate sugar cane to produce Panamanian spirits. We sampled a trio of Ron Abuelo dark oak cask-aged rums, each made from fermented sugar cane honeys grown and processed by the distiller.
PARTY ON Carnival in Panama Much like Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Panama's Carnival is a four-day party with parades, floats, masks, costumes and confetti. Celebrations can be found in towns across the country, but the largest are in Panama City and Las Tablas.
LISTEN AND LEARN Panama Jazz Festival The annual Panama Jazz Festival is a celebration of this soulful genre and an opportunity to share it with the masses. The goal of the festival is to entertain and educate through concerts and classes.
For more information, visit the official website of the Republic of Panama at www.visitpanama.com.