Panama: how does this country live?

The Republic of Panama is the last, most southern state on a narrow strip of land that separates South America from the North. On the one hand – the Pacific Ocean, on the other – the Caribbean Sea. The population is only 3.5 million people. At the same time, Panama is picturesque and diverse and, of course, strikingly different from neighboring countries. The standard of living here is much higher, especially in the capital, and not so much because of the abundance of tourists, but thanks to the famous Panama Canal, which cuts the sea route from New York to San Francisco by almost 2.5 times.

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Panama City – without exaggeration the most civilized capital of Central America: with eighty-story skyscrapers, clean streets, multi-level transport interchanges and separate garbage collection.

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Sometimes the only thing that reminds where you are is the old painted American school buses, the sellers of sweets, bananas and lottery tickets and, of course, the voiced and fluent spoken Spanish around.

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Not far from the embankment, built-up glazed skyscrapers, is the Old Town. Here are more familiar landscapes: endless narrow streets, shacks, painted in different colors, picturesque colonial architecture.

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The Pan-American highway breaks off in a Panamanian village called Puerto-Obaldia and resumes only in Colombia. The 87 kilometers of the Darieni gap (impassable jungles where Indian settlements are occasionally found) are always waiting for travelers.

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In the absence of a road, there are several ways to get to Colombia. For example, on a tourist yacht or by plane. The cheapest option is to fly to Puerto-Obaldia, from where two boats can reach the Colombian port of Turbo.

Bocas del Toro

And this Bocas del Toro is a paradise in the north of Panama. Also on these islands unfolded action of one of the most famous novels of Jack London “Hearts of Three”.\\

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The islands of Bocas del Toro are inundated by tourists at any time of the year. The main and largest island of the archipelago is called Colon.

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The Panama Canal connects the Panama Gulf of the Pacific and the Caribbean Sea of the Atlantic Ocean. The length of the canal is 81.5 kilometers, while almost 65 kilometers run on land, the rest – along Panama and Limon Bay.

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The construction of the canal has become one of the most difficult projects in history. The appearance of the channel changed the world economy. By the way, the maximum size of the vessel that can pass through the canal has become almost the standard in shipbuilding and has been named Panamax.

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In Panama, there is an indigenous population – the Indians. One of the largest ethnic groups is the kuna. The Kuna Indians own the San Blas archipelago, which is located on the Atlantic side of the country, and on the “mainland” the kuna is traded with embroidery and other souvenirs.

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