Panama has something for everyone – a cosmopolitan capital city, rainforests, and some of the world’s finest beaches, snorkeling, birding, and deep sea fishing in the world. While the country has primarily been known for its canal, it has quickly gained popularity as a destination for relaxing vacations, ecotourism, retirement, and investment.
Panama is a prosperous country with a thriving economy and a significant Spanish legacy that welcomes visitors enthusiastically. Having always been known as a crossroads between cultures, the country has earned the nickname “melting pot”. With a population of various ethnic backgrounds, Panama is rich in culture and traditions, respected by both Panamanians and visitors alike.
History of Panama
Since the 16th century, Panama has been a highly strategic location for trade and commerce in the New World. Attracting pirates, buccaneers, explorers, and a variety of wealth seekers over the centuries, the country has a unique, eclectic history all its own.
After being under Spanish rule for over three centuries, Panama became a part of modern Columbia in 1830. The nation gained full independence in 1903 with the help of the United States which had strategic interests in the region because of the construction of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal Zone was completed in 1914 and remained under full American control until 1939 and under partial control until the end of 1999.
Panama had relative political stability for several decades until General Omar Torrijos Herrera led a military coup in 1968 to take over the government. He led the country until 1981 when he was killed in a plane crash. During the majority of the 1980s, General Manuel Noriega, the Head of the Armed Forces ran Panama. The General was suspected of having involvement in drug trafficking, and because of this, US/Panama relations became very strained.
In May 1989, the outcome of the Panamanian presidential election escalated the tension between the two countries. The opposition candidate, Guillermo Endara Galimany was elected by popular vote, but Noriega and his forces intervened with force to maintain power. In December 1989, the United States invaded Panama to secure control of the country and capture Noriega. The General was subsequently tried, convicted, and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Guillermo Endara Galimany was placed as the new leader of the new administration.
Under the terms of an agreement by the Panamanians and the US Carter administration in 1980, the Canal Zone was returned to Panama in 1999, the same year that the country’s first female president, Elisa Moscoso Rodriguez was elected.
Where to Go with Panama Luxury Limo
As the land link between North and South America, Panama runs approximately 480 miles (772 km) in length and 37 to 110 miles (60 to 177 km) wide. The landscape is varied with mountains, lowlands, rolling hills, beaches, rainforests, and urban areas. The Panama Canal stretches over 40 miles (65 km) through a gap between the Cordillera de Talamanca and the San Blas mountain range. Because of the variety of cultures and landscapes, there is a tremendous amount of places to go and things to do in Panama.
Limousine Service To Panama City
Panama’s capital city is an adventure not to be missed. A hybrid of colonial Spanish influences mixed with modern city life, Panama City is full of charm and character. The old historic portion of the city, known as Casco Viejo, is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site – known for its cobble-stoned streets, colonial buildings, and large plaza. The city is also home to several notable museums, colorful outdoor markets, ornate churches and cathedrals, as well as Fort Lorenzo which was sacked and looted in 1671 by the Welsh buccaneer Henry Morgan. Panama Luxury Limousine offers a variety of tours in and around Panama City.
To learn more about touring the city with Panama Limo, follow this link: www.visitpanama.com/html/historia.php
Limousine Service To The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is located 50 miles (80 km) west of Panama City and is the country’s number one tourist attraction. The scenery alongside the canal is beautiful, and for those who have an interest in engineering and mechanics, a trip to this “wonder of the world” is simply unforgettable. Both day and overnight trips to the canal can be arranged.
For more information about the Panama Canal, follow this link: www.pancanal.com/eng/anuncios/cvm/index.html
Panama Limousine Service To Portobelo
Located 30 miles (48 km) east of the city of Colon, Portobelo is one of Panama’s most popular sites for visitors. The former Spanish garrison town boasts three large stone forts that guarded the entrance to the harbor, as well as an old cannon, a treasure house, and several other historic 17th and 18th century military fortifications.
For more information on touring this area with Panama Limo, follow this link: www.escapeartist.com/efam/62/Visiting_Portobello.html
Panama Limousine Service To The Rainforests
Panama has a vast amount of attractions for nature lovers, including rainforests that support a wide array of flora and fauna. The Soberania National Park, located only 25 miles (40 km) from Panama City covers 55,000 acres, and is particularly popular with birdwatchers because of the abundance of exotic species such as motmots, toucans, flycatchers, and hawks. The park is also home to white-faced capuchin monkeys, mantled howler monkeys, tamarins, sloths, anteaters, coatis, and agoutis.
Panama Limousine Tour Of Pedasi And The Azuero Peninsula
The Pedasi Peninsula, also commonly referred to as the “Tuna Coast” is a paradise for those who love to fish. Located at the southern tip of the Azuero Peninsula, the small coastal fishing village has also become popular with Hollywood jetsetters, investors, retirees, and tourists who appreciate the region’s friendly locals, mild weather, and strong Spanish colonial influences. Many compare Pedasi to the Guanacaste province in Costa Rica and consider it a prime opportunity for investors looking to purchase affordable oceanfront land in Central America. Panama Luxury Limousine offers tours of both Pedasi and the entire Azuero Peninsula. It is one of the most popular tours by limo in Panama.