Private guides and guided tours in Panama
Private guides in Panama
Birding Panama is a company run by birders; specialists in birding and natural history. We organize all inclusive programs and day tours. We arrange private birding trips and bird photography tours to the best sites of Panama.
Currency: US dollar (USD)
CAPITAL CITY OF Panama: Panama
LANGUAGE OF Panama: Spanish
CURRENCY OF Panama: US dollar (USD)
COMMENTS ABOUT Panama:
Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is the southernmost country of Central America.
Cities: Panama City (capital), Colón, David, Gamboa
Best Places : Bocas Del Toro, Isla Colon, Boquete, Cerro Punta, Contadora, El Valle, Isla Grande, Pearl Islands, Pedasi, Portobelo, San Blas Islands, Taboga
Electricity : 120V/60Hz (USA plug)
Calling Code : +507
Time Zone : UTC-5
With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. On 7 September 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of 1999. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the intervening years. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were turned over to Panama by or on 31 December 1999.
CLIMATE OF Panama: Tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; prolonged rainy season, called winter or invierno (May to January); short dry season, called summer or verano (January to May)
RELIGION OF Panama: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 15%
POPULATION OF Panama: 3,000,463 (July 2004 est.)>>>
ECONOMY OVERVIEW OF Panama: Panama's dollarised economy rests primarily on a well-developed services sector that accounts for three-fourths of GDP. Services include operating the Panama Canal, banking, the Colon Free Zone, insurance, container ports, flagship registry, and tourism. A slump in Colon Free Zone and agricultural exports, the global slowdown, and the withdrawal of US military forces held back economic growth in 2000-03. The government has been backing public works programs, tax reforms, new regional trade agreements, and development of tourism in order to stimulate growth. Unemployment remains at an unacceptably high level.