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Raised by cataclysmic volcanic eruptions millions of years ago Panama is the connection between the continents. An incomplete link in modern transportation because the 40 km roadless stretch in the Darien make it as one of the most difficult and dangerous crossing on the planet. The lack of road is a also a protection against the "narco" traffic from the South together with keeping their southern neighbor, a one time occupier, at bay.
But Panama has it all together with a vibrant economy grace to being the passage of most of the ship cargo around the world. The Panamanians are very proud to tell you that their country is the only in Latin America, or at least in Central America and around, where you can drink the tap water and they serve it in each and every restaurant. The amazing combination of the old and new cannot be better explored elsewhere than in Panama City where to new stretch of high-rises, with sleek and bold architecture lines, however dark at night, are entwined with the tranquil atmosphere of the UNESCO protected "Casco Antiguo". After a hot day, like most of the days in Panama, a stroll in the evening on the quiet streets of the old town is an enchantment taken from an old colonial novel.

Panama was able to preserve on its land a number of indigenous tribes. In the jungle are the Embera, living in an amazing communion with nature and creating spectacular crafts.
Close to the Embera are the Kuna Indians living in the paradisiac archipelago of San Blas, a collection of 400 island surrounded by the crystal clear green and blue waters of the Caribbean, just off the coast in an autonomously region named as Comarca de Kuna Yala, an area where you have to show your passport to enter.
On the opposite site of the country the Ngobe live in the areas around Boquete, a hilly place peppered by coffee plantations, whose history are deeply covered in blood and sweat.

Driving south Santa Catalina is a gem, a forgotten village almost falling into the Ocean that has in its close waters the amazing habitat of Coiba National Park, an island used exclusively as a small penal colony for almost 100 years. Its inaccessibility preserves the a pristine ocean around it with extensive corals and tropical fish like in a giant fish tank. For the escapees the choice was to fight the crocs of the island or the sharks in the Ocean.

But nothing is more Panamanian than the carnival, probably the best in Central America that explode with dance, booze and parties till very late hours of the night in all cities and villages. The most famous is in Las Tablas where the competition between the "calles" can run till the wee hours of the day with floats, queens, dance, music and lots of drinking.

 

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