Interesting facts about Panama

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Panama is a tropical paradise that serves as a gate between the Atlantic and the Pacific, so it is a very popular destination among travelers. This country has everything for its visitors: a very modern city, beautiful beaches and virgin jungles. Panama is known especially for its free zone, called Colon Free Zone, where there is a total exemption from Income Tax, and for its well-known Panama Canal.
But there are also many curiosities that we are sure you do not know. Here we bring you a list of 10 curiosities about Panama:

1. The sunrise by an ocean and the sunset by another Panama is located on the Central American isthmus, has the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Due to its curvature it is the only country in the world where you can observe the sun at sunrise over the Pacific Ocean and at sunset you see it over the Atlantic Ocean.

2. The famous Panama hat is not from Panama The popular Panama hat is not indigenous to Panama, but from Ecuador! These traditional wing hats made of toquilla straw, arrived in Panama from Ecuador by ships to be distributed around the world. It was given the name "Panama hat" because of the place where they were marketed and not because of their place of origin.

3. A jungle within the city Panama is the only country in the world where the rainforest is located 10 minutes from the modern capital. There is also about 30% of the national territory that is covered by different types of natural reserves. In view of the proximity to the city, there is easy access to national parks, some of which are rainforests where you can see a great variety of flora and fauna. Many of these parks have been declared a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Sites.

4. The largest free zone in America The famous Colon Free Zone is located a few kilometers from the Panama Canal, in the Caribbean province of Colon. Few people who visit this busy commercial area know that they are in the largest free zone in America and the second largest in the world. In the Colon Free Zone, warehouses, port systems and traffic are constantly being built and modernized for any type of merchandise, so it always remains at the forefront of modern technology and ready to offer visitors the best services.

5. Panama offers free medical insurance 30 days Panama offers tourists free medical insurance for 30 days. You only have to present your passport in the medical center and you can receive medical attention in case of an emergency. This insurance covers, among other things, hospitalization and medical expenses caused by accidents and dental emergencies, among others. However, it does not cover injuries caused by negligence related to alcohol or drugs.

6. Skyscrapers everywhere The economic and social growth of Panama has led to the construction of a considerable amount of modern buildings on the shore of the bay. An incredible landscape that you can appreciate in all its splendor from the old town, on the other side of the bay or from one of the hills of the Metropolitan Park.

7.The Golden Frog The golden frog of Panama is a small and striking frog endemic to the country. It is beautiful and with bright colors ... but be careful, do not let yourself be carried away because they are poisonous. This animal is currently in danger of extinction and is so distinctive of the area that its image is used as a cultural symbol of the country with which good luck is represented. 

8. Panama has more birds than the United States and Canada together Panama has an incredible variety of birds, to be such a small country with 976 species of birds, which exceeds the number of birds from the United States and Canada together. This is because Panama is located between North and South America.

9. It has a crater located The Valley of Anton is a population of 7,000 inhabitants nestled in a the crater of an inactive volcano.

10. In Panama you will always receive your glass of ice water as soon as you enter, without you asking for it. Of course it's free. It is grateful enough for the high temperatures and humidity that reigns in the street.  
 
You know a little more about this beautiful country. Panama is not just the channel and the Colon Free Zone, there are many beauties to discover and many things to do Enjoy Panama!