Friendship International Park encompasses 207,000 hectares of nature along the Central Cordillera of the provinces of Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro. The high altitude of the mountainous, originally volcanic, area affords incredible views.
Recognized and protected by UNESCO, this park contains large trees like almonds and ceiba that stand aside various trails, inviting hikers to be immersed in the biodiversity and explore its virtues. This park also safeguards the watersheds of the Teribe and Changuinola rivers, sources of hydroelectric power for Panama City.
Friendship International Park has over 100 species of mammals, 9 species of amphibians, 3 types of snakes, and around 400 species of birds, including the Harpy Eagle and the captivating and brilliantly colored Resplendent Quetzal.
The Hayah International Short Film Festival has announced the films selected for its 8th year in the following categories: Fiction Short Film, Documentary Short, Animated Short, New Directors of Panama Award, and Très Court: Very Short Films (max 3 min), awarded by the Alliance Française.
As of this past Sunday, July 6, Iberia is offering daily direct flights from Madrid to Panama. This represents a 40% increase in aircraft capacity (600 additional seats), bringing the Spanish airline's total availability up to 2,000 people per week.
The centenary of the Panama Canal has become one of the most transcendental moments in the history of this Central American country and the world at large. The 2014 anniversary celebration is slated for August 15, the historic day when the ship S.S. Ancón crossed the Canal for the first time, and it will take place a hundred years after the construction of this extraordinary work of engineering that has made it one of the main shipping lanes in the world.
According to the Agency for Promotion of Investments and Exports (Proinvex), Panama has greater potential and comparative advantages in several sectors, among them tourism for its legal security and transparency generated by an effective public administration.
Panama is one of the most dynamic emerging economies in the world. It is also a rich mine of opportunities for European companies. The ever-changing capital of Panama City is an accurate reflection of the country. Over the last five years Panama has grown annually by 10%. This small country of 3,600,000 inhabitants is among the top five best performers among world economies.