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Notebook of Panama July 2016

July 21st, 2016
Aerial view of Agua Clara locks on the Atlantic side.

Canal expansion

The Panama Canal’s third set of locks was opened officially on June 26th, 2016, when the “Andronikos”, a container ship measuring 300m in length with a gross tonnage of 94,300 tons transited for the first time, converting this tiny country into the most important shipping and logistics hub of the region.… Read the rest

A personal tourist guide in your phone

April 20th, 2016
La nueva aplicación para móviles “LiveWalk PTY”

The new mobile app, “Live Walk PTY”, provides a new and exciting way to see the historic sites in Casco Antiguo. It offers a personalized tour, with audio and images, which tells events of the past, the places where they occurred and the protagonists.

The project seeks to encourage walking tours, while strengthening the ties between the younger generation and the events that shaped the nation’s history.… Read the rest

New transport service for visitors in Panama Viejo

April 19th, 2016
Touristas esperan abordar el tram.

A new transport service, is operating in Panama Viejo to make the tour through the old colonial city a more enjoyable experience. It consists of a tram with 44 comfortable seats, a silent engine and two open carriages so that passengers can get on and off more easily and tour the historical sites at their own leisure.… Read the rest

Coastal Strip for cycling, skating or eating

April 19th, 2016
La Cinta costera, un buen lugar para ejercitarce

The Coastal Strip, since it was completed in 2009, has become a favorite place for Panamanians and foreigners, who go there to exercise, play games or just to have a good time with the family. But the Coastal Strip is more than a park, it is a place where events such as Carnival, concerts and parades take place and now, on Sundays from 6:00 a.m.… Read the rest

Ron Abuelo

July 22nd, 2015
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Taste the tradition

Ron Abuelo, the connoisseur’s rum of Panama, produced in the historic Azuero Peninsula, is as much part of the culture and folklore of the country as the pollera and the devil masks which also have their origins in the area.  This is why Varela Hermanos, S.A., the distillery which produces Ron Abuelo, decided to open their installations as a tourist attraction.… Read the rest

Notebook – Vol. 40#2

July 17th, 2014
Panama Metro – primero en Centroamérica

Metro – catching up

The first line of the London Underground was opened in 1863. A century and a half later the first trains of Panama’s City’s new Metro began running. We’re catching up.

This is the frst metro system in Central America and has come none too soon in view of the traffc congestion caused by the enormous growth of the high-rise city in the past two decades.… Read the rest

Paddling in a water wonderland

March 11th, 2013
Con dos océanos y lagos inmensos, probablemente no haya mejor lugar en el mundo para practicar kayak que Panama

A new sport has recently been introduced to Panama and one of the interesting things about it is that it runs the gamut from extreme sport to fun with the family. Kayak paddling has arrived and it’s home is Panama Paddle Center which provides a well-stocked shop, a club and an information center.… Read the rest

Panama City gets a Tryp by Wyndham

March 9th, 2013
Tryp by Windham Panama Centro Hotel en El Cangrejo, Bella Vista

Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with over 7,170 hotels, announced the debut of its select-service TRYP by Wyndham™ hotel brand in Panama City with the opening of its first hotel in the country, the newly constructed 92-room TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro.

The brand currently has 14 hotels in Latin America throughout Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.… Read the rest

Cheap and Happy

March 8th, 2013

Panama seems to be more than ever in the international spotlight these days. Among last year’s accolades was the New York Times’ vote for Panama as the number one tourist destination. This year, the U.S. television network ABC made major news of the results of a Gallup Poll that concludes that, as a group, Latin Americans ranked as the world’s happiest people, but Panamanians took the cake, getting 85 points out of 100, thus officially becoming the world’s happiest people.… Read the rest

Cruising Latin America’s Pacific Coast

March 8th, 2013
Nuevo Puerto de Cruceros en el Pacífico de Panamá

The recent announcement of a planned new cruise port on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal is very significant for the cruise ship industry. The Caribbean is and will remain a top cruise destination out of Miami but the Pacific coast of Latin America is almost virgin territory for the giant floating hotels.… Read the rest


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