My Travels in Panama

Darién, rainforest reserve in Panamá.

Darien,  Republic of Panamá.Map of Darien Province, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living

This province is situated on the border with Colombia, and the center is La Palma.  Weather is around 70° to 87°.  It´s also known as “Tapón del Darién”, because of its extensive and prime mountainous rainforest and jungle.  Its geography,  with lots of high volume rivers like the “Chucunaque” and “Tuira”, heavy jungle, national park and waterfalls, do not permit the...

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Barro Colorado, a Worldwide Research Center in Panamá

Barro Colorado…  bird watching and scientific research center.
The 1,560 hectare (3,854 acres; a little over 6 square miles) island of Barro Colorado is situated in the man-made Baro Colorado Research Station Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingGatun Lake, in the middle of the Panama Canal.  This island is the primary site of the Smithsonian Institute for the study of tropical forests.  The Smithsonian also has additional land adjacent, which, together with Barro Colorado island totals...

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Early Impressions of Panama -- from 2007

Many people have this idea that Panama is a backward place with grinding poverty, poor infrastructure, political instability and lots of risk for investors. In fact, while there is poverty there in relative terms, the people are happy, relaxed, friendly and open. Much of the country is pretty much like parts of California or the American south, and was so, long before swarms of gringos arrived at the start of the current economic boom. 

What is happening in Panama is truly...

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North and South America were divided by the sea, until the Isthmus of Panama was created three million years ago. It was the biggest and reportedly the most significant geological event in 60 million years. Prior to that date as the Earth's plates began to join, the Pearl Islands emerged from the sea. Indigenous tribes lived on many of the Pearl Islands, including Contadora, and Pre-Columbian artifacts have been found there. The biggest island in the chain is Isla del Rey where more...

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Historical Ft. San Lorenzo, Colón, Panamá

Fort San Lorenzo, Colon, Panama

Continuing with the history of the beautiful Fort Lorenzo in Colon Panama, looking towards the sea – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingCaribbean ocean coast of Panama, one of the oldest tourist sites is the San Lorenzo Fort, near Portabelo and Fort Sherman, built by King Felipe II, from Spain in 1598, situated at the entrance of the large Chagres River, in the province of Colon, Republic of Panama.

San Lorenzo Fort was declared a Patrimony for the Humanity by UNESCO in 1980 for several reasons, including it being historically...

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A Trip to The Atlantic - Fort Sherman Panama

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One of the best things about moving to Panama is that I have met and I am now friends with people who I would have been likely to even meet at a coffee shop back in Toronto. My group of amigos range from 30 years to 65+ years in age and come from all walks of life and corners of the earth. In the last few months a group of these "unlikely's" as I would call them got together with a common interest and goal of completing a series of Triathlons in Panama. It really happened at a...

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Medical Services in Panamá for Tourists

I just want to bring up some information that very few visiting Panamá are aware of.
If you are a visitor, for the first 30 days, you are 100% covered with medical services, totally free of charge.  This is a courtesy service  provided by the Tourism Department.
This free coverage includes home (hotel) visits, hospital, or whatever you need to get better, and doctors speak English.
Even if your health...

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Panama and The Theory of Relativity / "Panama East"

Reprinted with permission from Bob Adams of Retirement Wave
A Voyage to Another Galaxy
I am very fortunate. A few months ago, I had the chance to visit a planet in a galaxy a thousand light-years from ours. The planet I visited was a little like Earth, but it was also a little like Mars, what Earthlings often call "the Red Planet", only the red was much stronger.
Panama City Panama at sunset – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI stood on a balcony of a building on the top of a hill, looking down on the alien...

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Presidential Palace In Panama

In Panama City, there is one place that is Presidential Palace Casco Viejo Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingnot normally included in general city tours; the Presidential Palace (located in Casco Viejo), a recently renovated, beautiful old building that offers every visitor a significant part of history.  A unique place to visit, totally free.  All you have to do is send a note in advance, with names and passport numbers (for security reasons), and request a specific date. They will reply with confirmation, or...

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Our Fun Family Camping Trip In Panama

Shortly after Any (my wife) and I finished building our new home in Panama, Any's  three children and her mother came for a visit from Colombia.  We had a great visit for Christmas and the New year at our home on the Caribbean side of Panama.
It was a little bit confusing for me, but no big deal (because of the language differences) and we settled in as a bigger family.  It was fun and interesting for me and I enjoyed her children very much.  I decided that since...

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