Panama offers mix of old and new

4th Apr 2013

Sun-seeking tourists are being urged to consider a holiday in Panama for a mix of history, nature and modern life.

Tourism chiefs in Panama believe their Central American country is one of the best-kept secrets in travel with plenty to offer holidaymakers.

There is the busy capital Panama City with a skyscraper-filled skyline, alongside sights which reveal Panama's history.

The heart of the old town - Casco Viejo - is UNESCO World Heritage-listed with its cobblestone streets and Mediterranean-style courtyards with al-fresco dining.

Those looking to go to Panama are recommended to take a canal cruise to get a feel for the place and to explore the country without the hassle and challenges of other types of travel.

The coastline offers white sandy beaches with clear blue seas while those wanting to discover some unusual and exotic wildlife can head to the jungle environment of the cloud forests.

Tourists can take a bird-spotting trip with a difference at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, with an aerial tram which goes through the canopy allowing them to get a good look at a number of unusual birds.

At the remote San Blas Islands, visitors can find out more about local culture by visiting a Kuna village to see how the Kuna, skilled artisans who carry out intricate embroidery, live. And in the Darien province, the traditional ways of life continue with communities like the Embera.

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