El único Panamá - Week 4

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Fires but not Wildfires! Photo:newsroompanama During summer or dry season it is common to see smoke and soot in the air as farmers and home owners burn their fields to remove unwanted plants and shrubs in a quick, cheap and easy manner. These are often referred to as 'prescribed burns'. Some say they improve the health of the field by returning nutrients to the land. Since Panamanian houses are constructed of concrete block and tin roofs house fires are rare. No one seems to get excited if it is in a field or woods without homes, the fire just buns itself out. On occasion the Bomberos de Panama will be called to contain a fire

5 Things to Do Before You Go To Panama

So you’re on your way to Panama to check it out or to live the lifestyle you have always dreamed of and deserve. Here are some things I have found that will help make your life easier — especially if you do them before you go to Panama. Photo: Maudy Bom 1. Unlock your cellphone So what does that mean? Years ago, the wireless carriers started a marketing strategy of covering the cost of a new cell phone if the customer committed to a one or two year contact with their service. To avoid having customers jump to another carrier they designed a way to ‘lock’ the phone to their particular service, such as Verizon or AT&T. This lock is known by several names, “SIM Lock”, “Sub Lock” or “SPC Lock

El único Panamá - Week 3

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! With nearly 1,000 bird species, Panama is a world-class destination for bird watchers and ecotourists. It hosts more bird species than all of North America. You can spot the tiny Volcano Hummingbird to the stolid Harpy Eagle, the largest bird of prey on the continent with a history of prominence among the ancient deities. Over one third of Panama is dedicated National Park land, providing habitat to some of the most sought after species including; the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-wattled Bellbird, Sapayoa, Brown-backed Dove, Great-green Macaw, Black-tipped Cotinga, and the endemic Coiba Spinetail. The millions of shorebirds an

El único Panamá - Week 2

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Photos: Panamameansbusiness Panama has the distinction as the "Hub of the Americas" due to the significant role in international logistics, trade and travel. The Panama Canal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is one of the largest and longest man made structures in the world. Connecting the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean it is a logistics hub and key conduit for international maritime trade with almost 14,000 vessels transiting the canal each year. Tocumen International Airport, currently being updated and expanded has over 100 flights on around a half-dozen carriers that fly in and out facilitating the process

El único Panamá - Week 1

Welcome to our new weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama. For a Panama citizen to get a drivers license a driving road test is not required. The candidate must take and pass a parking test. If a person does not have access to a car there are people at the testing station who rent cars to candidates for a minimal fee so they can take their test. Every car in Panama must have 3rd party liability insurance. This means that the car is insured but not the owner or driver. Word of the Week: licencia (license)

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