El único Panamá - Week 48

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Panama is one of the most orchid-rich countries in the world with estimates of up to 1,200 known species! The Orchid Family has the greatest number of plant species in the world with close to 30,000 worldwide. The diversity of orchids is best found in the tropics. However, local orchid populations are in danger of extinction due to the destruction of rain forests, over harvesting and traffickers depriving them of their natural habitat. Panama´s National Flower is an orchid known as the Espiritu Santo Flower (flower of the Holy Spirit). Unfortunately, it is included on the list of endangered plants according to the Washington Trea

El único Panamá - Week 47

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! The Hidden Treasures of El Caño. Dubbed the “Valley of the Kings of Central America” by National Geographic due to the number of tombs, gold, fine ceramics, jewelry and other artifacts, the Parque Arqueológico El Caño is located 18 km west of Penonomé. This Panamanian national treasure comprises at least eight (8) tombs dating 700-1000 AD. Archaeological evidence found at this funerary site is revealing many clues to an ancient society known as the Coclé or “Golden Warriors” that once roamed what is now central Panama. Archaeologists believe that these thousand year-old tombs could be the most significant find for Panamanian cult

El único Panamá - Week 46

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Panama Canal continues to set new records. The Panama Canal reaches new milestones in 2018. In May, the passenger ship, Norwegian Bliss, was the largest to ever transit the waterway. In October, the 2018 fiscal year closed with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), which represents a 9.5 percent increase from the previous year. There was also a successful transit of four liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships in a single day through the Neopanamax Locks, according to www.pancanal.com The Panama Canal opened in 1914 and the expansion in 2016, in order to accommodate New Panamax vessels. It is one of the most

El único Panamá - Week 45

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! See the sunrise on the Pacific Ocean and sunset on the Atlantic Ocean! The formation of the Isthmus of Panama over 2.8 million years ago, is considered one of the greatest natural events of the Cenozoic. The S-shaped isthmus is situated between 7° and 10° north latitude and 77° and 83° west longitude linking Central and South America. The sandy beach coastlines merge into lowlands that give way to the foothills of the inland volcanic mountain ranges and rainforests. Panama boasts over 5,600 kilometers of coastline and more than 1,500 islands, most of them uninhabited.

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