By Patricia Katzman
Mom nature has bequeathed Panama with a few lovely spots, wealthy soils and an enormous bio-diversity. White- and black-sand shorelines exchange with mangrove mazes alongside the coast. gleaming wild rivers overflowing with trout run via jungle-clad canyons choked with colourful plant life. Mist-crowned Baru Volcano towers above all of them. This booklet explores each zone from tip to toe, together with the San Blas Islands, offshore Barro Colorado, and concrete Panama urban, gateway for viewers. strolling excursions stopover at historical forts, gold museums, vintage urban parks and bustling crafts markets. distinctive realization is given to the country's nationwide parks.
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Hunted by native peoples – and jaguars – for their meat, these gentle, defenseless herbivores, which can weigh up to 500 pounds, are tottering toward extinction. Most of Panamá’s 350 bat species dine on fruit, small fish or insects. 2 inches/80 mm – feeds on fresh, warm blood. Vampires rarely bother humans but, if you’re camping in the jungle and wake up with an exposed toe trickling blood, you can assume a vampire has enjoyed a midnight snack. No, you won’t turn into a Count (or Countess) Dracula, but may risk an infection.
IPAT can supply you with brochures, maps and other important information. You can call IPAT’s toll-free Tourism Hot Line from the US and Canada, % 800-231-0568. n January Fair of Flowers and Coffee (Boquete, Chiriquí Province, page 256) – Flower farms and coffee plantations surround the little highland town of Boquete in Chiriquí Province. This lovely 10-day fair started out on the Fair of Flowers grounds and has spread through the town. Perfumed flowers of every shade and hue blend with the scent of roasting coffee.
Research facilities throughout the world are continually studying and testing tropical plants that may hold the secret to curing cancer and other devastating diseases. Panamá’s national flower is the beautiful, waxy white orchid called Flor del Espiritú Santo (Flower of the Holy Ghost). n Trees An amazing number of Panamá’s 1,500 identified tree species produce gorgeous flowers and edible fruit. The towering Panama tree grows to 120 feet/36 meters tall and produces a nut-like fruit that possesses medicinal properties.