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While Panama is known mostly for its famous canal, the country's natural attractions offer an irresistible lure to far-sighted travelers. This overlooked country offers some of the finest birding, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing in the Americas.
Panama has two seasons. The dry season lasts from January to mid-April and the rainy season from mid-April to December. Rainfall is heavier on the Caribbean side of the highlands, though most people live on or near the Pacific coast.
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Panama City (Spanish: Ciudad de Panamá) is the capital of Panama, located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. Panama City is the political, administrative and cultural center of the country. The city today has numerous tourist attractions including world-class hotels and restaurants.
The city was founded on August 15, 1519, by Pedro Arias de Ávila, also known as Pedrarias Dávila. Within a few years of its founding, the city became a launching point for the exploration and conquest of Peru and a transit point for gold and silver headed back to Spain through the Isthmus.
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A once in a lifetime experience is to through the Panama Canal. Sail end-to-end on the canal, starting from the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks before crossing Gatun Lake on the way to the Atlantic.
The Panama Canal is both an engineering marvel and one of the most significant waterways on earth. Seeing a huge ship nudge its way through the narrow canal, with vast tracts of virgin jungle on both sides, is an unforgettable sight.
Stretching 80km (49mi) from Panama City on the Pacific coast to Colón on the Atlantic side, it provides passage for nearly 14,000 ocean-going vessels per year. The easiest and best way to visit the Canal is to go to the Miraflores Locks, on the northeastern fringe of Panama City.
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