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Basic Description

Panama is a Central American country bordered on the north by the Caribbean Sea, south by the Pacific Ocean, east and west by Colombia and Costa Rica. Its status as a transit country made it  a meeting point of cultures from all  around the world. The country is where the famous Panama Canal is situated, designed to facilitate communication between the coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and influences world trade significantly. Its geographical location is ideal to offer the world a broad platform of marine, comercial and financial services, including the Colon Free Zone, the largest free zone in the continent and the second in the world. One must not forget the beautiful natural supply this small country offers. Bathe in beautiful Caribbean beaches and turquoise crystal clear waters, taste the most varied dishes of the delicious food, witness Panamanian folk dance and  fall in love with this unique and wonderful country.

The best of the country
Food & Drinks 
Panama's cuisine is the result of the influence of different cultures such as Native American, Hispanic, African and Afro-Caribbean, among others. It is characterized by high consumption of rice in various forms and preparations, as well as soup, stew being the most popular.
Music & Dance 
The musical genre the the most representative is Tamborito, but also very popular are el Punto, Cumbia and the Congos.
Plastic Arts 
Panama is not only known for its pre-Columbian art, also has an important museum "Museum of Contemporary Art."
Science and technology 
The Panama Canal is without doubt the country's most famous attraction. You can not lose the opportunity to visit the famous canal that since its foundation has been able to shorten time and distance of maritime communication remarkably encouraging international trade, China and the United States being its most frequent users.
Sports 
Baseball is by far the most popular sport among Panamanians but often they also practice football or tennis.
Spare time 
Panamanians usually go to malls, beaches to relax or just get together to have a good time.
Literature 
Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes wrote the first story written in Panama. However, the first literary pieces, are given in the first half of the seventeenth century with the appearance of the anthology entitled "Cry of Panama to the death of Enrique Enriquez." Despite this, it was not until the mid-nineteenth century where there was greater participation of Panamanian authors.

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Highlights 
Country with an important roll in world trade
Famous for it's typical dances
Very rich gastronomy
The historical centre of Panama was declared World heritage Site by UNESCO
Nice tropical climate the whole year
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