As the bridge between the two Americas and the meeting place between two oceans, nowhere else will you find so much crammed into such a small place as in Panama.
Between the two coasts, you can find all of Latin American life. The northern coast offers a real Caribbean experience with bass-heavy reggae blasting until the early hours, while just an hour away on the Pacific coast, traditional Latin American culture reigns. You can easily surf in the Pacific in the morning and enjoy the sunset over the Caribbean in the evening.
Panama City is cosmopolitan and has developed into a service city alongside the canal and its international crowd. National motto “Pro Mundi Beneficio” means “for the benefit of the world” and this spirit is evident in the Panamanian welcome. You can buy anything and everything in the upmarket boutiques or head for a glamorous night out in the many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. People like to party in Panama. Carnival here is like the Rio Carnival left out in the Caribbean sun to boil down and become spicier, hotter and more intense!
But just a short drive from the most impressive urban skyline in Latin America takes you to some of the most diverse countryside in Latin America, with rainforests, lush valleys, striking mountains and exotic wildlife in abundance. Capuchin Monkeys, White-tailed Deer, Sloths, Orchids and the Harpy Eagle are all preserved in the thin bridge between the Americas. Mountains and rain forests sit inland, while both coasts are lined with the kind of deserted sandy beaches that just don’t exist anywhere else.
Panama’s untouched jungles and undeveloped coastline are as close as you will find to Eden on Earth. Learn Spanish in Panama and fall in love with a truly unique country.