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Spirit of the Isthmus: By SILVANA PATERNOSTRO

Travel & TourismI think Panama will never be Costa Rica, although Panama clearly surpasses it in natural beauty. Costa Rica is an unambiguous magnet for ecotourists; Panama is too hard to categorize. It's a laboratory for scientists; a private Xanadu for the jet set; a moneymaker to real estate developers; and, yes, a money hider. Panama would like to become a place where people go to forget about their lives and see birds. But that is all pretense. As I stand on the corner of Avenida Espaņa and Calle Argentina, an ugly intersection far from the charm of the Casco Viejo and the beauty of Coiba, I realize Panama is uncontrollable; it is a place that serves as a thoroughfare. Panama has a canal mentality - it lets anyone and anything move through it, as long as they pay. While some visit Panama for the birds, and many more will, many still go for the paradox.

http://travel2.nytimes.com/2005/11/20/travel/tmagazine/20T-PANAMA.html?pagewanted=1
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The Perfect Panama - By Kat Edwards

Travel & TourismI spent a week in Panama in March. I used Lonely Planet as my guidebook, as it was the only one available at the time. It is an excellent guide to an excellent adventure. The first night I spent in Casco Viejo, in Panama City, eating at an "Expensive" French restaurant. Though my 4-course dinner only cost about $30, it was an extravagant purchase in such Panama, where the normal dinner will cost you less then $2.00. On the second day I rented a car and drove to El Valle. Though you can take the buses, or Diablo Rojas (red Devils) to El Valle for about $2.00, renting a car allowed me to stop along the inter American for amazing, and authentic Panamaminian cuisine, and to take pictures of the mountains, and explore little towns along the Inter-American.
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Panama Tourism Increases

Travel & Tourism Panama, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The number of visitors to Panama increased 6.5 percent between January and September, encouraging news for the national ministry of the tourist industry. According to Panamanian Institute of Tourism (IPAT), headed by singer-songwriter Ruben Blades, visitors reached 719,282 people by September, the highest significant increase in the year until now, 26 (%) greater than in 2004. The Republic General Control Office informed that visitors spent 565 million dollars. Panama could achieve a million tourists this year from cruise travelers and if there is better attention to visitors at Tocumen Airport, where most travelers arrive.
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Want to visit Panama? Enter the Miami Metrozoo Rainforest Contest

Travel & Tourism MIAMI -- We'd like to tell you about an exciting opportunity for South Florida middle school students. NBC 6 and the Miami Metrozoo are having an essay contest. One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to the Republic of Panama, to visit the magnificent rainforests and much more. This is an essay contest for all public middle school students in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The subject of the essay is "Why I dream of going to a rainforest." The essay should be a maximum of 500 words and must be received by Ron Magill at Miami Metrozoo, by Dec. 1, 2005.
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Latin Music 'Boss' Sings Virtues of New Tourism Spot

Travel & Tourism BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 2005--Ruben Blades, renowned singer, composer, actor, and politician, will receive an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown tonight for his contributions to Latin music over his lifetime. The honorary degree recognizes Blades' versatility and renaissance spirit as a man who has recorded over 20 albums, won seven Grammy awards, appeared in 32 films, founded a political party in Panama, and run for President of Panama. His works include the best-selling salsa single in history, Pedro Navaja, and leading roles in such films as The Milagro Beanfield War and the HBO film Dead Man Out - for which he won the Cable ACE Award for Best Actor.
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Living with Pirates

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Modern day pirates can be found all over the world, but on Taboga they easily drop their guard for an ice-cold beer.

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Panama Bay Protected for Millions of Migrating Shorebirds

Travel & TourismPANAMA CITY, Panama, October 18, 2005 (ENS) - Shorebirds, hawks and songbirds winging their way on a 20,000 mile round trip from pole to pole at heights of 20,000 feet, stop to feed and rest at Panama Bay. Counts of shorebirds along the Panama coast at times are among the highest in the Western Hemisphere. Today, the Upper Bay of Panama won a conservation status that ensures the migrating birds will be able to rest and feed there for generations.
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Visiting Panama Nov-April?

Travel & TourismTO EDITOR of PG: recommend following article or something similar,also add the dates on your calendar (of holidays(religious and other that involve closings-employees/construction /government/workers off)-when 13th month due-Many people come to Panama during these dates because they are off in their own countries, only to find that Panama is a mad-house or non-working when they(tourists, potential immigrants,etc) can't do business because places are closed.
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Bocas roads are for the crocodiles!

Travel & TourismThe roads are so bad in Bocas! A two mile stretch of road can take 20 min. or more on the Bluff beach road, that is if you have a four wheel drive...other lower cars cannot make it at all. The water filled holes are in some places three feet deep, and you have to know where to navigate through the puddles to avoid the deep ones. For a couple of months, there have been piles and piles of coral-rock fill sitting beside the holes compliments of the local citizens, and I hear the alcalde. (But I dont believe he had much to do with it.) We all wish we could help the rocks get into the holes, but hey, who has a road grader at one's disposal? Tomorrow the Chacon company says they will help the road by spreading the fill. We shall see. I for one will help pay for this... thankyou to Chacon and everyone else who contributes.
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New B&B in the Town of Gamboa

Travel & TourismA new private personalized Bed & Breakfast facility is now available in the Town of Gamboa.for those visitors looking for a more down to earth stay.
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