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Destination: Panama

  • Travelling there: While Panama has four international airports, most flights arrive at Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport (PTY), 35 kilometres from downtown. Panama can also be entered overland, with many travellers taking a bus from Costa Rica.
  • Capital city: Panama City.
  • Population: 3.9 million.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic.
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Currency: United States Dollar (USD), Panamanian Balboa (PAB).
  • Climate: Has a tropical maritime climate, has a long rainy season (May to November) which is cloudy, hot and very humid. The dry season (December to April) is short.
  • Transport: Panama’s Metrobus covers the city and its outskirts. Panama City's Metro system is easy but has a limited route. Taxis and shuttles are generally cheap. There are many domestic flights available. There is a good road system — if feeling adventurous enough, drive the country.
  • Best time to travel: Visit during the summer dry season from mid-December to mid-April. This also corresponds to the high season, so expect higher rates.
  • What to wear: This depends on the location. Panama City being cosmopolitan, most tend to dress smart casual to formal. In the country, clothing is a more casual affair.
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