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Transcript of Panamá
Panamá, Where memories are made and friends are gained
Capital - Panamá City
Size - 106.2 square miles
Population - 3.802 million people (2012)
Languages - Spanish (official) and English (14%)
Religions - Roman Catholic (85%) and Protestant (15%)
Economy - Crops : bananas, rice, corn, coffee, sugarcane, vegetables, livestock and shrimp. Industries : construction, brewing, cement and other construction materials and sugar milling
Government - constitutional democracy
Current Leader - Ricardo Martinelli
Currency - Panamanian Balboa
Current Exchange Rate - One Balboa is one U.S. Dollar
Climate - tropical maritime; hot, humid, cloudy; rainy season is May -January and dry season is January to May
Geographical Features - interior mostly steep, rugged mountians, upland plains; coastal areas large plains and rolling hills
Typical Dishes in Panamá
Breakfast: Hojaldras - doughnuts sprinkled with sugar
Main Dish: - Arroz con pollo - chicken usually slow cooked with vegetables and spice served with rice
Desert: Pastel de tres leches - a cake soaked in evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream
Sights to see in Panamá
Isla Toboga - 12 miles outside of Panama City is the favorite escape for tourists and natives out of the city. With its sandy beaches and jet ski, speed boat and fishing charter rides and a charming village with narrow streets and restaurants, this island is a must see for tourists.
Coiba - Located in the Cobia National Marine Park. It has more than 800 species of marine life live in that area. It is one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving on the Pacific Coast.
Monkey Island - located in Lake Gatun, this is a great place to bring your kids. It is home to four different kinds of monkeys with a boat tour around the island.
To do a round trip from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Panamá City Panamá on Delta Airlines, you will have one lay over in Atlanta and the total cost will be 683.40 dollars.
Packing - I would pack short sleeve t-shirts, shorts, (you can bring a pair of jeans if you would like), socks and tennis shoes for walking around, a rain jacket depending on if you go during the rainy season or not.
Recommended - Yellow fever and Malaria
Others to consider getting - Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A., Hepatitis B., Typhoid, adult polio, meningcoccal, japanese encephalitis and rabies
Helpful phrases from English to Spanish
Hi, How are you? - ¡Hola! Cómo estás?
Where is the hotel? - ¿Adónde es hotel?
Where is the bathroom? - ¿Adónde es el baño?
Bus - autobús
How do I get to ______? - ¿Cómo llego a _____?
Airport - aeropuerto
Taxi - taxi
Pictures - google images