Adventure Guide: Panama (Hunter Travel Guides) by Patricia Katzman

By Patricia Katzman

Mom nature has bequeathed Panama with a few lovely spots, wealthy soils and an enormous bio-diversity. White- and black-sand shores exchange with mangrove mazes alongside the coast. gleaming wild rivers overflowing with trout run via jungle-clad canyons packed with colourful flora. Mist-crowned Baru Volcano towers above all of them. This booklet explores each zone from tip to toe, together with the San Blas Islands, offshore Barro Colorado, and concrete Panama urban, gateway for viewers. jogging excursions stopover at ancient forts, gold museums, vintage urban parks and bustling crafts markets. distinctive consciousness is given to the country's nationwide parks.

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The country’s modern economy developed along this same corridor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries during construction of the railroad and the US canal. The Panama Canal continues to be the most important single factor in the economy, with revenue generated by tolls and the jobs it provides, both directly and indirectly. More than one-half of the population now live and work at either end of the corridor in or near Panamá City and Colón. Although 25% of Panamá’s workers are employed in agriculture, most are subsistence farmers.

It’s a steaming bowl of heavenly chicken soup delicately flavored with garlic, oregano, and culantro (a member of the parsley family, similar to cilantro), served with rice on the side. Sometimes corn on the cob is added. It varies only slightly by region and is on menus throughout the country. Be sure to try it. SANCOCHO Recipe courtesy of Sra. Inés María Gonzales de Pérez One chicken, cut up ¼ cup fresh culantro*, chopped fine ½ lb. onions, cut into quarters 2 lbs. name, a starchy root vegetable (if you can’t find it, use potatoes) 1 large bulb of garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped 3 cup of fresh oregano In a large pot, cover the chicken with water and simmer until fork tender; then add the remainder of ingredients and simmer until all are done, about a half-hour.

Small colonies of frogs, particularly vulnerable to air and water pollution, might disappear in an instant. Panamá’s fabled golden frog has become a rarity. Parrots captured for sale on the international black market often don’t survive the trauma. Macaws and quetzals are killed for their beautiful feathers; iguanas for their meat; sea turtles are killed for meat and Sustainable Travel n 29 Jaguars and other big cats are doubly threatened; slaughtered for their pelts and by loss of habitat. Ancient, irreplaceable trees and rare plants are cut, burned, razed and bulldozed out of existence to make way for cattle ranches, logging concerns, roads, subsistence farms, and developments.

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