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Tourists Guide To Exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites Located In Panama

by on Aug.14, 2012, under Travel

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, was formed in 1945 by the United Nations. One of its many functions is to identify, publicize, and support the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We are going to be taking a quick look at some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Panama.

UNESCO evaluates prospective World Heritage Sites for cultural and natural significance, and only selects the top candidates for the list. This country is well endowed in that it has sites of both types.

Being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be very significant, as there are only 890 such sites throughout the world. Being on the list is a great form of publicity, as the selection process is widely held to be based on real world factors rather than political influence. Besides publicity, UNESCO also sponsors conservation activities in some cases.

The first World Heritage Site in this country to be listed, in 1980, is Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo. These fortifications were established by the Spanish in the 17th and 18th centuries to protect their trade, particularly from the English and from pirates. This caution was well justified as the vast wealth of the early Spanish colonies attracted a lot of attention.

Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama was added to the list in 1997. It includes the site of Panama Viejo, the first European settlement on the Pacific Ocean. It was established in 1519 and abandoned after it was destroyed by the privateer Henry Morgan in 1671. Some call him a pirate, he seemed to favor attacking this area, perhaps because of the wealth present.

The next addition was Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama, which made it in 1997. Panama Viejo was established in 1519. It was the first European settlement on the Pacific Ocean. Henry Morgan, a pirate or privateer depending on who is telling the story, sacked the city in 1671. The Spanish rebuilt it as a fortified city on a peninsula to make it more difficult to assault. That location, sometimes called Casco Viejo de Panama, is now part of the current city of Panama, referred to as the Historic District of Panama. Together these two locations comprise the World Heritage Site.

Coiba Island is the heart of our final site, Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection, added in 2005. It includes a number of smaller islands and the water around them. The island has been separate from the mainland long enough for a number of unique species to develop. One of these is the crested eagle, which lives nowhere else and is considered endangered. Coral reefs are uncommon on the Pacific side. Coiba has one of the few large ones. There was a lot of fear of the penal colony that was located on Coiba until it closed in 2004. This seems to be a reason that the island was not very developed or exploited.

Panama has the Canal and that is what most people associate with it. The fact that it has these five World Heritage Sites shows the error in this. This small country has plenty of things to see. Tourism is a major factor in the economy. It sounds like an exciting place to tour.

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    Boquete Takes Coffee Growing Very Seriously

    by on Aug.11, 2012, under Travel

    Coffee drinkers from around the globe have chosen to make Boquete their choice destination for many reasons. Called by many the place of coffee and flowers, this small and charming town is one of the most beautiful places the world has to offer and is renowned for the coffee that is harvested there every year. Indeed, it has become the largest coffee harvest celebration ever. However, coffee is not the only reason to visit this town.

    Do you ever wonder where your morning cup of coffee got its start from? Would you be surprised to find out that the town of Boquete is one of the largest coffee suppliers on the planet? In fact, they are so big in it that there is a huge festival held every year to celebrate the harvest of coffee cherries and everyone is invited.

    Some of the flowers you will see in this town are going to have you snapping photos every time you turn around. This has been called by many the land of flowers. The number of well maintained flower beds will have you in awe of their beauty and fragrances. A lot of species of birds are present as well due to the flowers and the seclusion of the natural settings. Hummingbirds in particular are attracted to some of the flowers.

    The Vulcan Baru area is a large part of Boquete. It is right at the Baru Volcano. You can hike these areas and tale your time in enjoying the environment. Make sure to take the tour that will allow you to reach the very top of the volcano as well. You can imagine the views you will have while on this hike. Many people have begun to travel to this little town for these very reasons.

    Are you ready to start making your travel plans for Boquete? You can do so by visiting online to some of the fine accommodations available for you to reserve. Located nearly right in town, the Valle Primavera is one of the loveliest places you could stay to be able to enjoy the festivities going on. You might also want to check into the rustic accommodations of the Finca Larida as well.

    Think about kayaking on some of the rivers flowing through the lush green woodlands. Maybe you would like to go horseback riding to be able to enjoy this kind of natural setting. You are going to have plenty of things to do while you are visiting Boquete. Check online trip advisors for more than you might believe going on in this little town.

    Meal times are great times while on vacation as well, especially when you are visiting another country that serves different cuisine than you normally eat. This is a time for diversity and intense flavors. The restaurants in Boquete that can offer you some of the finest panama dishes ever. Be sure to try Casado with a cup of brewed coffee.

    The adventure and beautiful landscapes are waiting for you in Boquete. Make your plans online now for a trip you will not soon forget. Be sure to plan on drinking the best coffee ever and taste some of the greatest foods as well. This is the kind of town you can safely compare to a paradise and it is the perfect place to go for relaxing and letting your cares float away.

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      Panama To Develop New Metro Subway System

      by on Jul.30, 2012, under Travel

      People from three outlying areas all try to enter Panama city center every weekday morning between 6 and 8 o’clock in the morning. Rapid population growth, high emissions from bus pollution and a lack of alternatives to private automobiles all point to an urgent need for an efficient public transportation system in Panama. Construction has begun on Metro Line One of Panama, the first subway to be built in Central America. It is due for completion in 2013 and it is planned to be open in 2014. Feasibility studies are under way for a second line.

      Metro Line One will be open from early in the morning until midnight, seven days a week. It will be able to carry 40,000 passengers an hour. It will be roughly 14 km in length. Five of its eleven stations will be elevated. These will run between the southern terminus at Los Andes and a station at 12 de Octobre. Five other stations will be located underground and the eleventh will be a combination of the two.

      The company that will manufacture the rolling stock is based in France. The first line will run from Allbrook at the northern end to the commercial of Panama City, Los Andes, in the south. Line One will divide the city into two halves. The journey time is expected to be 23 minutes from one end of the line to the other. There are proposals to build a ‘government city’ on the line around the stop planned at Curundu.

      The actual railway line from which the track will be constructed has been successfully employed in Barcelona, Santo Domingo and other parts of the world. Stations will be unique in style and are planned to make extensive use of natural light. The trains will operate efficiently and make the most use of energy. The insides of the carriages are being designed to provide the passenger with a ride that is both safe and comfortable. Facilities are being planned for passengers with limited mobility.

      The Metro subway will complement the Metrobus project which is already underway. It is hoped that the new buses will replace the iconic but overcrowded, dingy and aging private Red Devil bus line. The Red Devils appear to have been American school buses in a previous incarnation. They are iconic because of their cheeky graffitti style livery.

      The Metro Line subway will be of direct benefit to long-suffering commuters who have been putting up with long journey times to work as a result of oppressive traffic congestion. Everyone in the urban area will benefit indirectly as a result of improved traffic flow. In parallel with the construction of the subway, there will be a realignment of the roads.

      Temporary road closures were announced in June 2011 for road 12 di Diciembre and Via Simon Bolivar. This is to allow new water pipes to be installed. Throughout the closures, only residents, local shopkeepers and pedestrians will be allowed access. Work also began in May 2011 on the northern section of the subway.

      The former Allbrook Air Force Base, now an international airport named after Marcos A Gelabert, is located near the northern terminus of the subway about one and a half kilometers west of the center of Panama City. Gelabert founded the first pilot training school here. Tragically, he perished in a plane accident and the airport is named in his honor.

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