Seven Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Panama

As the buzz around Panama as a hot tourist destination continues to build, we have gathered up a few interesting facts to further expose the unique characteristics of this long hidden gem. Here are seven fun facts we bet you didn’t know about the Central American hot spot.

  • Panama holds multiple world records in regards to bird watching as it is home to more birds than the United States and Canada combined.

  • Due to its serpentine shape, Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise in the Pacific and set in the Atlantic.
  • In Panama, you can swim in the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean in the same day.
  • Costing nearly 8 million dollars, The Panama Canal Railroad was the most expensive railroad ever built. It is the oldest operating railway in the world, bringing passengers from Panama City to Colon and back.
  • The Panama Canal is by far one of mankind’s greatest feats.  Literally separating two continents, the canal allows ships voyaging between New York and San Francisco to save 7,872 miles of travel. Today, the canal generates one-third of Panama’s entire economy.

  • Panama is home to the second largest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere… and it is  located in Panama City. The capital is the only one in the world to boast a rainforest within the city limits.
  • Panama’s Isla de Coiba served as a penal colony for 85 years, housing some of the country’s most dangerous criminals; it was comparable to Alcatraz. After the prison was phased out, the island (along with 38 other islands and the surrounding waters) became a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today, the island remains mostly in an unspoiled natural state.

Do you have any other interesting tidbits to add to the list? We’d love to hear them. Share them in the comments section.

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