Panama City, Panama

Panama City is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama, It has a population of 880,691, with a total metro population of 1,440,381 and is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama. The city is the political and administrative center of the country, as well as a hub for international banking and commerce.

The city of Panama has a dense skyline of mostly high-rise buildings, and it is surrounded by a large belt of tropical rainforest. Panama’s Tocumen International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Central America, offers daily flights to major international destinations. Panama was chosen as the 2003 American Capital of Culture jointly with Curitiba, Brazil. It is among the top five places for retirement in the world, according to International Living magazine.

Tips

The Canal Zone is impressive, it offers many possibilities for excursions. We recommend the trans-isthmus train, this charming train runs along the Canal for great views of the locks, Gatun Lake, and the rainforest.

Panamá Viejo (“Old Panama”) is the name used for the architectural vestiges of the Monumental Historic Complex of the first Spanish city founded on the Pacific coast of the Americas by Pedro Arias de Avila on August 15, 1519. This city was the starting point for the expeditions that conquered the Inca Empire in Peru in 1532. It was a stopover point on one of the most important trade routes in the history of the American continent, leading to the famous fairs of Nombre de Dios and Portobelo, where most of the gold and silver that Spain took from the Americas passed through.

Panama City is known as the Las Vegas of the Central America whit 22 superb casinos all offering great restaurants and shows.

The town have many museums we recommend the Biomuseo (Biodiversity Museum) the architecture is surprising on a multicolored metallic structure, the museum presents the Latin American biodiversity and threats to it.

Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, Jamaica

The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa is located on a rocky peninsula on the north coast of Jamaica, 7 km from downtown Lucea, 12 km from Tryall Golf Club, 35 km from Montego Bay and 30 minutes from the airport. It is an all-inclusive luxury complex with suites that overlook the sea, garden or pool. The rooms are luxurious, spacious, with flat-screen TV, hot tub, minibar, teapot and coffee maker, wi-fi service and a balcony as the villas have a terrace and outdoor shower. There are 6 swimming pools, a spa, 10 restaurants, 13 bars, a nightclub, a playground, a children’s club, a few shops and a beauty salon. The complex has direct access to the beach and you have the possibility of practicing water sports. The Resort shares facilities with the hotel of the same name. As the site is quite large, there are shuttles that pass regularly.

Tips

This hotel can accommodate families with more than 2 children in the same room. There is also paying child care if you need it. If you like to walk, the site allows it but bring the appropriate shoes because there are climbs and descents everywhere. There are also other possibilities of activities close to the complex such as horseback riding, golf or just car rental. If you like seafood, enjoy the restaurant by the beach as it is its specialty. Bring shoes to get into the sea, it’s convenient.

Poas Volcano, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano is a stratovolcano in Costa Rica. Very active, he has known at least 39 eruptive episodes since 1828. It is currently experiencing moderate activity. Located 37 km northwest of the capital San José, this volcano culminates at 2,708 m altitude. It is integrated into the Poas Volcano National Park. Its main crater hosts an acidic lake which regularly produces toxic sulphurous steams. It presents several eroded calderas, volcanic cones and three craters aligned, which contain crater lakes. The main crater is about two kilometers in diameter and is 300 metres deep. The green waters of the lake that occupies the bottom (Laguna Caliente) are highly acidic sulfur and hot (up to 85 ° C). You can also see the fumaroles of sulphide in the internal slopes of the crater. On the other hand, the other crater has had its last eruption there are 7,500 years. It is called Botos and its lake has cold water (Laguna Botos) which is connected with the river Angel. Until the volcano became a national park, people went there to fill glass bottles with acidic water from the crater, and they sold it in pharmacies to relieve muscle aches and also to put it in the hole of a cavity to cause the tooth to fall or it was also used to burn the warts, and to treat wounds.

Tips

The Poas is very often covered by clouds so before going there, ask for the weather conditions. And of course, you must be at the gate at the opening (8 h 00) because the clouds come down quickly.
It is almost 1 hour from San José and its access is easy. If you go by car, the parking is near the crater and you must walk a hundreds meters through a paved driveway.
Another option is to take a half-day trip from San José. There is a regular bus to get there. The ticket costs nearly nothing and the entrance to the park is approximately $10.00.
If the weather is good, take a walk to the Botos Lake and its forest of altitude at 2,400 metres, it’s worth it.