From Panama to Colombia: A Guide to Traveling Between North and South America

While planning to travel from North America to South America, it is easy to look at a map of the area and assume that the journey from Panama to Colombia is as easy as catching a short bus ride. While the 29,000-mile Pan-American Highway stretches all the way from Alaska to Argentina, there is just one 100-mile section that is not passable by any vehicle. This swath of rather dangerous land separating Panama and Colombia is called the Darien...

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Places to Study in Panama’s Marbella Neighborhood

Santino Café On Facebook Located: Av Balboa con Av Aquilino de la Guardia, Galerias Balboa. Hours: Mon - Fri: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sat: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Item: double espresso on ice Price: $2.75 ($2 for the first shot and $.75 for the second) Electricity & wifi: plug-in available along the back wall; speedy internet; password provided by cashier Description: I made the mistake of trying to order like I was at a Starbucks – “grande iced...

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Panama Independence Day Celebrations

November is Panama’s Independence month: Nov. 3 celebrates the country’s independence from Colombia, Nov. 4 is Flag Day, Nov. 10 celebrates the country’s “first cry” of independence from Spain, and Nov. 28 is the anniversary of the country’s full independence from Spain. Nov. 3 is the country’s biggest celebration and features parades, fireworks, public music and dancing performances, and more.     Understanding the importance of one of...

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