Unlike its Central American neighbours, Panama is protected from major natural disasters (hurricanes or earthquakes). The vagaries of the weather are limited to very heavy precipitation in winter (our summer). In the islands, the weather changes rapidly: the sea turns bluish black and the sky is charged with electricity. The atmosphere is heavy and the landscape seems almost supernatural. On the land, the vegetation is more luxuriant and its colours more vivid. But the rain never lasts long, it comes and goes, interrupts a walk, then leaves the sun again!
A generous nature :
A true biological bridge between North and South America, the country has one of the richest concentrations of animal and plant species in the world, with an exceptional level of endemism in some regions. In addition to the birds, insects and terrestrial mammals that can be observed on land, Panama's warm and crystal clear waters are the refuge of an incredible marine fauna, which is the delight of fishing and diving enthusiasts. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, from tropical rainforest to coral archipelagos, the country is a huge garden! Some of its jewels already enjoy a high profile with several natural sites inscribed on the World Heritage List.
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