PANAMA: PANAMA TRIBES AND NEW YEARS EVE
8 DAYS // DEC 27, 2015 – JAN 3, 2016


ABOUT Panama

Panama is only the size of South Carolina - yet it has a great variety of attractions: exotic tropical rainforests, beautiful mountain refuges, Caribbean-style beaches and 1000 islands, one of the best birding sites worldwide, seven living Indian cultures, a Miami-style sophisticated capital city with a vibrant night life, Spanish colonial historical sites, golf, diving, snorkeling, not to mention that 8th wonder of the world and engineering marvel, the Panama Canal. It is hard to think of any other destination in the world that has such a variety of attractions that close and easy to get to.

ABOUT Kuna Indians

The fiercely independent Kuna Indians of the San Blas islands in Panama’s Caribbean live in thatched cabins roofed with palm leaves. Tours to the San Blas offer the double attraction of beautiful island scenery and the opportunity to study a living Indian culture. The Kunas are a self-governing people and have the strongest social structure and belief system of all Panama’s Indian tribes. They make their living selling coconuts from the thousands of coconut palms that dot their islands and from their handicrafts. Kuna women make Panama’s most famous handicrafts, the mola: reverse stitch embroidery of colorful tropical figures. During your Kuna village visit, you can see the molas being made and buy them from the artisans themselves.

ABOUT Embera and Wounaan Tribes

Panama is only the size of South Carolina - yet it has a great variety of attractions: exotic tropical rainforests, beautiful mountain refuges, Caribbean-style beaches and 1000 islands, one of the best birding sites worldwide, seven living Indian cultures, a Miami-style sophisticated capital city with a vibrant night life, Spanish colonial historical sites, golf, diving, snorkeling - not to mention that 8th wonder of the world and engineering marvel, the Panama Canal. It is hard to think of any other destination in the world that has such a variety of attractions that close and easy to get to.


 

IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU?

Our days will be filled with endless photo opportunities, starting at sunrise, and ending after sunset. This workshop requires a moderate amount of walking.

SKILL LEVEL

This itinerary was created for all levels of photographers.

Population

The population is a variation of many different cultures, 62% mestizo, 14% African descent, 10% Spanish descent, 5% mulatto and 5% Indian.

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the official language, but English is spoken in most of the larger cities and tourist areas.

CLIMATE 

Panama lies very close to the equator and enjoys a tropical climate. Temperatures vary between 80-90 Fahrenheit (25-30 Celsius). Humidity is very high. Panama has two seasons.

 

CLOTHING

Considering the humid weather bring appropriate lightweight clothing, keep in mind that cottons and natural fabrics breathe better and tend to keep you cooler. We recommend a light sweater for the evenings and early mornings - also, a light waterproof parka for when we are in the canoes. Head cover is crucial such as wide brimmed hats, visors, baseball caps and sunglasses.

MONEY 

Panama uses the US dollar as its currency. The official name for it is the balboa, but it’s exactly the same bill, and in practice people use the terms ‘dólar’ and ‘balboa’ interchangeably.

Panamanian coins are of the same value, size and metal as US coins, though both are frequently used. Coins include one, five, 10, 25 and 50 centavos (or centésimos) - 100 centavos equal one balboa.

Most businesses won’t break US$50 and US$100 bills, and those that do may require you to present your passport.

 

 

PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS

A US $20 departure tax is charged when you exit the country. The Panamanian authorities require that travelers arrive to Panama with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months starting from the day of arrival.

US tourists arriving by air or road are permitted to stay in Panama for 180 days, without obtaining a formal visa.

ELECTRICITY

Panama has 110 volt and 60 cycles service.

TIME ZONE

Central European Time: UTC +1