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Panam City Bookshops

Panama City doesn't have a great selection of books in English, but it may be easier to find some titles on the local culture and tropical nature here.

El Hombre de la Mancha. The country's most successful book retailer is El Hombre de la Mancha, which sells books in Spanish and English and has stores in all the city's shopping malls, as well as the Allbrook Airport. Multiplaza, Via Israel, between Paitilla and ATLAPA, San Francisco, Panama City. 507/263–6218. www.hombredelamancha.com.

Gran Morrison. This department store, conveniently located near El Cangrejo, has a small selection of books on Panama, as well as a souvenir section. Vía España and Calle Samuel Lewis, Across from Plaza Concordia, Area Bancária, Panama City. 507/202–0031.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. This bookstore is a good stop for nature lovers, since it has an excellent selection of books on tropical flora and fauna, as well as postcards, posters, T-shirts, and other souvenirs. It's closed on weekends. Av. Roosevelt, Cerro Ancón, Panama City. 507/212–8029.

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