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The Panamanian Tourism Authority, ATP, is Panama's official tourism organization. Its website (www.visitpanama.com) is an excellent pretrip planning resource with overviews of Panama's regions and points of interest.
ATP has 17 offices around Panama, open weekdays 8–3:30. The English-speaking staff at ATP offices are friendly and helpful. Their resources—mostly brochures—tend to plug local tour companies rather than aid independent exploration.
Other resources include The Visitor, a small, free paper that can be found at most hotels and travel agencies, and Panama Planner an excellent tourism magazine, available at large hotels.