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Panama Travel Guide

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The Autoridad de Turismo Panamá (Panamanian Tourism Authority, ATP) is Panama's official tourism organization. Its bilingual website is an excellent pretrip planning resource with overviews of Panama's regions and links to tour operators and hotels.

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 touring.

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.

Contacts

Autoridad de Turismo Panamá (507/526–7000 in Panama. www.visitpanama.com.)

Online Travel Tools

All About Panama

Explore Panama. Explore Panama is one-stop shopping for Panama Tourism 101. www.explorepanama.com.

Extreme Panama. Extreme Panama is a good resource for outdoors and adventure travel in Panama. www.extremepanama.com.

Hasta Tarde. Nightlife features heavily in this collection of Spanish-language listings of Panama's cultural goings-on. www.hastatarde.com.

Panama Audubon Society. Audubon is the firt name in bird-watching and bird protection worldwide, and in Panama. www.panamaaudubon.org.

Panama Guide. Part online newspaper, part travel guide, Panama Guide has lots of up-to-date information about what's going on in Panama. www.panama-guide.com.

Panama Info. Packed with maps, listings, and advice, Panama Info is an excellent resource if you're traveling—or moving—to Panama. www.panamainfo.com.

The Panama Report. The Panama Report is full of amusing and helpful articles about travel and life in Panama, as well as lots of investment sales pitches. www.thepanamareport.com.

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