The Crossroads of the World
7 Nov 2014 | From Javier of Panama
Four different aspects of Panama's culture and history is depicted in the postcard: a folklore show in the ruins of Old Panama, Balboas's statue looking at the Pacific, a woman of the Guna Yala tribe, and the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal.
Panama is the youngest republic in the Western Hemisphere. It is the southernmost country of Central America and the whole of North America. Panama is landscaped by low mountain ranges, thick jungle and fertile green valleys and plains.
Panama is locally referred to as 'The Crossroads of the World.' It lies on trade routes between North and South America, and on the route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Panama Canal runs through the Canal Zone, a strip of land that lies across the center of the country.
Panama is a confluence – an explosion of nature, cultures and beliefs in that messy, musical arrangement that's everyday life in Latin America.