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Panama City is the administrative and political hub of the Republic of Panama, and a booming economic centre. It is the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America.

Panama's economy is heavily dependent on trade associated with the canal zone, tourism and banking.

The metropolitan area forms a dense skyline of highrise buildings, here viewed from the Amador causeway.

Traffic is heavy on the four main avenidas crossing the city. Here the Corredor Sur offers a view of the iconic corkscrew F&F Tower.

A statue commemorating the first European to see the Pacific Ocean, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, is located on a scenic walking path along Avenida Balboa.

Panama City is undergoing massive construction projects including the building of a metro system and over 100 more skyscrapers.

Panamanian education ranks quite high for the region but is of unequal quality depending on the location. Curriculum includes science, math, literature and sports.

The Gehry Biomuseum is located on the Amador causeway that links Naos, Perico and Flamenco islands to the mainland.

The Administration Building for the Panama Canal serves as the business headquarters and displays murals of the 100 year history of the canal.

The culture, customs, and language of Panama are predominantly Caribbean Spanish. Panama has a very diverse population which is largely of mixed Spanish, Native American, and African ancestry. 63% is Mestizo.

On the last night of the tour, we had dinner at the Miraflores Visitors Center and were treated to a concert of traditional music and dance. 

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