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The Panama Digest

  • More Pygmy Sloths in Panama’s Pacific
    The pygmy sloth population in Panama has been underestimated, a new study shows. Found only on the tiny Escudo de Veraguas Island in Panama’s Pacific Ocean, the threatened three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) does not only live in the mangroves on…
    - 10 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 8:29am -
  • Fried Food Court is Coming
    The fried food court planned for the Cinta Costera 3 will be open no later than July 15, according to Mayor Jose Blandon. Also known as “Flavors of El Chorillo” and the “Fritodromo”, Panama’s new fried food destination will have around 11…
    - 25 days ago, 13 Jun 15, 4:03pm -
  • Authority Raising Driving Fines
    The Transit and Transportation Authority will be raising fines for bad driving. The penalty for talking on a cell phone at the wheel will increase from $75 to $300, and drivers who sneak the shoulder of the road will be fined $200 instead of $…
    - 38 days ago, 1 Jun 15, 8:23am -
  • Panama Canal: Container Volumes Already Peaked
    The heyday of booming container trade may be a thing of the past, having hit highs in 2007. So said Jorge Quijano, head of the Panama Canal Authority, in an interview with the Financial Times, attributing the drop to changing patterns in global t…
    - 38 days ago, 1 Jun 15, 7:00am -
  • Murder Cat Murdered
    Panamanian reggae singer Murder Cat was killed Tuesday night on Street 3 in Juan Diaz. Also known as El Clickiti and Omar Bellido, his given name, the singer was reportedly talking to some people, including singer Ruff Dad, when several individuals…
    - 50 days ago, 20 May 15, 8:36am -
  • Ex-Minister of Economy and Finance Detained
    Frank de Lima, Minister of Economy and Finance in the Ricardo Martinelli administration, was detained for his alleged involvement in dodgy grain sales through the National Assistance Program. According the charges, the Ministry of Economy and Finan…
    - 58 days ago, 12 May 15, 6:12am -
  • President Martinelli and the Dehydrated Food Contract
    The Electoral Tribunal notified the Supreme Court Thursday of its decision to suspend the immunity of former President Ricardo Martinelli. This launches the investigation into corruption charges against Martinelli related to anomalies in the pu…
    - 75 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 3:56pm -
  • Panama Mayor Evaluating Bay Issues
    The Panama Mayor’s office is evaluating coastal areas along the Bay of Panama to find a solution to a history of poor water resource management. Deputy Mayor Raisa Banfield explained that over the last two decades, the area along the bay was dev…
    - 78 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 9:58am -

The Visitor

  • Panamá Pacífico recognized by Site Select
    The Panamá Pacífico Special Economic Area was recently recognized by Site Selection magazine as one of the “Best to Invest Top Agencies for 2015 in the Latin America and Caribbean market.” “The Panamá Pacífico Special Economic Area is pleas…
    - 3 days ago, 6 Jul 15, 8:30am -
  • US-Panama Business Council strengthens ties
    On Thursday, July 9 at the Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center, the United States – Panama Business Meeting will take place, under the banner “Business Forum Panama – USA: New Opportunities.” The U.S. – Panama Business Council (USPA),…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 8:30pm -
  • The U.S. – Panama Free Trade Agreement and you
    By: Staff at Panama Offshore Legal Services E-Mail: info@pols.com.pa || Phone: (507) 227 – 6645 Bob and Deborah are a married couple who came from California to live in Panama. Their immigration visa allows them to start a Panama company. They cons…
    - 4 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 8:30am -
  • INAC announces new hours for its museums in Casco Antiguo
    The National Institute of Culture (INAC) recently announced that its two museums in Casco Antiguo will have new opening hours. The Museum of Colonial Religious Art will now be open Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. –…
    - 5 days ago, 4 Jul 15, 8:30am -
  • Tests of expanded Atlantic gate meet with early success
    Last week the electromechanical testing of the expanded Panama Canal locks took place with the opening and closing of the gate of one of the Atlantic side chambers. The gate, number eight of the Agua Clara locks located in the Caribbean city of Coló…
    - 5 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 6:30pm -
  • Style and comfort with every step
    Naturalizer in Multiplaza Naturalizer is a women’s shoe company established in 1875 focused on finding their customers’ perfect fit. With over 140 years in business, they virtually invented the modern footwear industry. Already popular in Panama,…
    - 5 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 4:30pm -
  • Tourism Authority presents new Minister
    The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, recently presented the new director of the Panama Tourism Authority. Gustavo Him, the new Minister, was the organizer of the 2015 Panama City carnivals. He has also served as advisor to the president…
    - 6 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 2:30pm -

PYT in PTY

  • Another Dose Of Fall 2015 Fashion Week Street Style
    Couture Fall 2015 Fashion Week is full underway; so in honor of all the new street style goodness, I’m posting...The post Another Dose Of Fall 2015 Fashion Week Street Style appeared first on A Constellation.
    - 2 days ago, 7 Jul 15, 11:49am -
  • Basic Denim On Denim
    Fool proof outfits get me through the week when I’m swamped at work. Denim on denim is one of my...The post Basic Denim On Denim appeared first on A Constellation.
    - 6 days ago, 2 Jul 15, 5:00pm -
  • J Brand Skinny Cargo Pants
    One way to help define your personal style is to hone your ability to mix very different pieces. Feminine with minimal, boho and...The post J Brand Skinny Cargo Pants appeared first on A Constellation.
    - 8 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 11:00am -
  • A Constellation Covets: Gianvito Rossi Pumps
    Another week, another shopping list! Pumps are a staple in any girls closet, but damn, aren’t those Gianvito Rossi pumps particularly...The post A Constellation Covets: Gianvito Rossi Pumps appeared first on A Constellation.
    - 9 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 3:21pm -
  • Copenhagen
    Copenhagen has been on my bucket list for the longest time. Actually, all of Scandinavia! When Jose’s parents invited us...The post Copenhagen appeared first on A Constellation.
    - 11 days ago, 28 Jun 15, 12:55pm -
  • Lunch At Mansa In Buenaventura
    Buenaventura’s beach community in Panama keeps growing and growing. This year they’ve teamed up with chef Mario Castrellon and opened...The post Lunch At Mansa In Buenaventura appeared first on A Constellation.
    - 12 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 7:19pm -
  • Some NYFW Street Style
    I still have sooo many photos from Fashion Week to post! I had this round up scheduled for last week...The post Some NYFW Street Style appeared first on A Constellation.
    - 16 days ago, 23 Jun 15, 12:54am -
  • Striped Tee Look
    If The Coveteur ever came to my home to photograph my closet (sigh!), they would find lots and lots of...The post Striped Tee Look appeared first on A Constellation.
    - 23 days ago, 16 Jun 15, 11:25am -

The Berry & The Fox

  • Hiking in Guatemala
    This past Saturday we filled up our backpacks with tinfoil-wrapped sandwiches and took off for a hike. We put our old Range Rover into 4-wheel drive as we scaled a narrow and muddy path higher and higher up the side of a mountain, a path marked only…
    - 25 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • Commune Design, Will You Marry Me?
    Inspiration comes from everywhere, right? Well for me, inspiration strikes hard each and every single time my eyes fall upon a Commune design. Two months before we moved away from Casco Viejo, The American Trade Hotel finally opened. I had the luck a…
    - 21 Nov 14, 12:09pm -
  • Newborns vs. Toddlers, the uncut version.
    I’m post-pregnancy with my second child, and I am here to tell you that newborn babies are the bomb. Yes, I really just said that. Not only did I use the expression “the bomb” but I also just said that I love having a newborn baby. Between 0-3…
    - 18 Nov 14, 5:13pm -
  • The Tiniest Nest
    This morning, barefoot and in my sweats, I waved Joaquin goodbye as he went off to school. I happened to look down from where I stood and there, right in front of my toes, was the tiniest bird’s nest I’ve ever seen. I gently swooped up the little…
    - 13 Nov 14, 3:40pm -
  • Honoring Newness
    Antigua, Guatemala – 12 weeks pregnant Last December we moved from Panama to Guatemala. We moved into a new house, with new things, surrounded by new people and new places to learn about and get to know. In January I began a new job, teaching in a…
    - 12 Aug 14, 2:15pm -
  • Face the Foliage
    I’m just bursting with inspiration these days as a new muse has tickled my fancy. For any of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may already be familiar with my newest artistic passion: creating faces and images with flowers and plant…
    - 10 Jun 14, 10:07am -
  • Infinitely Home
    After 3+ months of being away, Juan and I returned to Panama [just the two of us] for 5 days and nights of pure reunion love with dear friends and our old neighborhood. We were finally back in Casco Viejo, and I could not have been happier. We return…
    - 6 Apr 14, 2:18pm -
  • The Myths & Truths of Teaching
    In my wilder days, back when I was determined to never work for someone else and when I stubbornly laughed in the face of “two weeks off a year”, I was convinced I would never fold and take a desk job. I only wanted to operate on my own schedule,…
    - 14 Mar 14, 4:33pm -

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Parque Arqueológico de El Caño
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Ciudad de Panamá - Skyline de noche
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The Panama Gringo

  • Cerro Hoya National Park
    There are just so many wonderful places to visit on the Azuero Peninsula that we needed to talk about it again this week. This time the subject is Cerro Hoya National Park, covering 200,000 acres of untouched nature along the southern coastline.Vel…
    - 37 days ago, 1 Jun 15, 10:53pm -
  • Coiba National Park
    Continuing our exploration of the Ezuero Peninsula, we’re taking a trip offshore today to visit one of Panama’s greatest treasures, in fact, one of the world’s greatest treasures, Coiba National Park.It wasn’t always appreciated for the tre…
    - 52 days ago, 18 May 15, 4:47am -
  • Chitre, Panama – the Low Down!
    Spotlight this week on the relatively smaller city of Chitre, on the eastern coast of Panama’s Ezuero Peninsula. Though it’s smaller than the more popular destinations like Panama City and Colon, Chitre has plenty to keep you entertained.Where…
    - 58 days ago, 11 May 15, 9:22pm -
  • Azuero Peninsula Whale Watching
    So you’re ready to retire and you’ve decided to move to Panama. Now it’s time to narrow your options and pick an area to live. You may want to consider the Azuero Peninsula, in Spanish, Península de .Though the country of Panama is mostly ea…
    - 66 days ago, 4 May 15, 1:48pm -
  • Markets in Panama City
    Looking for the freshest goods at the best prices? Skip the supermarkets and head to Panama City’s street markets. Not only will you get a good deal on fresh seafood, vegetables, and handicrafts – you’ll also get a one-of-a-kind shopping exper…
    - 73 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 12:53pm -
  • Getting a Driver’s License in Panama
    If you don’t have a foreign driver’s license that you can exchange for a Panamanian license, you will need to get a new license. Here is the process:To get your license you need to complete theoritcal driving courses (36 hours) and practical tr…
    - 87 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 1:24pm -
  • Exchanging your Driver’s License in Panama
    As a visitor to Panama, you are legal allowed to drive for 90 days on your foreign driver’s license (see our post on Driving in Panama). However, after that your license is no longer valid. Therefore, if you are residing in Panama, you will need t…
    - 30 Mar 15, 1:14pm -
  • The Theater Guild of Ancon
    If you haven’t yet discovered the delightful Theater Guild of Ancon, now is the time to check it out. Billed as “The only English speaking theatre in Panama,” per their Twitter page, TGA produces a variety of plays each season and the 2015 sea…
    - 3 Mar 15, 12:22am -

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