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Most hiking trails in Panama are not maintained nor have adequate signage, and trail maps are not comprehensive.

Heavy rains sometimes leave certain hiking trails inaccessible, even for years, and many hiking trails are located on private property.

It’s originally from the rainforests of Ethiopia, near the village of Gesha, and was introduced to the Americas in Costa Rica in the 1950s.

Determined to take his time and make a good choice, he took a tour of Panama geared to retirees who are looking for a new place to call home.

The Panamanian government’s retiree benefits programs are considered among the best in the world.

Many scholars believe that the major civilizations of Mesoamerica (Mayans, Aztecs and others) and South America (Incas), used the Isthmus of Panama as trading grounds or at least as a point of transit.

The Spanish came and settled down in the first part of the 1500’s, growing the population and added a new race and culture to the mix. Panama in fact was always a place of transit as all the goods from the Western part of Central and South America would cross the isthmus before making their way to Europe.

Little known fact: one of the rarest, most sought-after, and expensive coffees in the world comes from Panama. Panama Esmeralda Private Reserve Geisha (formerly called Esmeralda Boquete Geisha), grown on the slopes of the Barú Volcano near Boquete in Western Panama, has been known to sell for US0 a pound at international coffee auctions. Even “second-growth” Geisha beans from the Esmeralda plantation and a handful of others nearby go for more than US a pound on Amazon.

That’s even more than what people pay for that special coffee that roasters dig from the feces of tree cats in Indonesia.

Here are the top 10 things to know about Panamanian culture for anyone who plans to learn Spanish in Panama: Panama is a huge melting pot of races, but in a very tiny space!

Going way back in history, Panama was home to multiple indigenous groups, many of which still live here today.

I was looking for a place that was inexpensive, welcoming to Americans and easy to travel back and forth to from the US.. The other factor is that my retirement funds are limited.

I’m living on a fixed income with Social Security and a small pension, which isn’t stigmatized here like it is in the US. If you go to the grocery store, you greet each other before you do business, you don’t just blurt out a question.

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