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Jamaica

Despite its location almost right in the center of the Caribbean Sea, the island of Jamaica does not mix easily with the rest of the Caribbean archipelago. To be sure, with the same rays of sun, sand and addictive sugary complex pampered life as most of the other islands, but also historically and culturally distinct.

Today’s visitors can see your trip to Jamaica even if they embrace the uniqueness of the island and the inherent “Africanness” of its population. Apart from its people, Jamaica has much to offer the curious traveler, seven or fatigue. The Blue Mountains has the best coffee in the world, try a cup at the factory of a century old in Mavis Bank. There are world-class reefs for diving, including those in Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios, and large palm trees in the sand or the French Cove Treasure Beach near Port Antonio. There is little conventional medicine Bush and fishing excursions, friendly people, crystal clear waterfalls, cosmopolitan cities, wetlands harboring endangered crocodiles and manatees, unforgettable sunsets – in a variety of short, sufficient to understand many totally different holiday.

Nowhere in the Caribbean is the connection with Africa, deeply as it is in Jamaica. Kingston was the important link in the New World to the barbaric triangular trade that brought slaves from Africa and carried sugar and rum in Europe, and to safeguard the Maroons (runaways who left in the hills of Cockpit Country and Blue Mountains), many of African traditions, and visceral introduced unique cooking spice of Jamaica. Bay St. Ann Marcus Garvey founded the movement back to Africa in 1910 and ’20, the Rastafarianism took a call from a decade later, and reggae provided the pace in the 1960’s and 70’s. No wonder many Jamaicans claim a greater affinity for the African neighbors in the Caribbean islands.
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This is a country imbued with pride in its unique history, stunning scenery and culture influence. Welcome to Jamaica.

Panama

Free from the tourist crowds, Panama’s natural gifts shine. While most backpackers in Central America set their sights on tourist-soaked Costa Rica and Guatemala, it is difficult to avoid the feeling in Panama that you are a secret the rest of the world traveling has yet to be discovered. Although the ‘gringo trail “has swung south to the Caribbean archipelago of Bocas del Toro, the neglect overdevelopment that plagues most cities of the Costa Rican beach remains refreshingly absent here. In fact, highlights of Panama is still far off the beaten-path destinations, although it is likely to change in coming years.

Until their exploits anticipated tourist boom, however, Panama is still accessible to backpackers on a budget, and no shortage of beaches, mountains and jungles to explore. The Pearl Islands in itself could occupy your entire trip, with its endless islands and islets, sublime beaches and crystalline waters. Volcan Baru National Park is home to only volcano in Panama and some very picturesque trekking opportunities, while the interior is a veritable gold mine of colonial cities, exquisite handicrafts and friendliest people in the country. Panama is also home to one of the most independent of the indigenous groups in Central America, the Kuna, who live independently in the Kuna Yala, as well as one of the last real frontier in the Americas, the notorious province Darien.

In short, the most famous city of Panama is a sprawling slum of decaying colonial grandeur and desperate human existence. Before 1869, the Panama Railroad connects Panama City and Colon was the only rapid transit around the continental Western Hemisphere. However, once the U.S. transcontinental railroad was established, Columbus became an economically depressed city overnight. Although the city was revived temporarily during construction of the Panama Canal, the city’s economy collapsed after the completion of the canal, as it simply was not enough work for the thousands of unemployed workers soon.
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In 1948, Zone Libre (Free Zone) was created at the edge of Columbus, in an attempt to revive the city. Today, the 482 hectares of the Free Zone is the largest free trade area in the Americas. That connects North America, the Far East and Europe with the Latin American market and is home to over 1600 companies and banks of several tens. Unfortunately, none of the 10 million U.S. dollars in the annual trade turnover seems to go beyond the walls of the compound and the Free Zone exists as an island of materialism floating in a sea of ​​unemployment, poverty and crime.