* We recommend contacting your local service provider prior to departure, to follow their recommendations when traveling abroad, in order to avoid roaming charges. For group programs, organized through the USF Health Panama office- cell phones are loaned for $25- 30 per month to each group leader.
WiFi is available generally in most hotels and tourist centers in Panama City.
WiFi in the rural communities is variable and not reliable. If needed, USB routers are available for $40 to access WiFi.
Fun Fact #1
The Panama Canal is the most difficult and largest engineering project ever undertaken. The Canal stretches 80 kilometers and provides passage for nearly 14,000 ocean-going vessels per year.
Fun Fact #2
Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic. The Panama Canal is the waterway which joins the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Fun Fact #3
The Panama Canal generates fully one-third of Panama’s entire economy.
Fun Fact #4
Panama set many world records in the area of bird watching and fishing, as it is home to more birds than United States and Canada combined. Panama also has the most diversified wildlife of all the countries in Central America, home to North as well as South American species.
Fun Fact #5
Panama City is the only capital city that has a rain forest within the city limits.
Fun Fact #6
Panama elected its first female President, Mireya Moscoso, in 1999. She was the President from 1999 to 2004, representing the Arnulfista Party.
Fun Fact #7
Panama has the second largest registrant for offshore companies, after Hong Kong.
Fun Fact #8
The Panama Railroad was the most expensive railroad ever built, as it cost 8 million dollars and took 5 years to build. More than 12000 people died in the construction of the railroad. At one point of time, the shares of the railroad were the highest priced stock on the New York Stock Exchange, at $295 per share.