9 of the Coolest Neighbourhoods In The World; Piccavey

The latest list of Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World is out. Barcelona and Madrid in Spain both appear on this listing. Chicago, Athens and other vibrant…

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Panama City Day Tour; Get Your Guide

Spend the day in Panama City, exploring the best of the city: from Panama Canal to the open-air museum in Punta Culebra, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Viejo.

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Top things to do in Panama; Noel; Travel Photo Discovery

Top things to do in Panama – explore the exotic areas, a hip modern capital, historic sites, amazing cuisine and street foods and popular areas of Panama | Travel Photo Discovery

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In Panama City’s booming colonial core, locals fight to stay; Juan Zamorano; AP

PANAMA CITY (AP) – Esther Marina Sanchez has watched her neighborhood – the heart of Panama City – transformed by its designation as a UNESCO world heritage site. Tourists and well-heeled Panamanians now stroll the paving-stone streets among gaudy hotels, fancy restaurants and trendy discos that have popped up in once-dilapidated colonial-era buildings. Gone are the gangs, the decay and abandoned structures – as well as Sanchez’s home, and those of most of her neighbors. Sanchez recalled how her landowner offered the family money 2½ years ago, but said they didn’t really have a choice: “Take it or leave it, but you’re leaving.

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The Unintended Consequences of UNESCO World Heritage Listing; Chloe Maurel; Brewminate

var infolinks_pid = 3064406; var infolinks_wsid = 0; UNESCO-listed heritage site Machu Picchu attracts around 1,000 tourists a day. Rodrigo Argenton/Wikipedia, Creative Commons Is UNESCO’s pr…

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Youth from Caribbean SIDS and Central American Countries Develop Tourist Guides for Coiba National Park in Panama; UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Panama – Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection

Fourteen youth, with common interests in marine biodiversity and climate change, developed two tourist guides for the Coiba National Park in Panama, in the framework of the World Heritage Youth Project on Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change that was organized in January 2016 by the World Heritage Centre in cooperation with Mar Viva Foundation.

The creation of tourist guides was initiated by the participants during the activities carried out under the youth project. Afterwards, MarViva Foundation engaged in consolidation, translation and digitization of the tourist guides. With the collaboration of the Ministry of Environment of Panama and the University of Panama, the guides were officially produced and printed in English and Spanish.

The tourist guides offer two different tour options on the Coiba Island – the Santa Cruz Trail and the Coiba’s Treasures Tour.

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Finding Panama City’s groove with Hard Rock; Pamela Jacobs; Travel Weekly

Panama – Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá

“Music is in our DNA,” Vince Koehle, marketing director of Hard Rock Hotels in the Americas, told me over dinner. It was my first evening at the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis, and already this was evident.

I’d spent the afternoon toying with the Fender Telecaster guitar that was mine for the duration of my stay, and the early part of the evening on a music memorabilia tour led by the property’s “Vibe Manager.” After dinner, I watched that same manager sing alongside guests during live-band karaoke.

Those with a music obsession will feel right at home at the 66-story tower, in the heart of Panama City.

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How a Deadly Prison Island Became a Natural Paradise; Sarah Gibbens; National Geographic

Panama – Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection

For almost 100 years, Coíba was inhabited only by criminals and political prisoners. Now it’s one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.

Beautiful but extremely dangerous—that’s how many Panamanians think of the island of Coíba 30 miles from their southern coast.

The largest island of the 38 islands contained in Coíba National Park, Coíba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Containing just over 120,000 acres, it makes those who visit its shores feel as if they’re stepping back in time to an era when the Earth was undeveloped. In addition to the 1,450 plant species on the island, Coíba’s forests are filled with hundreds of unique animals, and pristine coral reefs lie just beyond Coíba’s beaches.

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8 endangered UNESCO sites to see now; Jen Rose Smith; CNN

Panama – Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

(CNN) – Florida manatees swim and sleep in the sunshine and golden-brown panthers prowl the shady forests at Everglades National Park.

A swampy wilderness of gnarled cypress stands and waving sawgrass just beyond Miami’s suburbs, this 1.5 million-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site can seem timeless.
But rising sea levels have spiked the fresh groundwater beneath the Everglades with salt, and plants and wildlife must quickly adapt to new conditions to survive.
That’s why the Everglades are among the eight World Heritage Sites in the Americas included in UNESCO’s list of “World Heritage in Danger,” an exclusive club of 55 destinations, dominated by war-torn countries and terrorist hotspots.
Stretching from the Florida backwoods to an ancient Peruvian city and ghostly Chilean mines, these eight sites are some of the Americas’ most extraordinary places.

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Panama’s sights span centuries as its canal joins oceans; Lini S Kadaba; Inquirer

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Panama – Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Our speedboat trail of white foam stretches in a wide arc far behind as we race across Lake Gatun. We’re searching for monkeys on the islands scattered across this massive man-made lake.

As the boat nears the promisingly named Monkey Island, it pulls close to the bank where several tree branches overhang the water. There!

The ranger whispers that the little creatures with red patches of hair behind their ears are tamarin monkeys. They scamper through the lower branches, and two jump onto the bow of the boat, jostling for tidbits of food that the guide unfortunately offers. Still, we get a close-up view. The tamarins soon retreat, and the guide points out black-mantled howler monkeys, including a baby, up in the foliage.

This is Day Three of our week here.

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