is a long stretched country on the southern end of Central America.
The Panama Canal
is its landmark feature
and its tolls provide a main chunk of Panama's annual revenues.
Lately banking, financial and tourism industries add to
the economy, which is one of the fastest growing in the region.
In 1501 the first Spanish explorers arrived. A year later Columbus
himself visited the area.
Panama city was founded in 1519 and became a major link in bringing the looted Inca gold from Peru
Panama gained independence in 1821.
We spent a couple of days in Panama in January 2007 to see old Panama City,
do the Panama Canal and explore wildlife on Gatun Lake.