Trip to Panama

• A trip to Panama

Panama City - the capital of Panama. Here begins my journey through Central America. In early 2012, the newspaper The New York Times in its annually published list of places on our planet that are worth visiting in the coming year, has put Panama in the first place. I could not help but listen.

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In the past about Panama I knew only that there is the famous Panama Canal. To my surprise, Panama was a very modern city with lots of skyscrapers, good hotels and restaurants.

They say Willie Tokarev his famous "skyscraper" wrote in Panama ..

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Skyscrapers skyscrapers, and I'm a little ...

That scared me, it makes me sad, I lose my mind.

And around - strangers, And all around - strange people, from melancholy wilderness I vodka, vodka does not only take.

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I subscribe to every word.

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Skyscrapers are really a lot. Most of them are faceless and uninteresting. Skyscrapers in Panama City, the highest in the region. And on one "patch of millionaires" are more than in the whole of Central America. Panama is growing before our eyes: the American capital, the second largest in the world (after Hong Kong) offshore zone, the third largest banking center assets. Many people think of Panama City, the most advanced Latin American capital.

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I went for a walk in San Felipe, the historic district of Panama, where the main attractions.

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Now the whole area is actively reduced. Road paving bricks.

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Many of the monuments are closed forests and study them only in pictures.

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Theater!

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Dog!

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A bustling on the streets!

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The Spanish colonial architecture.

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What else has not been restored.

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In the morning, in the elevator I met Russian American. She was horrified to tell about some dangerous areas, where she and her husband even afraid to go out of the car. In general, the more dangerous areas have attracted. I remember when I was walking through a slum in Johannesburg, it was wonderful. But the American was very excited. Judging by the number of police on the streets, there really is not all easy.

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In the business areas at each corner are such police. Apparently, in his hand a gun to the charges, tear gas. Maybe some kind of demonstration going.

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On the areas put police cars with here is a observation tower. At the top of the police to monitor the situation in the area and coordinates the actions of their colleagues on the ground. For the first time I see this.

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Mobile police post, is often put in the troubled areas.

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The police and the security service is used bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles and cars. Generally, police officers on bicycles in tourist areas a lot.

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In this case, there are places where the police and the guard is not at all. The division of the city into districts is expressed very strongly. There are areas wealthy, there is a little dangerous, but there is a danger which should not to meddle. District boundaries are very clear, literally - I went out - and you're out of the business district was in the ghetto. I several times passers gestures showed that "there is better not to go, to stab with a knife, and take away the camera." If you go to a "bad" neighborhood, is a good taxi driver will stop and warn you.

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The main treasure of Panama - a woman.

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They are smart.

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Loose pupsiki in tight T-shirts ...

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It is a pity that I am not an artist, but it would have written a couple of pictures ...

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Shop in disadvantaged areas ...

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The old town is wonderful.

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I thought it was a den, but it was a hospital.

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The city is home to about half of the total population of Panama.

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Dangerous area without police.

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It Kuna. A small tribe of Indians who live in the Kuna Yala. They are afraid not like to be photographed. When an escape chamber and showered photographer cursing.

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Mr Bean.

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Hit of the season - clothing with the logo of "De". On each Shaku selling caps, T-shirts and accessories with this logo. "Oe!" Is one of the wildly popular right now in Panama Colombian series about punk with a mohawk.

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Street hairdresser.

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With orange peel cut and squeezed the juice into the mouth.

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Separate collection of waste.

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The front rooms on the machines are not binding, so each is decorated his wagon as he wants.

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Coach.

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In Panama, you will not find two identical buses.

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For buses have dedicated lanes, but they call in conventional machines.

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The rainy season ...

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My driver stole a purse with documents on the car, so he threw me again and went all recover. I went to watch the neighborhood of Panama - National Park with the Indians and the famous Panama Canal.

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In the morning went to the Chagres Park. He is adjacent to some cement plants and landfills. Very beautiful. Required for entry $ 10.

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Driver.

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On arrival at Chagres National Park transplanted to the pies, which will float down the river to the village Tusipono where Indians Embera tribe live. Usually the cake accompanied by two people: one (is back) controls the engine, the second acting as a forward looking.

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Yesterday there were heavy rains and river pile of logs and junk.

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The Indians are waiting for tourists.

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Guests are greeted in traditional costumes. All dance and rejoice, because each tourist spends $ 30 here.

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In general, I do not like all these clowns for tourists. It is understandable that no one walks in loincloths and not sleeping under a palm tree.

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Village houses.

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Kitchen.

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Dancing for tourists.

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All Crocs go to ... This is the only plus of this place.

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In the village lives a pig, which must slaughter at Christmas.

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While the children are not deyut her sleep.

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All the residents go to loincloths and strive to be like real wild Indians.

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While in the backyard each dried jeans, standing stocks of cola, in the very homes of ordinary furniture, televisions and other household appliances.

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By the afternoon returned to the capital.

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Some sidewalks have canopies.

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In Panama, there are areas where not only afraid to call the police, but also utilities.

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Generally very dirty.

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In the evening went to see the famous Panama Canal. At Miraflores Locks is an observation deck. It works up to 5, the last ticket sold at 4-30. Entrance to the observation worth $ 5.

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The Panama Canal is an important waterway so that there is a special je size standard for ships - Panamax. Ships meeting the standard, can pass through the channel. Almost all cruise ships of the world (with the exception of two or three) correspond to Panamax size.

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The channel is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And despite this, the waiting line for the passage of the raid, constantly facing many large and small ships. The right to pass without queuing can be bought at the auction. 220 thousand dollars paid in 2006, the year for this right tanker Erikoussa. Complete pass through all three gateways ligament takes 6-10 hours.

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In the 2014 centennial of the channel plans to open a third branch gateways. Sponsor of the event is China, which requires delivery of oil from Venezuela. Modern ships have long grown out of Panamax standard. New, deeper and wider gateways can skip supertankers displacement of up to 170 thousand tons.

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700-ton sluice gates

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The evening was a delicious crab.

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That is all.