New Luxury Collection hotel in Panama

The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort is the ultimate getaway world-class golf destination, located in the exclusive community of Santa Maria, a five-star enclave delivering bespoke experiences crafted for travelers seeking a deeper, more authentic connection to the places they visit. As a true Destination Authority®, the resort’s team of experienced concierges led by Les Clefs d´Or® invite guests to explore the hidden gems of Panama’s culture and to live unique lifetime experiences that are a reflection of its culture and its love for the outdoors. A place where explorers of today can experience the treasures of Panama.

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LOCATION

– 7 miles, 9 minutes’ drive from Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

– 8 miles, 12 minutes’ drive from Panama City

– Next to the business community of Costa del Este and Santa Maria Business Districts

ACCOMMODATIONS

This luxurious urban oasis boasts elegantly-appointed deluxe guestrooms and suites with authentic Panamanian design elements including the Guna Yala inspired traditional Mola bed runners, handmade baskets made by the Embera indigenous community and wood extracted from the depth of the Gatun Lake.

Offering 182 luxury rooms with stunning urban and golf course views including:

– 164 spacious Deluxe Rooms (52 Double Bedrooms)

– 16 One-bedroom Executive Suites featuring private living room and golf course views

– 2 exceptionally spacious Suites: The Master Suite and The Grand Suite beautifully decorated and privately set with dining room, living room, and stunning golf course views. The Grand Suite features a private terrace, perfect for a hospitality suite.

NICKLAUS DESIGN GOLF COURSE

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Is the centerpiece of the 285 hectares of the Santa Maria community. The 18 hole, 72-par Nicklaus Design private golf course is immaculately groomed to perfection. The golf course features rippling fairways, beautiful greens, and sculpted bunkers, forming the center stage of the resort and creating breathtaking views from nearly every corner.

For more information, please contact us at info@discoversublime.com  or info@ecocircuitos.com .  This is the ideal place for your meetings, incentives, and conventions.

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EcoCircuitos Pride Tours

By:  Carina Forster – Intern from Austria

Over the years Panama has become a multi-cultural place, influenced by a variety of different world-powers. Today it is considered one of the most open-minded countries for gay people in Central America. Even though Panama is a religious catholic country and gay marriage is still not legal, people are generally accepting on a personal level. The constantly growing Gay Community in Panama is very welcoming and accessible. Since 2005, a Gay Pride Parade is held every year and the famous annual carnival on the Peninsula Azuero has become an adopted holiday for Panama’s gay population.

Nightlife is extensive in Panama City; there are several Gourmet Restaurants, Clubs and Bars where you can party until dawn. During the day time you can find a variety of beaches, forests, and historical sites along with many other interesting things to see. Panama offers a wide variety of gay friendly hotels at amazing destinations. Weather you seek for party, luxury, adventure, family trips or a romantic time with your partner, Panama is the place for you to go.

EcoCircuitos offers various LGBT tours and vacation options throughout Panama:

  • Adventure Tours
  • Honeymoon
  • Beach Retreats
  • Romantic Tours
  • Family Tours
  • Educational Tours

Join our tours!  and work with the family!

New Coffee Farm: Finca Ceriana

Strategically located between the highlands and lowlands of Chiriquí, Finca Ceriana forms part of a privately protected area for the conservation of flora and fauna in the region.

One of Finca Ceriana’s unique characteristics is the number of bird species and other animals from the upper and lower mountain areas. The property is part of the biological corridor that hosts the famous volcano lagoons and a large variety of animal and plant species. Apart from being an important migration zone for birds, the biological corridor of the lagoons and Finca Ceriana is vital for the wellbeing of the protected areas of La Amistad International Park and Baru Volcano National Park. 

The farm offers its visitors easy nature trails for outdoor activities and particularly bird watching, a unique canopy tower, gourmet picnic, sugar cane mill and much more. The total area counts 10 hectares of protected land and nearly 3 kilometers of nature trails, in addition to one of the most beautiful views to Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce and Osa peninsula as well as to Punta Burica in Panama.

 

The Biomuseum

After generating great expectations, the Biomuseo of Panama will open its doors in 2014 to visitors, onlookers, tourists, students, and scientists. This remarkable museum is a living vessel that tells an equally remarkable story: the emergence of the isthmus of Panama and how it changed the world. Designed by Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is a powerful combination of science, art, and design. Gehry’s oeuvre, more than any other current architect, closely resembles that of a contemporary artist and sculptor. References to local culture and biodiversity (its colors, for example) and even to the canal’s surrounding architecture (its roofs and architectural forms) have made the Biomuseo a unique masterpiece within this Canadian architect’s famous body of work.

Possessing a remarkable vitality, color, and brightness, the building seems to throw its gaze towards the landscape of the Pacific Ocean and finally merge with it. Facing the Bay of Panama at the entrance of the Panama Canal in the Pacific, the Biomuseo seems to float along with the other ships, like a vessel full of color.

The Biomuseo’s fundamental mission is to make us more aware of our responsibility towards the world, through a continuous reflection on biodiversity. The goal is to place a powerful accent on the importance of biodiversity, especially Panama’s. To achieve this, we have given a new twist to the traditional exhibition concept through montages that provide strong sensory impact, motivate learning and discovery, and combine technology, art, and design.

The Biomuseo aims to become a landmark and a symbol of global concern for the environment and conservation, while spreading to the world the extraordinary natural and cultural heritage of Panama. The project is designed to produce a sustained international effect, thus helping to create a new understanding of the greatest wealth of the XXI century: the wealth of our natural economy.

  • The Biomuseum’s central exhibition is titled Panama: Bridge of Life. Initially, the museum will open with five of the eight projected galleries.

 Gallery of Biodiversity

There is an incredible abundance and variety of life on Earth. The visitor is greeted with a huge multicolored stained glass, fourteen meters long and eight meters high, representing the explosion of life in Panama.

 Panamarama

We live surrounded by a vast amount of living beings and communities. A three-story projection space with ten screens will immerse the visitor in an audiovisual rendering of the natural marvels that compose all of Panama’s ecosystems.

 Building the Bridge

Panama is a living bridge that emerged from the sea three million years ago. The tectonic forces inside the Earth that formed the isthmus are represented by three rock formations, fourteen feet high, in a space full of tactile and physical encounters with the geological world.

 Worlds Collide

The closure of the isthmus of Panama generated a great exchange of species between North and South America, two land masses that had been separated for 70 million years. The visitor is received by two animal stampedes representing the megafauna that began this unique journey almost three million years ago.

 The Human Path

Human beings are an integral part of nature. In a partially open-air space, sixteen columns provide information on the relations between human activity and nature in Panama 15,000 years ago — the estimated date when the first settlers arrived to the isthmus — to the present.

 For more information on how to visit us during our soft opening period, go to:

http://www.biomuseopanama.org/es/preapertura

The Biomuseum

After generating great expectations, the Biomuseo of Panama will open its doors in 2014 to visitors, onlookers, tourists, students, and scientists. This remarkable museum is a living vessel that tells an equally remarkable story: the emergence of the isthmus of Panama and how it changed the world. Designed by Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is a powerful combination of science, art, and design. Gehry’s oeuvre, more than any other current architect, closely resembles that of a contemporary artist and sculptor. References to local culture and biodiversity (its colors, for example) and even to the canal’s surrounding architecture (its roofs and architectural forms) have made the Biomuseo a unique masterpiece within this Canadian architect’s famous body of work.

Possessing a remarkable vitality, color, and brightness, the building seems to throw its gaze towards the landscape of the Pacific Ocean and finally merge with it. Facing the Bay of Panama at the entrance of the Panama Canal in the Pacific, the Biomuseo seems to float along with the other ships, like a vessel full of color.

The Biomuseo’s fundamental mission is to make us more aware of our responsibility towards the world, through a continuous reflection on biodiversity. The goal is to place a powerful accent on the importance of biodiversity, especially Panama’s. To achieve this, we have given a new twist to the traditional exhibition concept through montages that provide strong sensory impact, motivate learning and discovery, and combine technology, art, and design.

The Biomuseo aims to become a landmark and a symbol of global concern for the environment and conservation, while spreading to the world the extraordinary natural and cultural heritage of Panama. The project is designed to produce a sustained international effect, thus helping to create a new understanding of the greatest wealth of the XXI century: the wealth of our natural economy.

  • The Biomuseum’s central exhibition is titled Panama: Bridge of Life. Initially, the museum will open with five of the eight projected galleries.

 Gallery of Biodiversity

There is an incredible abundance and variety of life on Earth. The visitor is greeted with a huge multicolored stained glass, fourteen meters long and eight meters high, representing the explosion of life in Panama.

 Panamarama

We live surrounded by a vast amount of living beings and communities. A three-story projection space with ten screens will immerse the visitor in an audiovisual rendering of the natural marvels that compose all of Panama’s ecosystems.

 Building the Bridge

Panama is a living bridge that emerged from the sea three million years ago. The tectonic forces inside the Earth that formed the isthmus are represented by three rock formations, fourteen feet high, in a space full of tactile and physical encounters with the geological world.

 Worlds Collide

The closure of the isthmus of Panama generated a great exchange of species between North and South America, two land masses that had been separated for 70 million years. The visitor is received by two animal stampedes representing the megafauna that began this unique journey almost three million years ago.

 The Human Path

Human beings are an integral part of nature. In a partially open-air space, sixteen columns provide information on the relations between human activity and nature in Panama 15,000 years ago — the estimated date when the first settlers arrived to the isthmus — to the present.

 For more information on how to visit us during our soft opening period, go to:

http://www.biomuseopanama.org/es/preapertura

ExpoTurismo Panama 2014

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The Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture (CCIAP) and the Panama Chamber of Tourism (CAMTUR), with the support of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) are organizing the fifth (V) edition of the International Tourism Expo, to be held on September 26 and 27, 2014 in the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama City.

The International Tourism Expo has become the annual meeting place for tourist service providers and wholesalers from more than 20 countries who attend this event seeking new destinations, suppliers, and a variety of products and services to offer.

We invite you to be a part of this very important project that benefits all companies in the tourist industry, since the fair serves as a business replication tool through the high-quality attendees it attracts. By pulling together such a range of different tourism service providers in the fair, we have consolidated numerous benefits that will attract over 130 big-name wholesale companies from abroad who come in search of new products and services from the participating exhibitors at the International Tourism Expo.

Our goal this year is to have the largest number of exhibiting countries so as to offer a wider variety to the wholesale buyers attending the event. The idea is to create a networking dynamic that will benefit as many countries as possible. Since these wholesalers are coming from more than 20 countries in Europe, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, companies such as airlines, tourism ministries, hotels and other lodging establishments would find it beneficial to participate and make contacts with all these people from different source markets gathered in one place whom are potential consumers of the products and services on exhibit.

One of the main benefits of this fair is that we have made a website ​​available to all participants for them to view the profiles of registered purchasers. An application will also allow them to request appointments in advance with those they are interested in meeting during the expo, thus compiling a virtual business agenda. In this way we can ensure that all exhibitors will have guaranteed business meetings. The event will be closed to general public on the first day and open exclusively for wholesalers and exhibitors, in order for them to conduct the scheduled meetings without any interruptions or distractions.