For well-travelled tourists, Panama is the destination to visit this year. With jungles, incredible wildlife, modern and stylish infrastructure, and a paradise for surfers and outdoor activity lovers, Panama is definitely a hot destination.
Panama City is a worldwide known place for its Canal, but beyond this incredible example of modern engineering work, Panama’s old quarter, Casco Viejo, is a spot to enjoy the colonial heritage of the country, charming buildings, lovely cafes, and the chance to see celebrities and artists, who find this secret spot a perfect place to relax and enjoy one of the best countries of the Caribbean.
Apart from hosting incredible festivals, such as the Gastronomy or Film Festivals, and having one of the best Carnivals in the world, Panama’s contribution to culture is expanding constantly. The highlight of 2012 is the opening of the Museum of Biodiversity, designed by Frank Gehry, that will take place later this year.
The Museum of Biodiversity will contain 8 exhibitions that will mainly revolve around the idea of Panama’s biodiversity, to be led by the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Panama. Besides being a museum it will also have the capacity to host small events such as concerts, private events and expositions. The Gehry design is expected to attract tourists and help the growth of Panama’s cultural attractions. The museum should have a similar effect as Gehry’s Guggenheim design had for Bilbao, which rejuvenated and placed the city on the map as an important architectural destination.
The site will provide beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and of the ships entering the emblematic Panama Canal. The building will have the same unusual Gehry design, and each panel will be painted in different bright colours, reflecting Panama’s tropical scene.
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