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Panama City, Panama

Panama-Borders and Roads

Learn about entering and exiting Panama with a car, road conditions, camping, and hotels in Panama.  

Basic Facts

  • Population: 3,309,679
  • Capital: Panama City
  • Fun fact: By the time the Panama canal was completed, a total of 27,500 workmen are estimated to have died. (OK, not so "fun")
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Camping and Hotels in Panama

Fortuna Reservoir (south of Chiriquí Grande)

 There is a great bush camping spot right on the Continental Divide, on the road between Chiriquí Grande and the Interamericana. Take the small paved road to the west, immediately south of the divide crest; this is about 35 km south of Chiriquí Grande. Less than a km up this road are several large flat areas on the left. Super quiet and beautiful place to spend a night.

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Additional Panama Border Crossing Information

People's experiences vary depending on crowds at the border, corrupt or honest border officials, and rules can also change. Read about individual experiences at specific borders below.

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The Darien Gap

Read our comprehensive article about shipping around the Darien Gap: roll-on-roll-off and container shipping options, costs, and procedures are all described in detail. Also, look for container sharing opportunities in our forums. If you are trying to get yourself across the Darien Gap to meet your car, we also have a list of ships sailing across the Darien Gap.