Panama in detail


  • Asking for help Say discúlpame to get someone's attention; perdón to say 'excuse me.'
  • Personal space Don't be surprised if locals have fewer boundaries about personal space than what's customary in North America and Europe.
  • Visiting indigenous communities Ask permission to take photos, particularly of children, and dress more modestly than beachwear. Some bargaining may be appropriate for buying crafts but not for lodging and food. The best gifts for children are those that are useful (pens, paper, notebooks, creative games or books), not sweets.
  • Surfing Novice surfers should be aware of 'dropping in' on more experienced surfers and of swimmers in their path.