The Republic of Panama, uniquely situated as a bridge of land between the coasts of North and South America, has inherited one of the most complex ecosystems on this earth. Panama is an extremely beautiful and ecologically diverse country, with a large number of rain forests, cloud forests, cool mountain retreats, pristine beaches, coastlines and islands. There are tremendous opportunities for the development of ecotourism here. In an effort to protect its natural resources, Panama has set aside a huge amount of land that has been allocated for the establishment and maintenance of national parks. As a result, Panama has a total of 17 national parks, forest reserves and wild life refuges.
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