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UNESCO World Heritage

Panama, Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 21, 2013 at 09:17:51

Location Provinces of Veraguas and Chiriquí, Panama
Coordinates N7 25 58.8 W81 45 57.6
Property 270,125 ha
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1138 )

Coiba National Park, off the southwest coast of Panama, protects Coiba Island, 38 smaller islands and the surrounding marine areas within the Gulf of Chiriqui. Protected from the cold winds and effects of El Niño, Coiba’s Pacific tropical moist forest maintains exceptionally high levels of endemism of mammals, birds and plants due to the ongoing evolution of new species. It is also the last refuge for a number of threatened animals such as the crested eagle. The property is an outstanding natural laboratory for scientific research and provides a key ecological link to the Tropical Eastern Pacific for the transit and survival of pelagic fish and marine mammals.

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Isla Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park

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Panama, Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 21, 2013 at 09:07:59

Location Panama’ Province, Panama’ District, Panama City, Panama
Coordinates N8 57 4 W79 32 26
Property 57 ha
Date of Inscription 1997

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/790 )

Founded in 1519 by the conquistador Pedrarías Dávila, Panamá Viejo is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. It was laid out on a rectilinear grid and marks the transference from Europe of the idea of a planned town. Abandoned in the mid-17th century, it was replaced by a ‘new town’ (the ‘Historic District’), which has also preserved its original street plan, its architecture and an unusual mixture of Spanish, French and early American styles. The Salón Bolívar was the venue for the unsuccessful attempt made by El Libertador in 1826 to establish a multinational continental congress.

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Cathedral, Panama Viejo Metropolitan Cathedral, Historic District of Panama Society of Jesus, Historic District of Panama

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Panama, Darien National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 21, 2013 at 08:56:06

Location Province of Darien, Panama
Coordinates N7 44 10 W77 32 50
Property 575,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1981

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/159 )

Forming a bridge between the two continents of the New World, Darien National Park contains an exceptional variety of habitats – sandy beaches, rocky coasts, mangroves, swamps, and lowland and upland tropical forests containing remarkable wildlife. Two Indian tribes live in the park.

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Darien National Park Beach, Darien National Park

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Panama, Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 21, 2013 at 08:47:15

Location Province of Colon - Distric of Cristobal, Panama
Coordinates N9 33 14 W79 39 21
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/135 )

Magnificent examples of 17th- and 18th-century military architecture, these Panamanian forts on the Caribbean coast form part of the defence system built by the Spanish Crown to protect transatlantic trade.

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Portobelo ruins, Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama, Portobelo-San Lorenzo Santiago Battery, Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama, Portobelo-San Lorenzo

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Costa Rica, Panama, Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 17, 2013 at 05:38:13

Location Provincias de Bocas del Toro y Chiriqui, Panama; San Jose, Cartago, Limon and Puntarenas Provinces, Costa Rica
Coordinates N9 24 25.5 W82 56 19.7
Type Natural
Property 570,045 ha
Date of Inscription 1983

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/205 )

The location of this unique site in Central America, where Quaternary glaciers have left their mark, has allowed the fauna and flora of North and South America to interbreed. Tropical rainforests cover most of the area. Four different Indian tribes inhabit this property, which benefits from close co-operation between Costa Rica and Panama.

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La Amistad National Park Cloud forest, La Amistad International Park

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