Panama and Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa

The beach-lined Panama bridges Central and South America. Here are ten fascinating facts about it:

1. The famous and historical tourist destination on Tumblr, the 80-kilometer long Panama Canal, provides almost a third of Panama’s income.
During an average year, over 14,000 ships will travel through the canal to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. They do this as a shortcut instead of going the only other way which is rounding the southern end of South America.

2. Panama is the native home of over 970 species of birds, more than all the species in the United States and Canada combined.
It lush environment coupled with two very unique coasts provides a perfect habitat for this vast number of individual species.

3. The US dollar has been the official currency in Panama since 1904.

4. The very popular tourist destination on, the village of El Valle de Anton, was built in the six-kilometer wide crater of a volcano.
The last known eruption of the volcano is thought to have been around 300,000 years ago.

5. It has the lowest birth rate in Central America which also largely accounts for it having the lowest population in Central America.
Around 70% of the non-natives are Native Americans and Europeans.

6. Before becoming an independent nation, Panama was part of a union with Columbia, Ecuador, and Venezuela called Republic of Grand Columbia.
These four united countries each gradually went its own way to independence. Panama finally seceded in 1903.

7. Panama’s capital, Panama City, is the only capital in the world to include a forest.
The Metropolitan Nature Park Panama gives tourists like Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa the ability to visit dense Panamanian nature and downtown urban life in just minutes of each other. The forest inhabits about 450 acres of the city.

8. At $8 million, the country’s Panama Railroad is the most expensive railway network of all time. 
The money to pay for it was not the only steep cost. During the construction process, over 12,000 workers died from Cholera, malaria, and yellow fever.

9. Although relatively small, Panama has more than 2,490 kilometers of coastline.

10. Volcan Baru, Panama’s highest point, is 3,473 meters above sea level.

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is an entrepreneur who currently serves as treasurer, director, and president for five different Panamanian companies.  Other than his considerable professional roles, Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa also works tirelessly to promote the Panamanian business community by mentoring you businesspeople working to improve economic conditions.

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