Panama: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Arriving in Panama, the broad cultural and ethnic diversity ofthis small country is one of its most outstanding and attractiveattributes, and is reflected in its many customs. There is not justthe beauty of the countryside to be discovered, but the variety ofregional and local ways of life.Panama has preserved much of its indigenous Indian culture andthis unique way of life continues to thrive alongside the imprintof two centuries of development. Small though it is, Panamacombines the latest technology and modern commerce with anenvironmentally and anthropologically rich heritage. This meansthat you can be in the fast-moving metropolis of Panama City, andyet be less than an hour’s flight away from dense rain forests andthe very different indigenous cultural life.Despite continuous foreign domination in the past, thePanamanians now have complete sovereignty over their country.Masters in their own house at last, they are both proud andwelcoming. Good manners are as important to them as the originallaid-back Latin style, and you will find them friendly, polite, andrelaxed.Culture Smart! Panama hopes to enrich your experience byoffering insights into Panamanian society and sensibilities, andpractical advice on how to behave in different situations. Itdescribes the historical background, values and attitudes, andPanamanian life at work and at home. The better you come to knowthese resourceful and hospitable people, the warmer your welcomewill be.