Panama, although well known for its canal, is one of the best-kept secrets for extraordinary adventure. From the era of conquistadores, pirates, and buccaneers to modern times, Panama has been a nexus of international commerce. Today it's a virtual Latin Switzerland with more than 100 international banks in the modern and vibrant capital. Panama City is now emerging as one of the most exciting and outstanding ecotourism destinations worldwide. The off-the-beaten-track site is steeped in centuries of history and is surrounded by a truly unique tropical ecosystem.