martes, 20 de octubre de 2015

Trip to Panama la Vieja

Last week we visited one of the most important places in Panamá City.. Panama La Vieja.

Panamá La Vieja is the remaining part of the old Panama City and former capital of the country. It is located in the suburbs of the modern city. Together with the historical district of Panamá, it forms a World Heritage Site from 1997.


A settlement was founded on August 15, 1519 by Pedro Arias Dávila and other 100 inhabitants. At the time, it was the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Ocean, replacing the two cities of Santa María la Antigüa del Darién and Acla. Two years later, in 1521, the settlement was promoted to the status of city by a royal decree and was given a coat of arms by Charles V of Spain, forming a new cabildo. Shortly after its creation the city became a starting point for various expeditions in Peru and an important base where gold and silver were sent to Spain.

The student visited the visitor center and learned a lot about the history of this place and then, they walked to the catedral until the top of the tower.

They spend a good time! 






miércoles, 14 de octubre de 2015

Ana Claudia Selles - EPA! Student

Ana Claudia is one of our students of EPA! Español en Panamá

She has been student with us during some months ago and she wants to talk about her experience at EPA!


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Trip to Smithsonian Exhibition Center


Last week we visited the Smithsonian Exhibition Center at Costway.
Costway are four small islands by the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. They are linked to the mainland via causeway, made from rock extracted during the excavations from the Panama Canal. In part the causeway was meant to serve as a breakwater for the entrance.


It is a recreational center in the city of Panama, on one of the islands joined by the causeway. This is administered by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and aims to promote knowledge on the biodiversity of the tropics and conservation. The center has a museum where exhibits on marine biology are presented and tropical ecosystems. It also maintains several aquariums and nature trail to a strip of dry forest tropical.

The students had a great experiences touching the starfishes, sea cucumbers and learning more of our natural resourses.











miércoles, 7 de octubre de 2015

Paseo al Museo del Canal de Panamá

Some days ago we visited the Panama Canal Museum with students of EPA!
Helen from Germany, Joao from Brasil and Jimmy from North Korea.
We had a wonderful time learning about the history of The Panana Canal and more. In the museum there is an special room of antique photography; It was very interesting.
Then, we visited La Rana Dorada, this is a nice bar where you can try different kind of artesanal beers. The students had a nice afternoon trying the beers and practicing spanish.