Panama was the venue for this year’s Ironman competition Sunday February 12th. Lance Armstrong, the world’s most famous runner participated and came in 2nd.
The course was unusually varied and beautiful. Athletes swam 1.2 miles (1.9 km) in the Pacific Ocean at the entrance to the Panama Canal, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. They then biked 56 miles (90 km), first crossing the Bridge of the Americas connecting Central and South America en route to the Pan-American Highway. The 13.1 mile (21 km), two-loop run course took the athletes through the Amador Causeway, a major tourism area surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, where they can watch ships transit in and out of the Panama Canal while enjoying the beautiful view of they city.
Ironman is another major event for which Panama was chosen just after last weeks USA Bachelor TV program.
Monday February Panama j hosted The Bachelor, the popular American “find- a wife- series.” This was great opportunity for Panama to show off the modern city city of Panama and a variety of nearby attractions.
Most of the program was in Panama City, the capital of Panama. The Bachelor, and the girls stayed at the iconic Trump Ocean Club hotel- called the only 7 star hotel in Latin America. The rooms and social areas show in the various segments filmed showcased Trump’s the sumptous , modern design.
For the dates, there was the visit to Embera Indian jungle village just 1.5 hours from Panama City. The contestants dance with the colorful Indians, and got natural tatoos of rainforest dyes painted on their bodies. Right out the the pages of National Geographic.
Another date, was a day on an island in the San Blas Islands, idyllic mostly uninhabited islands in Panama’s Caribbean called by Lonely Planet the most beautiful in the world
Other dates took place in Panama’s historic sector - Casco Viejo- a neighborhood with many beautifully restored buildings and a lively nightlife scene. The dates were dinners on the terraces of several restaurants and some salsa dancing at the famous Havana night club.
This seems to be Panama’s moment- the NY Times just called Panama City “the number one place to visit in 2012″ - The Bachelor program is one more feather in Panama hat.