Panama and its Canal

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For the second consecutive year, Panama hosts a Challenger event in April. Panama, the southernmost country of Central America seceded from Colombia in 1903. Between 1904 and 1914 the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allowed the Panama Canal to be built and in 1977 an agreement was signed for its complete transfer to Panama by the end of the 19th century. Revenue from canal tolls are essential for the local economy.


Venue. The Fred Maduro stadium is located in the Parque Natural Metropolitano, once in the American territory. It also hosted the offices of the national tennis federation and features seven courts.


Ticket. Fans can enter freely during the whole tournament.


Transports. The Fred Maduro centre can be reached only by taxi whose wages are generally cheap but become more expensive during the event. The city is 24 km away from the Tocumen Airport, principal hub of the national airline, Copa Airlines. Also American Airlines, Avianca, Continental, Delta, Iberia and KLM guarantee flights to Panama.


Hotel. Panama is a relevant business destination, so finding a hotel is very easy. The official one is the Victoria Hotel & Suite, offering good qualities with modern and large rooms. Further options are the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (belonging to the Hard Rock chain), the Trump Ocean Club and a Woldorf Astoria for the most affluent clients.


Around the club.  Finding something to eat around the club is quite complicated, unless you're satisfied by plates based on rice or grilled meat bought at the typical kiosks. Driving for 5 minutes fans can reach a store with the “plaza de la comida” with several fast food chains.


Sightseeing. The channel is undoubtedly the main attraction for every tourist. Opened 365 days a year, 24/24, it can be crossed in 4-5 hours. The Carnival is also very popular. During this period the whole people celebrate. Gaming market is legal, so there are many casinos.