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Diving in Portobelo


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Travelling approximately two hours from Panama City you will find Portobelo, located in the Colon province on the Atlantic coast of Panama. The City from where the South America's gold was transferred to Spain during the colonial time, mostly in the XVI, XVII and XVIII century; a very attractive site for pirates. Portobelo is a magical spot for diving and snorkeling. In the beautiful 70 kilometers coast made up between the San Cristobal Bay, to the north and the Buenaventura Bay to the south, important extensions of coral reefs, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and beaches with incredible landscapes are under development. There four species of marine tortoises nest among them the threatened Carey. In the deep waters you can find colonial artifacts, bullets, cannons, sunken galleons and countless number of relics of the time of the conquest by pirates and Spanish armada.

The Portobelo National Park has 35,929 hectares of which 22.4% is marine area. This region is a World Heritage Site and there are coral reefs all along the coast: It is one of the largest biodiversity's in the world and has over 53 coral species which have been classified in the marine area and associated fauna. There is a large variety of mangrove species that habitat to different species and important sites in the life cycle of others. The benefits of this ecosystem allow the production of food for a large amount of species. The abundant invertebrate life makes the area an ideal place for specialized underwater photography.

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