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Currency

The official currency is the Balboa, which exists only in coin format. Paper money is the US Dollar which is also legal tender and used as the day-to-day currency in Panama. (One dollar is equal to one balboa.) The closest ATMs to Eco Venao are in Pedasi at the Caja de Ahorros or Banco Nacional where most major credit cards are accepted.
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Language

Spanish is the main language and only a few locals in the area speak English. Most employees at Eco Venao have very limited English, but will certainly try to help out as much as possible. Our managers speak English and French also.

Health

There are good, although small rural hospitals in Tonosí and in Pedasí, both of which are a 30 minute drive from Eco Venao. Both towns also have pharmacies stocked with most basic medicines. There have been no cases of Malaria or Dengue Fever in the immediate area. This is largely due to the absence of mosquitos. Thankfully, they are only occasional visitors here. Noseeums known locally as Chitras (sandflies) can be a nuisance during sunrise and sunset. Herbal repellants may be helpful to bring with you.

In recent years there have been a handful of cases of the rodent borne Hantavirus in the region. While travelling, or on your return, it is always advisable to seek medical advice for any high fever or other flu like symptoms.

Weather

Temperatures range between 24º and 33º Celsius (75º and 91º Fahrenheit) in both the rainy and dry seasons – so there is no need to bring woolly jumpers to Eco Venao. The dry season is from December to April/May and the rainy season is from May/June to November – approximately.

The dry season usually brings months of sunny days without a cloud in the sky. The rainy season is very unpredictable – a week of fine weather is not uncommon. The tropical rain can be an awesome spectacle. Both seasons have their magic.

12/17/2017, 4:48 am
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
23°C
real feel: 26°C
current pressure: 1010 mb
humidity: 80%
sunrise: 6:26 am
sunset: 6:07 pm