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Filming in Panama

Nestled between Costa Rica and Colombia in Central America, tropical Panama is only a few hours’ flight from New York and Los Angeles.

For filmmakers looking to shoot on location it offers environments ranging from deserts and beaches to centuries-old rainforests and dramatic landscapes carved by volcanic activity.

Panama has nearly 50 ecological reservations and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it very appealing for wildlife documentaries planning a location shoot.

In addition to the eye-catching natural landscapes, there’s plenty of historical architecture tracing several hundred years of colonial history.

Much of this can be found alongside the bustling modern metropolis that is Panama City.
Filmmakers can also take advantage of various special economic zones. Available benefits include tax-free temporary importation of equipment, no payroll tax, free working permits and cheap location filming permits.
Much of the country remains under-filmed and is a visual treat waiting for roving cameras.

Being that this was a first-season show, we wanted to land in a location that was close enough to the US that would allow us to have the option to bring in last-minute crew, gear and support, yet still fill the vision of something exotic and different that our audience wouldn’t expect and haven’t seen before.”

Joe Coleman, Co-EP

Climate

Panama has a tropical climate with high temperatures - an average of 27C - throughout the year although it is cooler in the mountains. The wet season lasts from May to November. The rainfall on the Pacific coast is twice as heavy as that on the Caribbean coast.

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