Panama City

Panama City

Setting: Urban / nature

Best time to go: December to September

In a nutshell: Located at the entrance of the famous Panama Canal, Panama City is well known as a hub for international banking and commerce. However, Panama City is also a vibrant, world-class destination bursting with history, cultural expressions, shopping opportunities, nightlife, and amazing biodiversity. The city is divided into three main areas: Modern Panama, Panama La Vieja, and Casco Viejo. Modern Panama, where the financial and commercial districts are located, offers a breathtaking skyline and an immense infrastructure of hotels, malls, restaurants, and nightclubs. Panama La Vieja, located two miles from the city center, is the original enclave of the Spanish capital, now a beautiful archaeological site that you don’t want to miss. Finally, Casco Viejo is the historic center of today’s capital. Narrow cobblestone streets, plazas, churches, and restored public buildings and private houses display a mixture of French and Spanish influences, which add a unique touch to this bustling and colorful neighborhood.

 Highlights

  • Casco Viejo
  • Panama La Vieja archaeological complex
  • Miraflores Locks
  • Metropolitan Park
  • Amador Causeway
  • Best shopping in Latin America

How to get there

  • Daily flights from international cities

What to do: 

  • History tours
  • Canal transits and tours
  • Snorkeling and whale watching in the Pearl Islands
  • Encounters with indigenous communities
  • Rainforest hikes
  • Rafting
  • Train tours
  • Shopping
  • Gambling
  • Vibrant nightlife

 

 

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