Panama and tourism are inseparable terms. It’s the mixture between the colonial and the modern which makes this country one of those destinations which surprises you with every step you take. The tourist Panama mixes old Spanish churches with skyscrapers, the spectacular canal with views of the Ancon Hill. Your adventure begins as soon as you arrive at Panama airport. Would you like to know what to do and what to see?
What to do in Panama
If your head is full of questions like “What to do in Panama?” or “What to see in Panama?”, many surprises await you. Admire some of the best places!
Panama City has a historic centre that you’ll love; it’s very similar to colonial cities of great importance such as Havana or San Juan. Walking through its streets you can discover the great melting pot of civilizations that the history of the place contains.
The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is one of the most famous and most admired engineering works in the world. Thanks to the canal, goods are distributed more quickly and efficiently. For example, it is used to transport wine from Chile to New York.
Miraflores Visitor Centre
Tourists from Europe and all over the world gather at this Visitor Centre. It’s a very important museum that highlights the importance of the canal. You can experience the sensation of crossing it in a large boat. You’ll also see how the boats enter and how the locks or gates are opened, changing the flow of water.
From this place, located on the highest mountain in the city, you can enjoy great views which contrast the colonial part of the city with the skyscrapers. During the American jurisdiction, the highest ranking military officers and their families lived here.
The Biomuseo is one of the biggest surprises in Panama. There you can see the only work of the famous architect Frank Gehry in all Latin America.
Gamboa Rainforest Resort
It’s one of the most surprising, fascinating and interesting activities in the entire city. An oasis of peace located in the Panama Canal itself. There you’ll have the chance to rent a boat accompanied by a guide and soak up all the flora and fauna of the place.
An essential activity here is to take the cable car. Although it’s only 25 metres high, you’ll go into lush vegetation, being able to see how animals live in freedom together with an authentic paradise of native trees. It’s an authentic paradise located just 40 kilometres away from the city.
Where to sleep in Panama City
It all depends on what you like best. If your preference is to venture into the financial zone of American influence, a good hotel would be, for example, the Western Zen of Panama. However, if you prefer to go to the historic centre and enjoy more colonial views, we recommend places like the Tantalo Hotel or the Central Hotel Panama. The difference is the perspective from which you want to discover the intricate history of this place.
Advantages of visiting Panama
In Panama City, you can enjoy an exquisite and cosmopolitan tourism with a truly unique atmosphere worldwide. In addition, in case you need any more reasons, you’ll understand and admire the contrast of its history, the new versus the old, the comparison between the world of finance and the colonial past.
The people you will meet there are hardworking and friendly, and they’ll make your stay unique. Likewise, you can say that you have seen with your own eyes the most famous engineering work in the world: the Panama Canal. As if that were not enough, in addition to cultural tourism you’ll have the chance to relax on the beaches of Panama, which are the envy of the whole planet.
Another advantage and reason to visit Panama is to visit one of its rooftop bars. That is to say, its terraces on the high roofs of the buildings, where very original bars are set up. On top of it all, with a drink in your hands, you’ll feel the greatness of the city and the immensity of what surrounds you. Finally, a trip to Panama is also an opportunity to visit other interesting nearby places such as Portobello, San Blas, the village of the Emberá Indians in the Chagres River National Park or the island of Taboga. You’ll never stop discovering beautiful places!
Come to Panama and you won’t want to leave
In Panama, tourism is growing day by day, which is not surprising. When travelling to Panama, the prices can range from the most affordable to as much as you want to spend. And its views, culture and cuisine, which cannot be found anywhere else, will fascinate you. What are you waiting for to discover its advantages for yourself?