From the architectural feat of the mighty Panama Canal to to the two old sectors of the city, explore the unqiue attractions of Panama City.
Take time to explore the city with the range of unique activities and sights on offer. A must-see during your time here is the mighty Panama Canal, spanning 80km from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast, considered one of the most significant waterways on the planet, with several thousand vessels passing through each year. Head to the Miraflores Locks for great views of the locks in operation, just ten minutes from the Waldorf Astoria Panama Hotel and take a look at the murals which depict the story of the canal. Visit the Amador Causeway, which connects the three islands to the mainland. Hire a bike or enjoy a meal or drink in one of the many bars and restaurants in the area and enjoy the stunning views of Panama City and the Puente de las Americas.
The original city – Panama Viejo dates back to the 16th Century and offers a marvellous look into the past with a great museum full of artefacts and a scale model of the city. Take another step into history in Casco Viejo (The Old City), dating back to the 17th Century Spanish era, and home to many colonial government buildings, cathedrals, and museums. The restoration has resulted in a semi-gentrified area with magnificent buildings sitting next to charming crumbling ruins, creating a totally unique atmosphere. Head to the boundaries of the city, to visit the stunning protected Parque Natural Metropolitano, one of the last areas of pacific dry forest in Central America. View the large number of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles which reside in the park.
The massive Panama Canal is one of the most famous landmarks in Panama City. Make sure to view the murals, and the views from the Miraflores Locks, or take a boat ride down the canal.
Connecting the three islands to the mainland, the Amador Causeway boasts great views, bars, restaurants, and bike hiring.
A labyrinth of contrasts, the semi-restored Old City offers a unique look into colonial history with a wealth of landmarks, and attractions to discover.
The site of the original 16th Century Panama City – picturesque ruin home to the Panama Vieja Museum with artefacts, and a scale model of the city.
Parque Natural Metropolitano
A large protected park, this destination offers a unique opportunity to view the almost extinct pacific dry forest and several species of wildlife.