Panama City is the capital and the most populous of the Republic of Panama. It is located on the Pacific coast at the entrance of the Panama Canal.
Where to go and what to see:
Panama Canal - At the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal is the Miraflores Visitors Center (CVM) which is an expression of the permanent commitment of the Panama Canal Authority to strengthen the public’s knowledge of the Canal. Located on the east side of the Miraflores Locks, the CVM allows the visitor to observe transiting vessels from a distance of only a few meters and learn first hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its watershed.
Ancon Hill (Cerro Ancon) - A small nature sanctuary surrounded by the urban jungle of Panama City, Ancon hill stands tall in its 650-foot height and topped with the biggest Panamanian flag of the city. For most of the American occupation until 1977, Ancon Hill was not developed and was used for radio communication antennas. The Americans kept this piece of land immaculate while the rest of the city saw development and because of this, Ancon Hill has remained a 106-acre of jungle in the heart of the city. Considered as the lungs of Panama City, you can walk up the hill to enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the city and the canal. When the Panamanians finally got their land back through the Torrijos-Carter Treaty signed in 1977, local entities have slowly begun to develop the land and the jungle has taken on a more residential atmosphere. Even though most of the land has been sold, Ancon Hill has managed to retain a bit of wilderness and is home to sloths, tamarins, coatis and armadillos.
Amador Causeway - This gorgeous 6-kilometer road extension connects Panama City to several islands known as the Causeway Islands. It was initially built as a break water for the canal entrance from the rocks extracted during the excavation of the Panama Canal and now serves as an entertainment boardwalk and a popular social destination. It’s the ideal place for photo enthusiasts as you can capture a beautiful panoramic of the city’s skyline or a romantic sunset plunging into the ocean.
Mi Pueblito - Meaning My Little Village, this little village showcases the prevailing customs, traditions and history of our country. In one place, you can step inside a typical Afro-Caribbean, peasant, or Indian house that showcases the main characteristics of these cultures.
Albrook Mall - It is the largest shopping center in Central America. The mall offers over 750 shops, valet parking, supermarket, cinemas, pharmacies, trains to transport adults and children, more than 100 restaurants in three food courts (terraces, magical zone with carousels), a Casino and lots of fun. You can find everything you need and more.
Multiplaza Mall - This is the most modern and exclusive shopping center in Panama. With its 64,800 square meters, it offers more than 280 exclusive designer shops, department stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, an area of complete restoration and movie theaters. Keep yourself a little time to stop by Camino Del Sol at Multiplaza. A unique place to enjoy the most prestigious brands in the fashion industry such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Carolina Herrera, Bvlgari, Hermes and others. No doubt this is a place where luxury, glamor and fashion are merging to meet the most demanding needs of local and international visitors.
Biodiversity Museum - Also known as Biomuseo, is a museum focused on the natural history of Panama, whose isthmus was formed very recently in geologic time, with major impact on the ecology of the Western Hemisphere. Located on the Amador Causeway in Panama City, Panama, it was designed by renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry. This is Gehry's first design for Latin America. The design was conceived in 1999 and the museum opened on 2 October 2014. The Biomuseo highlights Panama's natural and cultural history, emphasizing the role of humans in the XXI century. Its galleries tell the story of how the rise of the isthmus of Panama changed the world.
Panama Railway Company - The Panama Canal Railway is one of the great train rides of the world. Along with its colorful history, the railroad follows a picturesque path across the Isthmus of Panama. The line flanks the Panama Canal passing through lush rainforests, cruising alongside the Canal’s locks, through the historic Gaillard Cut and gliding over slender causeways in Gatun Lake.
Metropolitan Natural Park - This National Park lies amidst a buzzling and busy modern urban city and spread 573-acre of tropical forest. It’s the only city’s wildlife preserve that also serves as a public recreational park that is home to 227 different species of birds, 45 kinds of mammals, 36 varieties of snakes and 14 type of amphibians. Also found in this sanctuary are 284 plant species, including trees that can reach between 100 and 115 feet in height.
Panama Viejo - These are the ruins of what’s left of the original Panama City and former capital of the country. Now being a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site, this settlement dates back to 1519 when Pedro Arias Dávila and hundreds of other inhabitants made it their home and was the first permanent European Settlement on the Pacific shore.
You can explore the archeological site of Panama Viejo and see the old Cathedral as well as various historical ruins. The bell tower is accessible through a set of staircase and once you reach the top, you’re greeted to a gorgeous 360-degree view of the whole site and the modern city surrounding it in the background.