Panama City is not inferior to world cities such as Rio de Janeiro or Miami. And not only thanks to the Panama Canal, one of the 7 modern wonders of the world!
Panama City is an experience: historic and hyper modern. A tropical metropolis with the ocean and jungle at its feet.
This way you can visit historic places in the old colonial "la Vieja" and "Casco Viejo" or go shopping in one of the big shopping centers in the city ( Mall). One neighborhood is slightly different from the other and that gives a good idea of what Panama City is. The rainforest of Gamboa is an hour's drive away. Enjoy beautiful flora and fauna here.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing escape, a family holiday full of fun or an outing with friends.
Find a route or a multi-day route with an overnight stay, and enjoy yourself in advance of this very beautiful country.
We have set out different trips from 1 day to 10 days so that you can easily choose. We have selected several hotels, with a link to the hotels.
The most common route is from Panama City to Boquete. This is approximately 480 km, with nice stops in Coronado, El Valle de Anton (45 km from Coronado), Santiago and David. About 180 km away are the beautiful islands of Bocas del Toro. In Almirante you have to park the car and go by boat to the other side. The roads in Panama are generally in good condition. A normal rental car is sufficient, but if you go into the mountains then a larger car is recommended. We also have a good address to rent a car!
The number of kilometers is calculated from the Centro Médico Paitilla.
outside the city center the old and new lice. The easiest and best way to visit the channel is through the Miraflores Visitors Center. This recently opened visitor center has a large interactive museum where you can view platforms. There is an excellent restaurant with delicious buffets and a panoramic view of the canal. Tip: The best time to see large liners in transit is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The expansion of the Panama Canal has been completed. Parts of the new lock complex have been flooded and the lock gates have been extensively tested. The renovation of one of the largest canals in the world took more than seven years. The biggest job was the construction of two new lock complexes, 1 at the Atlantic canal entrance, at the city of Colon, and 1 at Panama City, at the Pacific Ocean side. In three stages, the mega ships are "lifted" by nearly 26 meters. The extension was officially opened on 26 June 2016, a year and a half later than planned.
In this neighborhood you will become acquainted with the rich colonial past of Panama City.
The historic district full of beautiful buildings, old churches, narrow streets and picturesque squares has been on the World Heritage List of UNESCO since 1997.
The restoration of the neighborhood is not yet ready, but Casco Viejo is already the trendiest place in Panama City, full of cozy restaurants, bars, art galleries, salsa and rumba.
Panama Vieja a historic district of Panama City is the remaining part of the old Panama City. It is located in the suburbs of the modern city. Around 1997 the area was registered on the World Heritage List. The city was founded on August 15, 1519 by Pedro Arias D & aacute; vila. With around 100 inhabitants, it was the first settlement on the Pacific Ocean at that time. Around 1610 the city reached a population of 5,000, with 500 homes and a number of monasteries and chapels, a hospital and a cathedral. Around 1670 the city had 10,000 inhabitants.
Nestled in the warm tropical waters of the Bay of Panama and within an hour's drive of bustling Panama City is a small island with a rich and colorful history and a modest town. Are you in Panama and do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Panama City for a day or more? Then go to Isla Taboga where there are no cars and no crowds. It is an island full of flowers and plants and humble people. A peaceful place, a very special paradise. The trip to Isla Taboga is safe, simple, comfortable and pleasant. Two ferry services carry passengers to and from the island 7 days a week.
Are you looking for a restaurant when you get off the boat on the way back? Then you have to be at Mi Ranchito on the Amador (Isla Naos). Restaurant Mi Ranchito is the perfect place overlooking the beautiful Panama City skyline. This is a family restaurant with a cozy atmosphere that offers a varied menu. Specialty are seafood at affordable prices.
This rainforest is located between the Panama Canal and the Rio Chagres about 35 km from the center of Panama City. In the middle of this rainforest you have a beautiful view over the river. You have a first introduction to Panama's special flora and fauna. The Gamboa Rainforest is located in the Soberan í There is no shortage of animals here either: crocodiles, sloths and turtles live in the rainforest. Monkey Island is located in the Panama Canal, just down the road. As the name suggests, countless monkey species live here.
Chagres Nature Park, Ember á Indians.
One of the Indian peoples, the Ember á live in the Chagres jungle area. During a visit to the Embera Indians you get to know this colorful people extensively. Most villages are really deep in the jungle and can be reached by wooden canoe. The Embera Indians are also your guide and lead you through the beautiful nature, which consists of steep mountains, lakes and tropical forests and waterfalls. The Emberas cling to their identity as much as possible, the men traditionally wear loins and the women wear a skirt. They are also known for the paintings of their body and the good quality of their handicrafts.