Top 6 tourist attractions in Panama City

It’s been a few years since I’ve lived on this side of the globe in a small, yet full of contrasts country. Plenty of familiar streets, dirty markets full of screaming sellers and roofs of skyscrapers with views that still take my breath away.

Panama is a country of great diversity – from the modern city to the wild jungles and paradise of the islands of San Blas to the cool evenings on the slopes of the mountains.

If you spend at least 3 weeks here, you can get to know every side of this country.

In this article I want to introduce you to the capital of Panama, called Panama City.

Casco Viejo

It is one of the oldest, historical parts of the city, which also serves as a center of entertainment and social life. This is where all the guides will direct you.

Casco Viejo is full of beautifully restored houses and churches. Here you will find expensive, luxurious restaurants and rooftop bars with spectacular views of the city. Police patrols watch over the safety of tourists and cab drivers are just waiting for your call.

This paradise ends a few streets away, where poor, destroyed housing estates are inhabited by thousands of families….
It is one of those places where it is better not to walk, specially after dark. You will recognize it easily, trust me.

On my Instagram you will find many photos and reports from Panam

Ancon Hill

The hill is located near the city center. From here you can admire the panorama of Panama City.
Entrance is free, but after 5pm the gate is closed for tourists.

The uphill route is not a demanding trek, it is more like a 40-minute walk. But don’t forget to take a bottle of water and sunscreen.

Causeway

Go there in the afternoon, and this six-kilometres route will give you an extraordinary aesthetic experience.
The ocean on both sides of the road, palm trees and setting sun is a view that is not easy to forget.

At the end of the route you will find the island of Amador – full of restaurants, bars and moored boats. Tourists and local people come here to escape from the hot, dirty streets of the metropolis.

You can rent bicycles or rickshaws here. From here you can also get a ferry to a few islands:
– Taboga, which is a popular destination for weekend excursions among Panamanians. The cruise takes only 40 minutes, so you can go there even for a few hours.
– Contadora and Saboga, which are definitely way more pretty and cleaner. The cruise takes about 2hours.

(Photo taken from the Internet)

Panama Viejo

It was here where the city center of Panama was originally established. Unfortunately, the town was almost completely destroyed in 1671 by the pirate Henry Morgan.

The city was finally rebuilt, but in another place – in the Casco Viejo district, which I mentioned in the beginning of this article.

Nowadays, Panama Viejo is just a few ruins, extensive green areas and a beautiful museum, where you can study the history of the country. It is worth to visit, firstly, for the historical value and secondly, to get away from the traffic and hustle and bustle of the city center.

Entrance fee:

Panamanians: 10$
Tourists: 15$
Students: 5$ (it’s enough if you have a student card from a language school in Panama)

Panama Canal

The trademark of the country.

The Panama Canal has connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, leveling the water and reducing the distance that ships have to travel by more than 5,000 nautical miles!

In fact, the construction of the canal was initiated not by the Panamanian people, but by the French in the 19th century. Unfortunately, despite the huge financial resources and the thousands of workers who lost their lives there, they did not manage to complete the project.

In 1904, the USA bought the shares of France and Panama and undertook to complete the canal at a cost of $375 million and losing between 10,000 and 15,000 workers who died from tropical diseases or accidents.

Since its inception, the Panama Canal belonged to the U.S. Government. It was in 1999 that the Panamanian people were granted rights to the canal under the Treaty of Persistent Neutrality.

It is estimated that the Panama Canal brings a profit of about $2 billion a year, of which $800 million goes to the vault of Panama.

Let me know in the comments if you have already been in Panama and what’s your opinion about this country.
As a resident I would love to know it.


If you have this journey ahead of you, have a good trip!
Here you can find my recommendations for the best coffee shops in the city
and here I’m talking about my favorites party places.

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