Panama City is full of incredible attractions to visit! The place is beautiful and, in addition to shopping, there are several other tours around the capital that are surprising and charming. Although many people do not relate tourism to Panama, this type of activity has grown more and more there, see? One of the coolest features of the place is the mix of old and new in the city’s buildings and streets. I made a list with some interesting places to visit there, after all, a region that is increasingly modern and touristy deserves our visit ?
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Panama has invested heavily in new projects to make the city more modern and Cinta Costera is part of that plan. This is a boardwalk that runs through part of the city and is in front of the sea, so the view is wonderful. On the other side of the Cinta, however, you can see the modern and innovative buildings of the city.
The place is perfect for walking, running, cycling, rollerblading, doing yoga or playing other sports. If you like this type of activity, you can be sure that this will be one of your favorite spots in the city!
Photo: Rodolfo Aragundi
Despite the countless new constructions and increasingly modern buildings, Panama City still keeps part of its history in Panama Viejo. The area, which houses the ruins of buildings in the old Panama City, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cool huh?
Those who like history and want to know more about the country, should not miss going to the place. To enter, you have to pay a fee, but it is very symbolic and necessary for maintaining the place. It is super interesting to see buildings from so long ago and understand the way they thought about architecture.
Photo: My Panama Canal
The Panama Canal, despite being 25 km from the center of the capital, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It was opened for the first time in 1914 and has three locks along it: Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatún. Miraflores is the most visited, but Gatún is also a great stopping point! Arriving at the Panama Canal you must pay 15 dollars to enter. Opening hours are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, but it is only possible to purchase entrance tickets until 5:15 pm.
The site has a museum, an exhibition room for visitors to understand the historical importance of the building, restaurants and decks overlooking the canals. Some companies offer options for boat trips, such as Canal & Bay Tours, which offers alternatives for day, night, full or partial tours. The shortest partial tour lasts around 4:30 am and costs $ 150 (values researched in December 2017).
The Calçada do Amador is approximately 6 km long and is great for walking or cycling. The view is also incredible and spending the evening in the place seems like a great program. Along the sidewalk you can rent a bicycle or stop to eat at a restaurant very close.
This sidewalk continues along Av. Amador, which connects three small islands: Naos, Perico and Flamenco islands. The ideal is to travel the entire sidewalk by bicycle, taking the opportunity to exercise and get to know the city in a different way.
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In addition to the Cinta Costera as an outdoor attraction, Panama City offers several park options. Some of them provide wonderful views of the city. Parque Metropolitano and Cerro Ancón, for example, are some of those places surrounded by green areas and beautiful landscapes. Both are great for walking, that is, wear very comfortable clothes suitable for this type of tour.
Another very nice park to visit is Urraca. It is great for outdoor activities and is located in the middle of huge buildings in the city. I love this type of tour and incredible landscapes are always welcome, right?
My little town
Photo: Hotel Aramo
Another must-see attraction for history lovers! This place is located on Cerro Ancón and is a tourist complex that pays homage to the culture of other ethnicities present in Panama. The main three are: Afro-Antillean, peasant and indigenous. The place is full of green areas and buildings that refer to these peoples, so it is a very cultural and interesting tour. Within the complex you will also find restaurants, craft stalls and even a museum.
We will still post some more things about Panama, but I’m sure you can already get an idea of the beauty of this place, right?
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