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) - Cerro Ancon is a 654-foot hill that overlooks Panama City, Panama. From here you can see downtown of Panam City with its majestic skyscrapers, the old town, the port and the Panama Canal.
Amador Causeway - The Amador Causeway is a road that connects the mainland of Panama City with four islands in the Pacific Ocean that form a small archipelago. These islands are Naos, Perico, Culebra, and Flamenco. The road begins in an area near the southern entrance of the Panama Canal, near the township of Ancón. This causeway was built in 1913 with rocks excavated from Snake Cut during construction of the Panama Canal. The site was originally part of a U.S. military complex known as Fort Amador, established to protect the entrance to the canal. After its ownership was reverted to Panama under the Torrijos-Carter Treaty, the place was transformed into a thriving tourist attraction. Some vestiges of the military installations can still be seen in the area.
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 amazingly accessible park claims to be Latin America's only municipal wildlife reserve, draped luxuriantly across 232 hectares (573 acres) in the city center. Though not exactly pristine (it was a key staging area the 1989 US invasion), it remains a remarkably well-preserved dry tropical forest, one of the world's most threatened biomes, walking distance from the modern city. Though hikers never quite escape the drone of civilization, it's easy to forget when wandering 4km (2.5mi) of trails along the Curundo River and up Mirador Cerro Cedro (150m/492ft), the second highest spot in the city. Squirrel monkeys (mono titis), two- and three-toed sloths, coatis, green iguanas, toucans, and many other animals call the park home.
Panama Viejo - It is the remaining part of the old Panama City and former capital of the country. Panama Viejo is located on the outskirts of the modern city. Together with the historic district of Panama City (Casco Viejo), it forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Abandoned in the mid-17th century, it was replaced by a "new town" (Casco Viejo), which also preserved its original street plan.