Panama Things to Do

  • The locks and containers
    The locks and containers
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    The Kings and Queens in the Gazebo
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    The Cinta Costera
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Panama Things to Do

  • La Buat

    Panamá City Things to Do

    La Buat is located close to the center of Casco Viejo.. Cheap drinks, it overlooks the ocean, good music.. I had a blast and can say that it was by faaaaaar the best party in panama. a little tip: Try getting on the list so you don't have to pay to get in! here they post the events & have promotors to get you in!...

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  • Viewing the ships entering Panama canal

    The Panama canal is the crossroad between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. This was built to cut travel time between the 2 oceans. On the pacific side is the harbour town called Balboa and on the Atlantic side is the Colon harbour which is part of the City of Cristobal. At the pacific side of Panama are 2 big locks or gates known as The Pedro...

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  • Boquete - on the highlands of Panama!

    On the verdant slopes of Volcan Baru is the peaceful, picturesque and full of life village of Boquete. On its streets resound the steps of very different people; the Indians living around the village, in the lush slopes of the surrounding mountains; the villagers going to and coming from work; the locals coming from other cities around, who have...

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  • San Blas

    One of the highlights of a Panama trip is this archipelago of pristine, Caribbean little islands. Once you have been on these gems you will never ever forget them! The islands of Kuna Yala or Comarca de San Blas as their official name is, are lovely small pieces of sandy ground with coconut trees. They are the most exotic islands I have ever...

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  • Beaches - Boca Brava,Chiriqui

    There are two beaches near the hotel Boca Brava. The first is nothing to write home about. The second is much better and is more popular. It's not a dreamy sandy beach but it is pleasant enough. The water is murky and warm, maybe too warm for some of you but perfect for my case. I relax in warm water... There is a small wooden hut funcioning as a...

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  • Going out on a boat-Boca Chica, Chiriqui

    Boat trips for one or more days are easily arranged through hotels or private boat owners who will find you, don't worry... They are usually extremely enjoyable as they visit pristine little islands with perfect white sand beaches and unspoilt tropical vegetation. The water around it is enchanting and the aquatic life very interesting to explore. A...

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  • Boca Chica - Chiriqui

    In the gulf of Chiriqui on the Pacific side of Panama there is a paradise of numerous exotic islands. The 200 islands belong to the National Park of the Chiriqui Gulf and sustains great wildlife including howler monkeys, turtles, and many kinds of birds even scarlet macaws. The nature has still been kept unspoilt as construction has not yet...

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  • Boca Brava

    Boca Brava is an island in the gulf very close to the mainland. It is part of the National Park of the Gulf of Chiriqui. It is 14 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide. There are a few small cabins, a house and two or three hotels well absorbed by the vegetation. A variety of birds and families of Howler monkeys can be spotted everywhere. Their...

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  • Panama Canal – The Land Divided, the...

    In 1899 the US Congress created an Isthmian Canal Commission to think about the possibility of a canal in Central America. Initially they examined the idea of a canal through Nicaragua but later they decided to buy the assets and rights from the French 'Lesseps company' for 40$ million. The USA and Panama signed a treaty, by which the USA...

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  • Bocas del Toro

    Geological evidence shows that the Bocas del Toro archipelago has only existed for 5,000 to 10,000 years which is indeed a very short span of existence. It is located just 35 kilometers from the border of Panama with Costa Rica and the whole province has a population of about 90,000. It is consisted of 9 principal islands some inhabited and some...

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  • Panama City

    Panama City has the face of a cosmopolitan city with hundreds of skyscrapers, modern house blocks and hotels and all the necessary entertainment amenities. Lately a great construction boom has changed things rapidly. A lot of foreigners with bulky wallets or just retirees from North America have seen Panama as the perfect solution to invest or...

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  • Canal Visiting Center– Miraflores Lock

    Miraflores is the canal visiting center closest to Panama City. From its three terraces visitors can enjoy a close view of the vessels passing through the locks, learn about the history of the construction and the importance of the Canal. In its four exhibition halls historic pieces, interactive modules, video presentations and models of the tools...

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  • Portobelo-Colorful buses

    This is all you have to say once you see them. They have about 4-5 buses around the town that transport locals to other surrounding towns/villages, and also some for tourists to take back to the main city.

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  • San Blas Island via the The Andiamo!!!!

    Sailing San Blas Island with my boyfriend and two sisters and we all agree that it was the best trip ever! I looked on the internet and discovered, The Andiamo. beautiful boat. very easy to make reservations. Anyways. We had too much fun!! Phil was our Captain and he was a gracious tour guide. Talk about Paradise and more Paradise! Phil showed us...

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  • PANAMÁ

    VALLE DE ANTÓN: atractions inOrquidiario: muy completo y muchas variedades. Asistido por pasantes de varios países. Charlas interesantes. 2 horas de visitaSerpentarium: sencillo pero interesante.Piedra pintada: antiguos jeroglíficos. Sendero muy bien mantenido. Abundantes aves. 2horas de visitaZoológico: Sencillo muy amplio y bien mantenido....

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  • Nature Park only 5 min from Downtown...

    El Parque Natural Metropolitano (Metropolitan Nature Park) is a natural and and recreational treasure that is only a 5 minute drive from downtown Panama City. Within its 232 acres of grounds you will tropical forests where more than 200 species of birds have been observed. There are also many other types of animals living in the park, including...

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  • Colon-city views

    These are pictures from the cruise ship. The town is a busy port for transport of goods onto ships. There were a dozen anchored offshore then. The port has been in use for centuries. Columbus was around here in 1502. Colon was founded in 1850 as a port. It was an island, later filled in to connect. They have the second largest duty free zone in the...

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  • Royal Decameron Beach Resort Golf &...

    It was fun to have all included, a lot of music, nice views to the beach.I did not like at all the food, but I reccommend it anyway because you will enjoy the beach, the pools and the activities.I went again in August 2007 and I liked better the restaurants, they have improved the service. I liked very much.

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  • Metropolitain Park

    Not to great. You will see if you are lucky: snakes, monkeys, nice flowers, ants, lezard, and more. Very humid forest. Did not enjoy but worth the visit if you like walking. Takes about 4 hours to see all the park.

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  • Summit Garden and small Zoo

    Open: Mon - Fri.: 8 am - 4 pm Sat. Sun. : 8 am - 6 pmEntrance: adults: $1 - kids: 50 cent. From there you will see some rainforest animals hard to see during the daylight.Principals atrractions: Harpy Eagle and Tapirs exhibition.

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  • Barro Colorado Wild Life reserve

    The Barro Colorado Island, was formed when the lake was built as part of the Panama Canal. which was a hill before the lake was formed. Established as the first wild life reserve in the new world tropics.As for the flora and fauna of the island, the lake and its surrounding, numbers are astonishing. About 1,368 species of vascular plants out of the...

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  • Colonial Panama ( El Casco Antiguo)

    Lets walk along alleys and colonial buildings, ruins and streets of stone, museums and antique churches, where three styles of construction are combined: Spanish, French and Italian, which give birth to an impressive architectural frame where the French and neoclassic styles prevail. In the "Old Quarter", founded in 1673.Colonial Panama, which was...

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  • World`s largest free trade emporium back...

    Talking about pirates...PORTOBELO: Was during century XVI and XVII the richiest port between Spain and American colonies.Because of the beauty of its natural harbor, this sleepy little town was first given the name "Puerto Bello" (Beautiful Port) by Christopher Columbus in 1502. Over time, it was shortened to PortobeloClaim to fame is its...

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  • The First European City on the Pacific...

    Old Panama City was the first European assent on the Pacific coast of the Americas. It was founded on August 15, 1519. All the GOLD from Perú was transported through the Old City to Portobello and Nombre de Dios, where it was shipped to SPAIN. The city boasted the Tallest Building in the new world during the XVII century.Old Panama was burned by...

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  • Coronado Beach

    Rent a house in front of the beach, for us it was a great experience to share with the family, safe for children, and relaxing above all.

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  • Spectacular View of Canal and Panama...

    You need an outlook to put everything together and in place. No better place to do this than on the top of Cerro Ancon. Cerro Ancon is a little mountain that overlooks Panama City on one side, the Panama Canal and the Pacific Ocean on the other. From the top you can see the canal locks in motion, the dozens of ships in anchor in the Pacific Ocean...

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  • Seeing the Panama Canal in Action

    Of course the country of Panama is most famous for it canal which allows transit from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in a matter of hours instead of the weeks it would take ships to travel the long route around South America.Of course you must visit the canal itself to see it in action, raising and lowering huge cargo ships in a matter of...

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  • Great Bird Watching

    The Canopy Tower originally built in 1965 as a radar station by the US Air Force, was converted to an observation tower when the US turned over the Canal Zone to Panama. At present the Canopy Tower is used to watch the many animals and birds that live in the canopy of the surrounding tropical rain forest. Early in the morning you will see a great...

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  • Visitor Center at Airport

    Once you've arrived at the Panama City Airport and have claimed your baggage and cleared Customs, as you head out of the Airport, stop at the small Tourist Center Boothe to get lots of brochures, booklets and maps of Panama and Panama City. The glossy Focus Panama booklet contains all kinds of information on hotels, restaurants, car rental...

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  • The Canal Story Bought to Life

    Everybody knows of Panama because of the Canal. To appreciate the enormous undertaking that created the waterway, you should visit the Museum of the Inter Oceanic Canal of Panama, or Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama which is the official Spanish name. This museum is very new and so well designed that I was amazed. Thousands of photos,...

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  • Railway Trip from the Pacific to the...

    The Panama Canal Railway Company takes passengers comfortably and in style from Panama City on the Pacific side of Panama to Colon on the Caribbean / Atlantic side of the country. The cost per adult is $22, per child $11, and per Ritiree $15. This cost is only for a one way ticket. The Train service is offerred Monday thru Friday and leaves early...

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  • Panama History Museum - Museo de...

    Instituto Nacional de Cultura - Patrimonio Historico - Museo de Historia. This small museum covering Panama's History from Spanish colony to independent country is housed in just a couple of rooms in a Government building next to the Cathedral in Casco Viejo. Admission is $1 but I enjoyed a personal tour of the museum given by one of the museum...

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  • Portobelo Church Tradition

    This church called San Felipe is still unfinished even to today, even though is was dedicated in 1814. In 1650's this priest created a said miracle, and he was later called Nazarene of Portobelo, an effigy of Jesus. The monument is in a glass case and hewn from a piece of wood. It is called "black Christ" and looks just like one. For over 300 years...

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  • Zoos

    We went with a group to both the Summit Zoo and to the El Valle Zoo. The first was notable for the national bird and unusual layout. The second for the golden frog. Each was reasonable if not cheap - $1 per person to get in. Best bet is to go in the morning before it gets hot because the animals are more active.Summit Zoo site:...

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  • Emberá Women

    Women wear only a simple knee-length sarong, their ink black hair falling on copper shoulders, their breasts, bare. Both men and women have a great fondness for adornments. They wear quantities of glass beads around their necks or draped over their shoulders, and on special occasions, flowers in their hair. For additional adornment, they paint the...

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  • visit bocas del toro

    The archipelago of Bocas del Toro in Panama is situated on the northwestern coast of Panama in and around the Laguna of Chiriqui. Bocas del Toro offers the perfect combination of Caribbean charm, nature and history with cultural traditions. Due to its variety of aquatic species, coral reefs, mangroves, tropical forest, beaches with crystal clear...

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  • visit local town of david

    David is the third largest city in Panama and the capital of the Chiriqui province. It is a very convenient stop over point for several important destinations within Chiriqui, such as the flower and coffee highlands of Boquete and Cerro Punta. It is located 45 minutes from Paso Canoas, the border of Costa Rica and you can also drive to Bocas del...

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  • visit isla grande

    Isla Grande is a popular place in Panama because of its seclusion, and beauty. People from all places come to the island to enjoy the water, snorkling, fishing, listening to the sea and skinny dipping(at night mostly).The island's name does not really reflect it's size, but in comparison to the other islands that surround it, it is the biggest...

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  • Canal-How It Works

    This shows the steps in moving the ships/cargo-2 canal split-tight fit-steel doors, train and cog wheel not used now, but was in the past. The trains guide the ships so no sway side to side, and ships move on their own power. The locks at Gatun is in three parts, and it rides 87 feet total. The gates are huge at 42-87 feet high and weigh about 1.4...

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  • Canal at Gatun-CArgo Movement

    The ships carry 1.5 million containers through the locks annually. Each ship can carry 65,000 tons of cargo. There are 15,000 ships coming through a year. That generates $600 million in revenue fees. They are charged by cubic tons. An average cost is $216,000, and paid up front 2 days ahead of getting there. The highest price was $319,000 for a...

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  • Canal at Gatun Locks

    This is the place most people from tour ships find their sites. The three locks are connected by lakes and back up water. That is what is used to increase/decrease the water flow into the locks. There are locks going both ways-two with a median for workers. The total of 9,000 workers includes 4,500 on sites, and the rest admin work. Gatun was the...

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  • The Panama Canal

    The Panama Canal is the most famous spot in Panama. But it's not that special. You see boats and the docks where the vessels manoeuvre trough. It takes about 25-30 minutes to drive from the city.

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  • The beach outside Panama city

    There are some beaches outside Panama city, and some of them are OK. Panama city is on the Pacific side, and the water is colder than on the Caribean side. I was also told that there are sharks in the water. Somebody who can confirm it? The taxi driver showed me a kind of fence against sharks (see photo)

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  • The seaside promenade of Panama city

    The seaside promenade of Panama city is nice, but noisy. The traffic from the road beside in quite hectic. But the view of the Panama skyline is nice.

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  • Gatun Locks

    The Gatun locks are the biggest locks on the canal and well worth the trip to see them. I travelled by bus from Panama City (see tip under transportation for information about the Panama City to Colon trip). You can then take one of Panama's ubiquitous artistically decorated school buses from the Colon bus station to Gatun. The Colon bus station is...

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