Typical Panamanian handicrafts can be divided into pre-Columbian or pre-Hispanic crafts and those introduced by the Spanish conquistadors.
For mountain lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and campers, the perfect place indeed exists. It is at San Carlos Lagoon, located 800 meters above sea level and about two hours from Panama City. It is not natural but a man-made lagoon, formed on the slopes of Picacho Hill (1,182 m).
The Panama Canal Museum, popularly known as simply the Canal Museum, is a public, non-profit museum dedicated to preserving, researching, and disseminating the testimonies of the history of the Panama Canal. The museum is situated on the Plaza de la Independencia in the township of San Felipe, part of Panama City's Old Town district. The idea for the museum was conceived in 1996. Its board of trustees decided to rehabilitate the building, which dated to 1874, and opened the renovated museum on September 9, 1997, to celebrate the Universal Congress on the Panama Canal.
One of the true icons of the capital city is the seafood market, and it stands as a symbol for all nationals by representing the daily life of Panamanian fishermen.
Parita is the oldest indigenous-Spanish settlement in the Azuero region, founded in 1558 as a response to the suppression of the Indian mission by the Mayor of Natá, as decreed by the Spanish Crown on March 21, 1551. Among its founders were Juan Ruiz de Monjaraz and the Dominican friar Pedro de Santa Maria. Since Parita was founded over 450 years ago, that makes it one of the oldest human settlement in the country.