Panama City was founded on August 15, 1519 by Pedro Arias Dávila, known as Pedrarias, making it the first Spanish city on the shores of the South Sea (known today as the Pacific Ocean) and the oldest city on mainland that yet exists today. 

The Old Town of Panama City, declared a Historical Monument by UNESCO, is not just about history; it is also a place to sample different foods and drinks in open-air cafés, a site where the restaurants and bars fill the air with music and entertain with varied shows. 

Panama's oceans are blessed with many sea creatures, and their most gregarious host is the dolphin. Our brethren of the sea, admired for their nobility, accompany us on sailing trips and amuse us with their playful leaping by the sides of our ships.

Have you seen the expansion work on the Panama Canal yet? To do so, come to the Atlantic Observation Center, open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Colón Province

A new attraction is now accessible to more fully experience the Panama Canal.

The new Observation Center of the Canal Expansion in Colón covers four hectares and is designed like a park, with terraces and open, partial, and covered platforms that allow up to 400 visitors to simultaneously enjoy an unobstructed view of the construction of the new locks for the Panama Canal on the Atlantic coast. From this select location and surrounded by the lush beauty of tropical nature, visitors can also observe the majestic Gatún Lake, where ships continue their course along the interoceanic waterway. 

The image, a closed loop circuit, projects onto every possible space in the setting. Visitors who choose to ascend a structure built at the height of the treetops will have a privileged view of the varied landscape from which to admire and contemplate nature in all its splendor.

The look-out is suspended 60 meters above sea level and 50 meters from the Canal, and there is a nature path leading into the woods.

From the new Observation Center, national and foreign tourists will be able to take in a natural landscape that overlooks the Canal and Gatún Lake and enjoy an ecological adventure. 

Observation of the Atlantic Center
  Nationals and residents (with identification)


B/. 5.00

Senior citizens (with ID)

B/. 3.00

Students (up to 17 years old) Monday to Wednesday

B/. 2.00

Children (6-12 years old)

B/. 2.00

Non Residents



B/. 15.00

Children (6-12 years old) with ID

B/. 10.00

Tour Operators

B/. 12.00






* At the moment only cash payments are accepted.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Sunday, including holidays
  • Ticket office open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


For more information on how to plan your next visit to the Panama Canal, call (507) 276-8325, fax (507) 276-8469, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Manuel Amador Guerrero, who is known as one of the champions of the cause for Panamanian nationality, was not even born on the isthmus, but in Turbaco, Colombia, near Cartagena, on July 30, 1833. He came from a contradictory family. His maternal grandfather, Manuel Guerrero, during the siege on Cartagena by Pablo Morilllo in 1815, led an insurrection of Spanish prisoners who blocked the gates of the Santo Domingo wall to the patriots. Meanwhile, on the paternal side, he was the nephew of Juan de Dios Amador, governor of Cartagena during Morillo's siege, and of Martín Amador, executed by the Spaniards in 1816.