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10 Reasons to Visit Panama

The Panama Canal

It is 77 kilometers long, took 17 years to build, and excavated enough stone and rubble from the Isthmus of Central America to surround the earth 4 times.

The best place to visit is the Canal Visitor Center at Miraflores, just 20 minutes from downtown Panama City. The center includes a museum with interactive exhibits about the history of the canal. The visitor center has an outdoor terrace for watching ships transiting the Canal.

Another great way to explore the Panama Canal is to take a ""mini-cruise"" and do a partial transit or a full day transit.


At the tip of the causeway, Frank Gehry has built the Museum of Biodiversity with its colorful shapes, it has become a symbol of the city. It is the only building the Canadian architect has designed in Latin America.

It is a tourist attraction and perfect place for walking, jogging, skating, cycling and enjoying the beautiful scenery with friends and family. You can also visit the Marine Exhibition Center and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, where you can see exotic species of marine life from both the Caribbean and the Pacific.


Boquete's elevation 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) above sea level, its climate is cooler than that of the lowlands. Its scenic location, temperature, and natural environment make it popular with Panamanians and attracts tourists from all over the world. There are over 3,000 foreigners permanently living in Boquete, from over 30 different countries.

Many other businesses oriented to serve tourists have flourished in Boquete: golf, river rafting, trekking and hiking, canopy tours, biking and many other activities.

Boquete has become a paradisaic destination for million dollar listings for those looking for high-end luxury places and mountain living.

Casco Viejo

The Old Town of Panama is located on a small peninsula, surrounded by a mantle of rocky reefs, within the current village of San Felipe.

This tourist site is surrounded by curiosities about its construction, which you can enjoy while touring a number of bars, clubs, cafes and fine restaurants that keep the Spanish style architecture intact, preserving its historical essence. This place was the scene of the James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace".

Bocas del Toro

This destination is well known abroad for its beaches and islands. Many of the travelers visiting this place are so fascinated that they end up living in one of the many islands in the archipelago. The amount of activities to do, forces many travelers to extend their stay for weeks or even months.

Bocas del Toro is perfect for nature lovers. It features pristine coral reefs, deep-sea fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling and long, sandy, deserted beaches.

The cuisine will be the ideal compliment to a wonderful vacation, mixing food, tranquility and adventure.

Comarca Emberá Wounaan

The Embera–Wounaan are a semi-nomadic indigenous people in Panama, living in the province of Darien at the shores of the Chucunaque, Sambu, Tuira Rivers and its water ways.

The Chocó, or Embera, people live in small villages of 5 to 20 houses along the banks of the rivers. Their houses are raised about eight feet off the ground and stand on large posts set in the ground.

The Chocó have their own form of government and live by their own set of unwritten rules. The men sport "bowl cut" hairstyles, and still wear nothing but a minimal loin cloth. The women wear brightly colored cloth wrapped at the waist as a skirt.

Pearl Islands

The Pearl Islands are a group of 200 or more islands and islets lying about 30 miles (48 km) off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama. The most notable island is Contadora Island (Isla Contadora), known for its resorts.

Contadora was said to be used by the Spanish conquistadors as a stop for taking inventory of booty prior to returning to Spain, hence the name (contador means counter or bookkeeper in Spanish). The Islands were also frequently used by pirates in the years that followed and were relatively undisturbed until the 1960s and 1970s when the building of the resort on Contadora took place.

Domestic airlines Air Panama and Aero Perlas run frequent flights between Panama City and Contadora, Isla San José and Isla del Rey.

San Blas

San Blas consists of a series of 378 islands which lie along the Caribbean coast of Panama. Only 49 of these islands are inhabited by the Kuna Indians, who run all the islands as an autonomous province with minimal interference from the national government. They have maintained their own economic system, customs, language and culture, with their distinctive dress, legends, music and dance.

San Blas is a small paradise that remains intact despite the passage of time, and is perfect for those looking for activities such as swimming, snorkeling or just reading a book on the shores of the beach.

El Valle de Antón

The town is located in the flat wide crater of the 6 km wide El Valle volcano that is inactive. There is evidence that it erupted as recently as about 300,000 years ago.

Because of its elevation (600 m), it is cooler than the Panamanian lowlands.

Natural attractions near El Valle include the Chorro, El Macho waterfall, Las Mozas waterfall, the "square" trees behind Hotel Campestre, and a group of small thermal pools (which consist of three cement pools of mineralized water that varies in color depending on the specific minerals present at a given moment) This is a very popular weekend getaway destination for Panama City dwellers and nature lovers!


From unique boutiques by the ocean to modern malls, shopping in Panama is a laid-back, friendly and fun experience. Panama features an impressive selection of malls and brands.

Multiplaza Pacific Mall has over 300 stores featuring top North American and European brands.

Albrook Mall is the largest mall in Latin America with over 700 shops, and exotic animal decor throughout.

The new Soho Mall features world class brands such as Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dior, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Prada, Rolex, Valentino and more!

How close is Panama?

Vancouver8 hours
Toronto5.5 hours
New York5 hours
San Francisco7 hours
Las Vegas6 hours
Los Angeles6 hours
Houston4 hours
New Orleans3.5 hours
Miami3 hours
Mexico City3.5 hours
Guanacaste1.5 hours
Bogota1.5 hours
Caracas2 hours
Lima3.5 hours
Santiago6.5 hours
Rio de Janeiro7 hours
Buenos Aires7 hours
Madrid10.5 hours
Amsterdam11.5 hours
London11 hours
Paris11 hours
Tokyo17.5 hours
Hong Kong20.5 hours
Melbourne18.5 hours
Moscow14 hours
Dubai17.5 hours
Cape Town14.5 hours


Casco Viejo

It's always warm in Panama


Bocas del Toro


San Blas