Top 10 Attractions in Panama

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20 July 2015
From the man-made marvel that is the Panama Canal to native villages in the jungles and islands, there's plenty of variety in Panama!

Join our 2016 trip to Panama to catch these amazing attractions!



1. Panama Canal

This 48 mile (77.1) kilometer man made canal that cuts across the Isthmus of Panama is what connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Fun facts: ships traveling between New York and San Francisco save approximately 7,870+ miles by using the Panama Canal instead of navigating around Cape Horn. The most expensive regular toll for canal passage to date was charged on April 14, 2010 to the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl, which paid USD $375,600.

2. San Blas Islands / Kuna Natives

These islands are located in the archipelago de Sans Blas in the Northwestern part of Panama. There are about 378 of these gorgeous islands/isles located here, most of which are uninhabited. The Kuna natives inhabit some of the larger islands, dating back to the early 1500s. It is interesting to note the archipelago is not affected by hurricanes even though it's located in the Caribbean, making it ideal for snorkeling.

3. Visit with the Embera people

When visiting the Embera people, who migrated from the Darien Jungle, it feels as though you've taken a trip back in time. Visitors observe the ancient dances and music that dates back to the 1500s. In this native village you will experience things such as waterfalls, wildlife, ancient rituals, body paintings, and one of a kind beautiful hand crafted baskets.

4. Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo, or Old Town, was originally built in 1672, after the destruction and siege of Panama Viejo. Today there is a mixture of the ancient Spanish and French colonial ruins and the modern day building architecture that give the city a beautiful and revived look.

5. Gatun Lake

This man made site, and once the largest man made lake, is considered the heart of the Panama Canal. This spot is famous for being the link between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Other than its breath taking beauty, tourists can enjoy a wide range of wildlife, rare tropical birds and zip lining tours.

6. Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama, located on the northwestern coast of Panama in and around the Bay of Chiriqui. The biggest attraction is the sea and water, with many attractions located on the islands, such as boating, reef snorkeling, relaxing on the sandy beaches and enjoying the nightlife. Locals island hop on their home made dugout canoes and kayaks.

7. Panama Viejo

Panama Viejo was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of America and the original capital of Panama. Its fortress was conquered and destroyed by the pirate Captain Morgan in 1671 (it is in turn very difficult to find Captain Morgan in stores!). This attack caused the death of thousands of people and the beautiful city was left in ruins.

8. Metropolitan National Park

This Park created in 1985 runs alongside the Panama Canal. It is a tropical forest populated by small mammals, birds, and butterflies. The park consists of three must see trails that are easy to walk by foot. This National Park is the only wildlife refuge in the city.

9. Ancon Hill

This attraction offers the most beautiful view of Casco Viejo, Panama City, and the Panama Canal. The paths wind through the rainforest which is home to hundreds of exotic creatures such as sloths, monkeys, and rare birds. The Panamanian flag is hoisted up on the top of the hill and is visible from everywhere in the city. Featured above is the view from the top of the hill.

10. Chiriqui Highlands

In this area the mixture of Atlantic and Pacific wind creates a constant spring-like climate. The area gets covered in a beautiful cloudy mist that hangs above the forests and the view from above them is beautiful. The area below is where most of the countries intensive farming occurs and it is also perfect for horseback riding, bird watching, fishing, and rafting.


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