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Panama: Panama City

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Panama City is more cosmopolitan than Latin, and enjoys a strategic position which has led to an eventful history, with immigrants arriving from all over the world. On the Pacific coast Panama la Vieja, the first Spanish colonial site of the city and a conduit for plundered gold and oriental silks and spices was sacked by pirates and abandoned. The city moved to what is now known as Casco Viejo where vestiges of colonial streets and buildings have been restored, cocktail bars and trendy restaurants have opened and a lively cultural hub has been established. The sky-scraper filled modern city, hub of commerce and international trade linked to the Panama Canal is an energetic quarter buzzing with shopping malls, sophisticated restaurants and entertainment. Away from the bustle along the Pacific coast, you’ll find relaxed resort hotels with a multitude of activities.

Our holidays to Panama City

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Spot Wildlife in Coastal Rainforest

Signature Costa Rica and Panama: The Caribbean route

Private journey

14 days from £2,757pp

Safari Voyager

Expedition cruise: Panama, the Canal and Costa Rica

Private journey

15 days from £6,873pp

Rural Colombia

Undiscovered Colombia, Providencia and Panama City

Private journey

18 days from £4,719pp

Panama Canal

Panama Canal: A Journey Between the Seas

Private journey

9 days from £4,785pp

Things to do in Panama City

Walking Tour of the Casco Viejo

Walking tour of the Casco Viejo

Trek Las Cruces Trail

Trek Las Cruces Trail


Embera Indian

Meet the Embera indians of Chagres river

Take the Transcontinental Railroad

Take the Central American transcontinental railroad

Our insider tips for Panama City

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

From the platform at Miraflores Lock, close to the city, the sight of the massive bulk of a container ship passing through the Panama Canal: a surreal experience as the hull looms above the horizon.
Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

A walking tour of the cobbled streets of Casco Viejo, a journey through history with influences apparent from indigenous and Spanish colonial culture.

What our experts say

Still my favourite are of Panama City. A great place to wander round. I was last here about 6 years ago and there has been so much restoration work in the meantime.  I love all the artwork on the buildings and the mismatch of beautifully restored old buildings next to the ruins of a once grand old house with interesting iron doors and window grills.

Caroline Maber

Caroline Maber

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