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canal, Panama City, Panama

It seems surprising that something so simple—water goes up, water goes down—could be so fascinating and popular. But because it is so easy to visit from Panama City, the Miraflores Locks and its visitor center are by far the most...

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Plaza de la Independencia, Calle 5a Este, Panamá, Panama

Right on the main square of Casco Viejo, the Panama Canal Museum approaches the canal as a technological and engineering marvel while also addressing its environmental impact on the region's biodiversity. There are wonderful historic photos of the...

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Calle 7a Este, Panamá, Panama

Of all the historic centers of Latin America, Panama City’s UNESCO-listed Casco Viejo is among the finest, with stunning churches and grand plazas. These days, the easily walkable, 17th-century walled district that juts into the sea is going...

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Vía Cincuentenario, Panamá, Panama

It doesn’t take much Spanish to know that Panamá Viejo means Old Panama. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, however, should not be confused with the city's historic center, Casco Viejo. Panamá Viejo predates Casco Viejo, having...

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Calz. de Amador 136, Panamá, Panama

It cost a whopping $60 million to build this 4,000-square-meter (43,056-square-foot) space covered by shiny orange, blue and red canopies that mimic the tops of traditional tin-roofed houses. An affiliate of the Smithsonian, Frank Gehry’s...

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canal, Panama City, Panama

Three different levels of terraces and observation decks allow guests to observe the principal focus of the Miraflores Visitor Center, the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, from a variety of perspectives. Inside, a 3-D film offers a chance to...

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Diablo, Panama City, Panama

The Panama Canal Railway has a rich past—literally so, as it was built after California's gold rush to haul spoils back to the East Coast of the United States. Ships would arrive with gold from California, and later the Klondike as well, and...

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Panama

You can see a different side of Panama, far from the glittering skyscrapers of Panama City or the engineering wonder of the canal, when you spend a day visiting an Emberá village in Chagres National Park. Members of this indigenous tribe...

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Av. Roosevelt, Panamá, Panama

From 1903 to 1979, the Panama Canal and an area extending eight kilometers (five miles) beyond it on each side were an unincorporated territory of the United States. The Canal Zone was not only politically but culturally part of America, with...

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Colón, Panama

Inside the breakwaters of Limón Bay on Panama's Caribbean coast, vessels of all sizes wait their turn to enter the canal, from tugs to tankers, pleasure craft to cargo ships. Fort San Lorenzo, just to the west, and Portobelo, to the east,...