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At one time, a certain canal was Panama City's biggest draw. Now, the opening of the Frank Gehry–designed BioMuseo promises to lure more travelers here. They will stay for beaches, biodiversity, and the chance to be part of an emerging urban scene.
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0265, Goethals Blvd, Panama
Even travelers who consider themselves averse to cruises seem to feel drawn to a daytime cruise tour of the Panama Canal, and it's easy to understand why: it's a man-made engineering marvel, best seen close up. A full-day tour, which typically...
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Vía Cincuentenario Centro de Visitantes, Panama City 0823-05096, Panama
The anticipated Museum of Biodiversity, designed by Frank Gehry, opens this year, and the Panama Canal will soon double its capacity. To prepare, luxury hotels, such as the Trump Ocean Club and Le Meridien, are cropping up. And in the historic...
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Av. Samuel Lewis & Calle 54 Este, Panamá, Panama
Gold is a dominant theme in Central American history, and Panama’s pre-Columbian metals rival those of anywhere else in the world. The founders of Reprosa, a Panama City metal workshop, decided that rather than mourn the loss of traditional...
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Av Central, Panamá, Panama
Avenida Central was the city’s great commercial core in the first half of the 20th century; though its heyday has ended, the swarm of humanity packing into its various shops, bars, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses attest to ongoing...
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Vía Cincuentenario, Panamá, Panama
These impressive stone ruins are all that remain of the original Panama City, founded in 1519 by the feared conquistador Pedro Arias de Ávila. Although the Panamá Viejo (or Panamá La Vieja) remains are now skeletal, a tour of the site is a crash...
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La Alameda, Panamá, Panama
City parks are often urban oases of natural life, but few offer the ecological drama of Panama City's Parque Natural Metropolitano, the city's largest park. While residents stroll, play sports, and relax within its leafy acres, travelers often...
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Cerro Sonsonate, San Miguelito, Panama
This was one of the most beautiful views that I witnessed in the charming country of Panama, while visiting my best friend from college that was living and working there. The dome of the temple resembles some sort of spacecraft, and while the...
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Ancon Hill, Panama City, Panama
Cerro Ancon (Ancon Hill) is a beautiful promontory, which offers incredible views of Panama City. It has a large Panamanian flag that you can see from anywhere in the city. You can take a cab uphill—it's only about $5 (and otherwise it's a bit of...
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Isla Taboga, Panama
If the hum and bustle of Panama City become wearying, it's possible to escape for a day by taking a trip to the island of Taboga, also called the Island of Flowers, thanks to its lush covering of tropical plants, such as bougainvillea and birds of...
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Av. Belisario Porras, Panamá, Panama
The Parque Recreativo Omar Torrijos—often simply referred to as Parque Omar—is Panama City’s second-largest green space and one of the town’s shared backyards. Although people-watching is one of the park’s primary draws, a visit here can be turned...
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Panama Canal, Panama
A great love for Panama’s biodiversity and culture is palpable in all tours offered by Ancon Expeditions of Panamá. Based in Panama City, Ancon is one of the country’s leading operators, and Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler, and other...
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Pack your dancing shoes to Panama City if only for one night at Habana Panamá, an over-the-top celebration of Havana’s golden age in the middle of Casco Viejo. There’s a live orchestra every weekend, and bands play salsa, son, and jazz until the...
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Calz. de Amador 136, Panamá, Panama
The Biomuseo, or Museo de la Biodiversidad, is one of Panama City’s contemporary gems and the first Latin American project by Frank Gehry. As befits the architect’s unusual and innovative eye, the museum is itself an abstract...
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Av. Eloy Alfaro, Panamá, Panama
A couple of pet egrets mill around the Presidential Palace courtyard entrance, seeming to stand guard at Panama City's equivalent to Washington's White House. The Palacio Presidencial, as it is known, is prominently poised on a bluff overlooking...
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Panama City, Panama
Not far from the natural wonders of the Parque Metropolitano, the Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Araúz presents Panama’s cultural wonders. Pre-Columbian gold, ancient stone sculptures, and colorful ceramics are among the priceless artifacts...
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Calle 3a Este, Panamá, Panama
As an art gallery and cultural center, Los Del Patio’s mission is manifold: provide emerging artists with a space to conceptualize and create their work, and provide visitors a place to admire and explore local arts (perhaps after enjoying a...
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Avenida 8, Panamá, Panama
Old world theaters exude glamour and grandeur, and this one is exceptional—from the gold facade and brass door fixtures, to the interior wooden foyer, painted ceiling frescos, gilded tiered balconies, and posh chandelier. Tour inside and view the...
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Avenida A., Calle 6a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Step into Panama City’s Diablo Rosso and you’ll find yourself in a “creative think tank” and gallery that would fit comfortably into any of the world’s headliner art scenes. Diablo Rosso was founded in 2006 to promote emerging talent in the area,...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Coffee, chocolate, and ceviche are just three specialties to be sampled on a food tour in Casco Viejo, one of Panama City's popular neighborhoods. On the Taste of Panama City Food Walking Tour, a guide offers some historical and cultural contexts...
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Panama City, Panama
I love exploring a city without any plans and letting spontaneity drive your nights. The experience of getting lost in a warren of side streets and stumbling across little bars and restaurants packed full of locals having a great time is one of my...
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Calle 11 Este, Panamá, Panama
Casco Viejo is a UNESCO site located in Panama City, Panama. We stayed in the quarter at Las Clementinas (www.lasclementinas.com), a really lovely and comfortable hotel with an amazing rooftop patio and view of downtown. Casco is a great mix of...