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Places to see in Panama

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The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. It has had an enormous impact on shipping between the two oceans, obviating the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. A ship sailing from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 9,500 km (6,000 miles), well under half the distance of the previous 22,500 km (14,000 mi) route around Cape Horn.

Barro Colorado Panama

Container cargo ship

Casco Viejo de Panama


Reminiscent of the French Quarter of New Orleans or perhaps Havana, Casco Viejo is the oldest city on the Pacific coast of the Americas. At the mouth of the Panama Canal, just minutes outside Panama City, the city is a true cultural gem.

Casco Viejo Panama

Panama City

Panama City (Spanish: Ciudad de Panamá) is the capital of the Republic of Panama as well as the Panamá Province. It has a population of 708,738, with a total metro population of 1,063,000, and it is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, at 8°58'N, 79°32'W. Panama City is the political, administrative and cultural center of the country. Juan Carlos Navarro is the current mayor of the city.

Recently, Panama City has become one of the most important financial and touristic centers in the Americas, with more than 104 banks, and has become a hub for high-rise buildings (eight of the ten tallest skyscrapers in Latin America), commerce and industrialization. The city enjoys five large multilevel malls and many five-star hotels. Panama City was chosen to be the American Capital of Culture for the year 2003 (jointly, with Curitiba, Brazil).

Salsa Star Ruben Blades
Salsa Super Star "Ruben Blades"
Panama city party bus  - Chiva Parrandera
Chiva Parrandera - Party bus.

Cerro Azul

Cerro Azul is located just thirty minutes from Panama's Tocumen International Airport and less than an hour from downtown Panama City along the Corredor Sur toll road. It is situated on over 20,000 acres of old growth tropical rainforest. On a clear day in Los Altos de Cerro Azul you can view both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The project is built at 2,500 to 2,700 feet above sea level with temperatures that range between 70 degrees and 80 degrees during the day and coolly comfortable at night.

Cerro Azul Panama

Cerro Azul excellent climate and homes.

Panama City Nightlife

Panama City is known for its lively night life. It all takes place in three sectors of the city:
The business district, Casco Viejo, the historic Spanish Colonial sector of the city and spectacular Amador Causeway connecting a string of Panama Bay islands with ocean and city views both day and night.

The Panamanian people love a party - a fact reflected in a wide variety of nightlife spots-bars, discos, pubs and casinos. As in any big city, keep to the lighted main streets and have a great time. Taking a taxi from your hotel is a safe way to get to any of these places.

Panama Women Nightlife

Nightlife in Panama

Pearl Islands Panama

A virtual pirate’s treasure of lush green islands, sandy shores, blue green water, and cozy covers lays only 47km(40miles) or 15 minutes by plane, from panama City. The Archipelago de Las Perlas is made up of more than 220 islands and islets, only 90 of which are named. The main islands in this archipelago are Contadora, Isla San Jose, and Isla Del Rey. There are also a number of five star developments appearing on and projected for some of the other surrounding islands.

Contadora - Pearl Islands


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