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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. 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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Granada

Alcion: Central America Discovery

Group tour

22 days from £2,248pp

Spot Wildlife in Coastal Rainforest

Signature Costa Rica and Panama: The Caribbean route

Private journey

14 days from £2,562pp

Palm tree in San Blas Islands

Panama Canal and tropical rainforest expedition cruise -15 Oct 2017

Private journey

12 days from £4,007pp

Rural Colombia

Undiscovered Colombia, Providencia and Panama City

Private journey

18 days from £4,482pp

Things to do in Panama City

Trek Las Cruces Trail

Trek Las Cruces Trail

Walking Tour of the Casco Viejo

Walking tour of the Casco Viejo


Embera Indian

Meet the Embera indians of Chagres river

Trek the Camino Real

Trek the Panamanian Camino Real

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.
Kathryn

Kathryn Glover

Plunging into the city’s nightlife, perhaps with a stylish oriental meal followed by a boogie at a jazz or salsa club; or try your luck at one of the hotel casinos.   
Brian Williams

Brian Williams

A day trip out to Portobelo, a town built on a beautiful bay which much impressed Christopher Columbus who landed there. Its history of pirates and pillage shows in its ruined forts and the sunken galleons in the bay, a popular spot for divers.

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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