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Panama: Panama City

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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Palm tree in San Blas Islands

Panama Canal and tropical rainforest expedition cruise - 21 Oct 2016, 15 Oct 2017

12 days from £4091pp

Panama City

Signature Panama: Canal, wildlife and beach

10 days from £1679pp

Rural Colombia

Undiscovered Colombia, Providencia and Panama City

18 days from £3495pp

Panama Canal

Journey between the seas

9 days from £3392pp

Things to do in Panama City

Visit the Panama Canal

Visit the Panama Canal

Embera Indian

Meet the Embera indians of Chagres river


Take the Transcontinental Railroad

Take the Central American transcontinental railroad

Walking Tour of the Casco Viejo

Walking tour of the Casco Viejo

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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