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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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Things to do in Panama City

Take the Transcontinental Railroad

Take the Central American transcontinental railroad

Trek the Camino Real

Trek the Panamanian Camino Real

Trek Las Cruces Trail

Trek Las Cruces Trail

Visit the Panama Canal

Visit the Panama Canal

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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