Panama City is both an urban metropolis and a gateway to tropical landscapes. Here in the capital of Panama, modern high-rise buildings stand alongside aging cobblestoned districts, while sweeping natural wonders lie just down the road.
There are plenty of historical sites to check out in Panama City. Be sure to visit the ruins of the original city, Panama Viejo. While many of the remains look skeletal, the Old Panama Cathedral stands tall against the test of time. Afterwards, take a wander through Casco Viejo, the city’s historic district which dates back to the 1600s. Here you’ll be able to take in a colourful array of churches, cafes, bars and artisanal stores, as well as views of the sea.
Panama City is renowned for its surrounding natural landscapes. For a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, walk to the top of the nearby Ancon Hill and take in the sweeping panoramic views. You can also ride a boat across the Panama Canal and see where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Pacific Ocean.
Culture lovers will find much to enjoy about Panama City, including its fantastic range of museums. The Boimuseo is a must-see and highlights Panama's natural and cultural history. Designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry, it features eight galleries inside a colorful, eye-catching building.