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Panama City
From top left: Punta Paitilla; Bellavista; Costa del Este; Downtown Panama Bay;Tocumen International Airport; Ancón Hill; Centenario Bridge; Bridge of the Americas; Panama Canal; Isla Flamenco Marina; and Amador.


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Panama City is located in Panama
Panama City
Coordinates: 8°59′N 79°31′W / 8.983°N 79.517°W / 8.983; -79.517
Country  Panama
Province Panama
District Distrito Central
 - Mayor Bosco Vallarino
 - City 275 km2 (106.2 sq mi)
 - Metro 2,560.8 km2 (988.7 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2000)
 - City 813,097
 Density 2,750/km2 (7,656/sq mi)
 Metro 1,206,792
HDI (2007) 0.937 – high

Panama City (Spanish: Panamá) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama. It has a population of 813,097, with a total metro population of 1,206,792, and it is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, at 8°58′N 79°32′W / 8.967°N 79.533°W / 8.967; -79.533. Panama City is the political and administrative center of the country.

With an average GDP per capita of $11,700[1], Panama has been for 8 years in the top 5 places for retirement in the world according to International Living Magazine. Panama City has a dense skyline of mostly highrise apartment buildings and condos, but office complexes and hotels as well. Panama City is also an important hub for international banking and commerce. It has an advanced communications service, Internet use is widespread; and Panama's Tocumen International Airport offers daily flights to international destinations.

Panama City was chosen to be the American Capital of Culture for the year 2003 (jointly, with Curitiba, Brazil).


Panama City as a tourism destination

Casco Viejo, seen from Cerro Ancón.

The city has numerous tourist attractions including world-class hotels and restaurants. Particularly interesting for tourists are various sites located in the old quarter (also commonly referred to as "Casco Viejo", "Casco Antiguo" or "San Felipe"), including

  • Las Bóvedas, literally The Vaults, a waterfront promenade jutting out into the Pacific.
  • The National Institute of Culture Building and across from it, the French Embassy;
  • The Cathedral on Plaza de la Catedral
  • Teatro Nacional, a recently renovated performance center, with outstanding natural acoustics; It provides an intimate performance environment and seating for about 800 guests.
  • Museo del Canal Interoceánico (Interoceanic Canal Museum);
  • Numerous restaurants located near the French embassy.
  • Palacio de las Garzas (Heron's Palace), the official name of the presidential palace, named for the numerous herons that inhabit the building.

The area immediately east of the Pacific entrance of the canal—known as the Amador Causeway—is being developed as a major tourist center. Currently the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute operates a station and a small museum open to the public at Culebra Point on the island of Naos. A new museum, The Bridge of Life Museum, is under construction on the causeway. The Bridge of Life Museum was designed by the American architect Frank Gehry famous for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and it is scheduled to be completed this year.[2]

Panama as a World Heritage Site

Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá*
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Balboa Monument.
State Party  Panama
Type Touristic, Cultural and Global
Criteria II, IV, VI
Reference 790
Region** Latin America and The Caribbean
Inscription history
Inscription 1997  (21st Session)
Extensions 2003
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.
** Region as classified by UNESCO.

Panama La Vieja (Old Panama) is the name used for the architectural vestiges of the Monumental Historic Complex of the first Spanish city founded on the Pacific coast of the Americas by Pedro Arias de Avila on 15 August 1519. This city was the starting point of the expeditions that conquered the Inca Empire in Peru (1532). It also was a stopover point of one of the most important trade routes in the history of he American continent leading to the famous fairs of Nombre de Dios and Portobelo where most of the gold and Silver that Spain took from the Americas passed through.[3]

The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iv) and (vi), considering that Panamá was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas, in 1519, and the Historic District preserves intact a street pattern, together with a substantial number of early domestic buildings, which are exceptional testimony to the nature of this early settlement.[4]

Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo, Panama

Casco Antiguo was designated a World Heritage Site. After the first settlement was destroyed by diseases and the pirate attacks, the last and most remembered one by Henry Morgan, the city moved into a rocky peninsula that was both healthier and easier to defend. In 1673 they founded what today is called officially Casco Antiguo, but is also known as San Felipe, Catedral and more commonly, Casco Viejo.

Currently under a revitalization process, Casco Antiguo is a mix of different architectural styles, which reflects the cultural diversity of the country. Caribbean, Republican, Art Deco, French and Colonial mix in a site of less than 800 buildings. Most of Panama´s City´s main monuments are located in Casco Antiguo: The Salón Bolivar, the main Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), the National Theatre (founded in 1908), Las Bovedas Monument, La Iglesia de La Merced, La Iglesia San Felipe Neri, Iglesia San José with its distinctive Golden Altar, which was saved from Panama La Vieja and transported into the new city.

Resources: Ciudad City ( by Arq. Eduardo Tejeira Davis. This publication is from the United Nations Development Programme ( PNUD).

The only example of true urban revitalization in the Panama, Casco Antiguo is already the second touristic destination in Panama City, second only to the Panama Canal. Both government and private sectors are actively participating not only in the restoration of the architectural patrimony but also of the human patrimony, investing in cultural industries and local entrepreneurship.[5]

Residents of the neighborhoods that make up Casco Antiguo (San Felipe, Santa Ana and El Chorillo) refer to themselves as "Casqueños".


The City Proper has around 813,097 inhabitants in the 23 Panama City boroughs.[6]

Nature in the City

The entrance to the Metropolitan National Park.

Panama is located between the Pacific Ocean and many tropical rain forests. The Parque Natural Metropolitano (Metropolitan Nature Park), stretching from Panama along the Panama Canal, has several unique bird species and other animals such as tapir, puma, alligators, etc. At the Pacific entrance of the canal is the Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas (Marine Exhibitions Center), a research center for those interested in tropical marine life and ecology. Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas is managed by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Tropical forests around Panama are vital for the functioning of the Panama Canal. These forests provide the canal with the watershed required for its operation (a rare example of a vast engineering project in the middle of the forest which actually helped preserve that very nature). Due to the importance of the Canal to the Panamanian economy, tropical forests around the canal have been kept in an almost pristine state. Along the western side of the Canal is the Parque Nacional Soberania (Sovereignty National Park) which includes Summit botanical gardens and a zoo. In this national park, the best known trail is the Pipeline Road, very popular among birdwatchers.[7]

Urban Problems

Panama City from the San Felipe Market.

Due to lack of urban planning throughout several decades, Panama is now facing several urban problems. With the large number of condominiums and office buildings being built, population density is increasing far beyond what was previously expected.[8] Neighborhoods like El Cangrejo and El Carmen, originally designed for a density of 10,000 inhabitants per square kilometer (26,000/sq mi) are now reaching 35,000 inhabitants per square kilometer (91,000/sq mi).[9] The city's downtown streets are overcrowded with cars, creating traffic and air pollution problems.[10] In addition, Panama City's existing water supply piping system is not receiving enough maintenance and this is causing several water pollution related problems. Another important problem is the shape of the city: Panama has grown following the shape of a narrow strip along the coast as it expands to the northeast. This is mainly because Panama is limited in the south by the Pacific Ocean, in the north by the protected lands of the Metropolitan Park and other national parks of the Panama Canal Basin, and in the west with the Panama Canal itself. Subsequently Panama has expanded mostly eastwards, in an irregular funnel-like shape.

Economic overview

RORO carriers, such as this one at Miraflores locks, are among the largest ships to use the Panama Canal.

Panama has a total of more than 80 banks, more than 15 of them being national. The city also boasts several tourist attractions, and is a stopover for other nearby destinations in the country as well as a tourist destination in its own right. The city is also responsible for the production of about 55% of the country's GDP. This is because most businesses and premises are located in the city and its metro area.[11] Nowadays tourism is the most important economic activity in terms of revenue generation. The hotel occupancy rate is the 2nd highest (84.7 percent) in the world after Perth, Australia and followed by Dubai (84.5 percent).

The communications systems are highly developed and are among Central America's most reliable. Internet use is widespread due to Panama's high income.

Developers and investors from around the world are showing massive attraction towards the Panama real estate market. This attraction is caused by the fact that the country’s canal is planned for expansion and many other such developments are likely to take place in the country that will lead it to reach an economically developed state of worth US$12 billion.[12]


Downtown Panama from the yacht club.

Panama currently has more than 110 high-rise projects being constructed, with 127 high-rise buildings already built.[13] It currently holds the 65th place in the world by highrise buildings count.[14]

The Centennial Bridge, that crosses the Panama Canal earned the American Segmental Bridge Institute prize of excellence together with 7 other bridges in the Americas.[15]

Panama City has full access to electric service, potable water, sewer lines, telephone, cable TV service, and internet service. Telecommunications are very advanced after the privatization of the national telecommunication company in the mid-1990s. Cell phone service is also very accessible. Panama City has for years boasted some of the cleanest, best-tasting water in the world. Tap water quality is excellent throughout the city metropolitan areas.


Panama Province counts with 12 hospitals. Around 45% of Panama Province's physicians are located in Panama City.[16]

Panama offers good-quality medical care and modern hospitals in the metropolitan area; however, the more isolated the location, the harder it is to access these services. The hospitals offer first-rate medical care. Many Panamanian doctors are U.S. trained, and the standards at the top hospitals compare favorably to those in the United States. For these reason, Panama City is a common destination of medical tourism.


Tocumen International Airport, the main airport serving the city

Panama's international airport, Tocumen International Airport has two runways and is located on the eastern outskirts of the city where it is easily accessible. There are direct flights between Tocumen and New York, Newark, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Madrid, and all major cities in the Caribbean area, Central America and South America. Panama City also has a regional airport Marcos A. Gelabert, located in an area once occupied by Albrook Air Force Base. Marcos A. Gelabert Airport is the main hub for regional flights within Panama and the Pearl Islands in the Pacific. Panama has an extensive and efficient, yet confusing to tourists, form of public transportation consisting of colorful painted buses colloquially known as diablo rojo. A diablo rojo is usually "customized" or painted with bright colors, usually depicting famous actors, politicians or singers. It is now popular all over the city (and also in neighboring towns) for bus drivers to personally customize the interior and exterior of their diablo rojo. There is also a bus terminal near the Marcos A. Gelabert airport which together with the airport serves as the main transport hub for the rest of the country. Panama City's only transportation problem includes frequent traffic jams due to the high levels of private transport ownership, per mile of traffic lane.


CD Plaza Amador

Photographs of the city


  • Mellander, Gustavo A.; Nelly Maldonado Mellander (1999). Charles Edward Magoon: The Panama Years. Río Piedras, Puerto Rico: Editorial Plaza Mayor. ISBN 1-56328-155-4. OCLC 42970390.
  • Mellander, Gustavo A. (1971). The United States in Panamanian Politics: The Intriguing Formative Years. Danville, Ill.: Interstate Publishers. OCLC 138568.

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Coordinates: 8°59′N 79°31′W / 8.983°N 79.517°W / 8.983; -79.517

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

For other destinations of the same name, see Panama (disambiguation)

Panama City is the capital of Panama.


Panama City is a very multicultural place, with large populations from many different parts of the world. Spanish is spoken by most, and many speak some form of English. Customer service is slowly improving, and surprisingly dismal in hotels. However, on the streets Panamanians are for the most part extremely friendly and helpful and would love to give you some advice. There's great shopping, from high-end stores in the malls around Paitilla and in the banking district around Via Espana, to veritable bargains around La Central (Central Avenue, now turned into a pedestrian walkway) and the Los Pueblos outdoor mall. You can find many ethnic stores (mostly Chinese and Indian), in certain parts of the City.

Get in

By plane

Tocumen International Airport (IATA: PTY) is just outside Panama City (it's part of the San Miguelito district, which has been incorporated as a separate city but essentially exists as part of Panama City). The airport is a hub for Copa Airlines, and is also served by American Airlines (Dallas/Ft.Worth, Miami), Delta Airlines (Atlanta, Georgia), Continental Airlines (Houston, Newark), Avianca (Bogotá, Colombia) and TACA (San José, Costa Rica and San Salvador, El Salvador). Most major Central American airlines, and several South American airlines and European Airlines also serve the city. There are at least six daily flights to and from Miami, two from Orlando and Atlanta, and three daily flights from Houston, 1 from Los Angeles LAX, two from Newark, and 1 from New York's JFK. There are daily flights to Mexico City; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Caracas, Venezuela; Santiago, Chile; Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Havana, Cuba; Kingston, Jamaica, at least 7 Colombian cities (Medellín, Cali, Pereira and Bogotá included) and several international destinations. There's also service to Madrid, Spain, and service to Amsterdam with KLM.

Domestic flights leave out of Gelabert/Albrook Airport (IATA: PAC) ICAO/MPMG, a former US military airfield (Albrook Air Force Base). Domestic airlines are safe, and many fly very modern small jet aircraft. There's daily flights to every major town and city in the country. The major carriers here are AirPanama [1] and Aeroperlas [2].

By train

There's only train service between Panama City and Colon. It's mostly a freight train, but it has a very nice passenger car. The train ride offers excellent views of the Panama Canal and the tropical rainforest.

By bus

Panama City has one of the most modern Bus Terminals of whole Latin America. It s the main Hub and well organized. The terminal is next to the Albrook airport (the domestic terminal) and it is very easy to find a bus here. All of the internatinal buses(tica bus too) starts and ends in this terminal. Arrivals are usually on the top floor and you can transfer to city busses on the lower level You can find all you want in or next to the terminal. There is a huge mall, cinema, showers, etc.

Bus Lines

Get around

One of the easiest ways to get around town is by taxi. Taxis do not have a meter. Fares are set by the authorities, and are determined based on what section of the city you are starting at and what section of the city you are going to, with a surcharge for every additional person. The cab driver should have a table (which may include a map) that will show the costs for the fare, and they are required to show it to you if you ask. Fares are around $1.25 for travel within one zone, and the longest fares within the City at about $5. Keep in mind that the former Canal Zone is in a different section, and it will be at least a $5 fare. The surcharge for additional passengers should be $.50/additional passenger, and there's also a $.40 surcharge if you call a cab (at least these were the prices a few years ago). A taxi to or from the international airport typically costs $25 plus tolls if you take the Corredor Sur highway. A taxi to the Amador Causeway costs between $5 - $10. Cab drivers do not expect tips, and they may pick up additional passengers along the way. The rule is that unless there's little to no deviation from the first person's route, the first person picked up is the first person dropped off, otherwise they will ask if it's ok to pick up the other fare. Cabs can also be rented for the day, and the fares again are set (probably around $20-$25). In this case, they will expect a little extra (tip and/or lunch).

Getting around by bus is also cheap and convenient. Fares are $0.25 and the destination of the bus is written across the front windshield in large letters. Buses are privately owned and drivers usually compete with each other for passengers. For this reason, buses have colorful decorations to attract customers. During rush hour some buses can get crowded, and it is not unusual to see 3 people seated on a 2-person bench and lots of people standing along the aisle. It is not advised to use buses during these hours.

  • Panama Canal. The easiest and cheapest is to go to the Miraflores locks and just watch boats go by. You can also take a train along the canal, or obviously take a boat! A one way cab to Miraflores locks should cost around 6 USD. Locks and museum : adults $8, students $5 / locks only : adults $5, students $3.  edit
  • Casco Viejo. Casco Viejo is the historic part of town, where you will find many colonial style government buildings, cathedrals and museums including a Canal Museum.
  • Panama Viejo. The site of the ruins of the old city, with an interesting museum.
  • Amador Causeway. The Amador Causeway connects the three islands to the mainland. From the causeway, there is a lovely view of Panama City, and the Puente de las Americas. Many Panamanians like to spend their weekends jogging, riding a bicycle or roller-blading down the causeway, or having a meal or drinks in one of the many restaurants and bars on the islands.
  • Mi Pueblitos. The pretty deserted museum (entrance free) on the slopes of Cerro Ancon showcases the different ethnicities of Panama. There are several artisans producing curios.
  • Caledonia area has plenty of street markets.
  • Albrook Shopping Mall has good value and high quality clothes and more as well as a cinema.
  • MultiPlaza Mall upmarket mall, higher prices, better quality products
  • MultiCentro Mall upmarket mall, not as popular as MultiPlaza and Albrook
  • Avenida Central very local, very cheap shopping street. Full of budget department stores and shops. Lots of locals.


Panamanian crafts High end crafts can also be purchased from shops in the Centro de Artesanias in Balboa neighborhood or in the shops of Mi Pueblitos. Indian stores on every major shopping distric (El Dorado mall and surroundings, Los Pueblos, and along Via Espana) also sell many Panamanian souvenirs. Gran Morrison is also a place to find many handicrafts.



There's several cafes along Via Argentina. The Spanish sandwich shops offer excellent sandwiches, coffee, and churros. Try Manolo's Churreria (don't miss the churros rellenos, pastries filled with dulce de leche and rolled in sugar) or Del Prado. Sandwiches should cost from $3-$5. Also on Via Argentina is El Trapiche, serving traditional Panamanian food for under $12/person. They serve excellent breakfast food. Niko's Cafe has several locations around the City. Owned by Greeks, they are all open 24 hours and the have a good selection of sandwiches and hot food served all day long. Don Lee is a panamanian chain serve Chinese fast food, and definitely worth a try. There's an abundance of Chinese restaurants, and some can be very affordable. Try some around El Dorado, they should be pretty authentic.


Lung Fung on Transistmica Avenue serves some of the best Chinese food in the City. It will be a different experience. Try Dim Sum any day of the week (expect long lines on weekends), although it has lost some of its charm now that the wait staff speaks such good Spanish instead of only Cantonese or Haka. Marbella is a very old school Panamanian restaurant on Balboa Avenue. It's a Spanish place specializing in seafood. Excellent paella and overall good seafood. Prices are stuck in 1984, so a hearty plate of paella will set you back $13, and there's only one item with a higher price on the menu. Van Gogh - This nice little Italian restuarant is right near the Via Venteo Casino. It has great food, great service, and a great atomsphere. It is one of the best Italian restuarants in Panama City.

  • Manolo Caracol is an excellent restaurant in the Casco Viejo that serves tapas. Each day the chef invents a new fixed menu with seasonal ingredients. Meals are $20 without drinks. Ten Bistro on Calle 50 and in Multiplaza Mall is another excellent choice serving contemporary cuisine. Sake, located on the ground floor of the office tower by Punta Pacifica hospital, is Panama City's hottest sushi restaurant.


Calle Uruguay is a neighborhood filled with bars and discos for wealthy Panamanians and foreigners.

  • La Casona de las Brujas, Casco Viejo. An interesting bar on an inner courtyard of a building, attached to an art gallery in Casco Viejo. Lives bands play a variety of music styles.

Taberna 21 is a local hangout serving great cheap beer and Spanish tapas.

Buy and try some Panamanian and Cuban coffee while you're here. It will be some of the best you've ever had.

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under $50
Mid-range $50 to $150
Splurge Over $150
  • Jungla House Hostel and B & B (El Cangrejo), Calle 49 a Oeste y Via Argentina, RINA building #11, +507 6620-2275, 6668-5076). checkin: 0700; checkout: 1200. "Tree Top" level rooms overlook the hotel/casino district of the city. Dorm rooms and private rooms come with and without AC (ask about the "ice box" dorm room); communal area with TV, movies, free internet with decent wireless signal throughout facility. Walking distance from bars/clubs, restaurants, shopping, casinos, and supermarkets. VIP entrance for the guests in several of the city's clubs. There is a huge communal kitchen. Lower level has breakfast buffet. Laundry service, equipment rental for excursions, airport transfers and reputable boats to Colombia through San Blas can all be arranged. Car rental and tour office on site. $11-$13 per person (dorm beds), from $29 regular room rates..  edit
  • Zuly's Backpackers, (Between Hotel Marriott and the Hotel Conintental in the El Cangrejo/Banking district), (507) 2692665, [4]. Within walking distance you will find discotheques, bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, a students travel agency (STA TRAVEL) cinemas, coin laundry services (75 cents) and city bus stops. Offers fully equipped self-catering kitchen, free internet, free coffee, a cozy common room and a nice garden with BBQ area. Apart from that they offer tours to San Blas Islands and information on boats to Cartagena. Dorm bed : 9 USD.  edit
  • Luna's Castle Hostel, Calle 9na Este, (507)262-1540, [5]. Set in a Spanish colonial mansion built upon the water´s edge, Luna´s Castle Hostel attracts those who seek the ideal Panama City backpacking experience. Amenities include a modern communal kitchen, free breakfast, the legendary movie theatre, a spacious outdoor courtyard, free internet, and sweeping views of the Bay of Panama and the modern city skyline and a great social atmosphere. Dorm bed : 12 USD.  edit
  • Voyager Hostel, [6]. The air conditioning doesn't work well because of missing window panes. The employees hog the TV and watch Mexican soap operas during the day and soccer games at night. Dorm : $9.90.  edit
  • Hospedaje Casco Viejo $12/24/single/double, This hostel is in the old part of town that is being restored. The hostel itself is extremely basic and unsophisticated. There are no screens on the windows. For the amenities, it is extremely expensive and much better deals can be found elsewhere. Though they take reservations and deposits ahead of time, you may arrive and find that they do not have a room available for you. 8a con Avenida A. Casa 8-31, San Felipe., Panama.
  • La Casa de Carmen, [7]. $30-45/double, This hostel is in a cute house located on a busy street. Try to get a room further in the back to get away from the traffic noise. Breakfast is included, which involves toast, cereal, coffee and orange juice. Two computers with internet access are also free for guests. Accommodations are clean and spacious. Calle 1a de Carmen 32
  • Las Vegas Hotel [8]. Suites are clean, safe, centrally located and relatively affordable. There's also a nice little Italian restaurant and a wine bar attached to the hotel.
  • Casa Las Americas [9]. $65-$75. There are six rooms in this very nice Bed & Breakfast in El Cangrejo. You cannot beat the location for shopping, restaurants, and proximity to the sights of the city. Also a big plus -- the microbrewery El Istmo right next door.
  • The Bristol Hotel, [10]. Tel: 507-264-0000. $200/double. Luxurious modern hotel in the heart of Panama City. Outstanding bar and restaurant on site. First-class service.
  • The Canal House, Calle 5 and Avenida A in Casco Viejo, +507 228 1907, [11]. An intimate hotel located in a Colonial mansion in the heart of Panama City's historic district. The Canal House was selected by the New York Times as its Editor's Pick for Panama City hotels and is the country's first Green Globe Certified Hotel. The Canal House has three rooms and a staff of six, including two English speaking managers. It is located just to the side of the Canal Museum, walking distance from some of the city's best bars, restaurants and cafes. From $180. (8.951807,-79.534591) edit
  • InterContinental Miramar, [12], Av. Balboa, Tel: 507-206-8888. Luxury high-rise hotel overlooking Panama Bay. Facilities include upscale dining, large swimming pool, tennis courts, full-service marina, helicopter landing pad.
  • Panama Marriott Hotel, [13]Calle 52 y Ricardo Arias, Area Bancaria Panama City, Panama. Phone: 507 2 109100 Fax: 507 2 109110 As cosmopolitan as the city surrounding it, the Marriott Panama City Hotel offers the elegance, outstanding service and amenities that you'd expect from a luxury Panama City hotel. Soaring 20 stories above the financial district, and considered among the best Panama City hotels, it offers an ideal location for business or leisure travelers near shopping, entertainment and vibrant night life.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Panama Real Hotel, Vía Israel, Punta Pacífica Mall, +507 301 0101 (fax: +507 301 0102), [14]. The Courtyard by Marriott Panama Real Hotel offers guests 120 rooms with high speed internet, restaurant, bar, gym, pool, four banquet halls and a meeting room, as well as laundry service, laundry and shop. Prices range between $ 100 - $ 250.  edit

Stay safe

Be careful in both Casco Viejo and the Panama la Vieja ruins area. There are tourist police aplenty in both neighborhoods but do not wander too far in these areas alone (even in the day) and certainly not in the evening.

Look both ways before crossing the street! Panamanian drivers are notoriously aggressive when the traffic allows and will not slow down for you even if you're lucky enough to find a crosswalk. There's only one way to cross the road here. Wait for a break in the traffic and walk. Once you start, keep going. Drivers will stop(99% of the time......). Otherwise you'll be stuck for hours waiting.

  • Canada, World Trade Center First Floor, Commercial Gallery Calle 53E, Marbella, Panama, Republic of Panama, (011 507) 264-9731, 264-7115, 263-7913 (, fax: (011 507) 263-8083), [15].  edit
  • Go to the Miraflores locks to watch the boats go through the locks.
  • Take a boat trip out to the islands off the coast of Panama City (Isla Taboga).
  • Stay at an ecolodge in the jungle: Canopy tower [17].
  • Take a self guided walking audio tour in Panama: Panama Audio Tours [18].
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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Panama City

  1. The capital of Panama.


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Panama City is the capital of Panama. 813,097 people live there. It is now a popular place for old people to retire to.

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