Beautiful beaches and idyllic islands aren’t the only treasures to be found in Panama. Panama City is the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America, and a must-visit for any traveler in the area. The capital of Panama is actually 3 cities in one, with a historic district, a rebuilt district, and very modern areas. This vibrant and dynamic urban center is truly a cosmopolitan city in the middle of the tropics, so expect to see massive skyscrapers surrounded by breathtaking nature. And don’t forget: Panama City is home to one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world, the famed Panama Canal. As home to the canal, along with the most well-connected airport in Latin America, Panama City truly helps connect the world.
To experience everything Panama City has to offer, plan to stay for at least a few days, and then consider extending your trip to fit it all in. When you get here, explore Casco Antiguo, the city’s historic district, and home to some of the best hotels and rooftop bars. While in the area, be sure to check out some of the city’s best restaurants. As a UNESCO creative city for Gastronomy, Panama City is home to a vibrant and diverse food scene, led by world-class chefs.
To get a glimpse of all three cities at once—the old, the rebuilt and the modern—from 199 meters up, hike to the city’s highest point, Cerro Ancón. This scenic spot is a must-see for every visitor. You’ll also want to check out the Metropolitan Natural Park, a veritable rainforest in the city, making Panama City the only national capital in the world with a tropical rainforest within its city limits. And of course, you’ll want to see the world-famous Panama Canal, which can be seen at the Miraflores Locks, a few minutes from the heart of Panama City.