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The 7 Best Sightseeing Opportunities in Panama City

A truly eclectic destination, Panama City offers all the attractions you'd expect of Latin America, and more. Tourism here means dancing between rainforests, tropical islands and cityscapes, to the beat of Salsa!

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Visit the Panama Canal to learn how it has connected the world for a century. Best enjoyed with boat tours, but Panama history buffs also shouldn't miss the comprehensive museum.

Panamá Viejo

Panamá Viejo

Walk around the ruins and be prepared to read Spanish to enjoy the small museum. An hour or so is long enough to snap great views of the city from here on a clear day.

Bridge of the Americas

Bridge of the Americas

Proudly spanning the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal is this feat of engineering, completed in 1962 by the U.S. Most impressive at night during a festival, for the fireworks.

Ancon Hill

Ancon Hill

A hike up this lush green hillscape is rewarded with fantastic views across Panama City. Grab a tasty picnic lunch from one of the city's many food stands before you depart.

Metropolitan Natural Park

The two hiking trails through this beautiful park may be relatively simple underfoot, but take the heat and humidity into account. Plenty of water and regular rests are a must!

Biomuseo
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Biomuseo

Frank Gehry's Biomuseo is a riot of color you won't be able to resist photographing! Eight galleries explore the biodiversity of the world, in a celebration of all living things.

Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo

This is perhaps the most charming place to see in Panama City, and a great base for exploring, with plenty to do. Walking tours are a great way to enjoy the area.

Planning Your Panama City Visit

When should I visit?

The high season in Panama, when the weather is most pleasant, is December to April. This period has the least rain, but can also be the busiest. Carneval, which takes place 40 days before Easter, is another popular and vibrant time to visit the city. Book accommodation well in advance and come prepared to dance!

Backpacking Panama

South America is a popular destination with backpackers, who are well-served in Panama by many hostels, cheap food, and heaps of culture to explore. Visit the islands for total relaxation, and to make those working away back home very jealous.

Get your groove on

Can't dance, won't dance? You haven't yet been to Panama City! Take a taxi to the three key areas of Panama City nightlife - the business district, Casca Viejo, and the Amador Causeway.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Panamanian balboa (B/)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +507
  • Best time to visit
    December to April is the busiest, but also the nicest time to visit. Known as the dry season, there will be plenty of crowds out, but also much more on offer.

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What people are saying about Panama City

Impressive visit to the new Panama Canal

A great day visiting new Panama Canal and San Lorenzo Forte with a stop in the Rainforest. Mario was kind and give us a lot of information in a very imaginative way

One of the best private tours we have taken!

Roberto was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledgeable, professional and friendly. We learned quite a bit from him as he educated us about the history of Panama and the canal. My wife and I highly recommend him as the guide for this tour.

very professional guides and high organised. everything was on time.

GetYourGuide uses various local service providers and coordination between all of them was excellent. Everything was on time, there were no delays. We got value for our money.

Jungle and Gatun Safari Tour on the Panama Canal Reviewed by Kalpana, 11/03/2018

Very interesting tour of a less known part of Panama.

Mario was a really well prepared guide and his narration of Panama history was top notch. That made the tour really enjoyable.

Panama Canal, Colón Rainforest and San Lorenzo Fort Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/31/2018

An interesting tour with a very informative tour guide.

We enjoyed the tour with Michelle who was an excellent tour guide. Would recommend it to anyone.

Panama City & Canal Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Diana, 04/25/2018