Places to Visit in Panama

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Panama is blessed with scenic natural beauty in terms of rainforest highlands, shimmering beaches, splendid mountains, rivers and valleys full of biodiversity. TabogaIsland is the best destination for relaxing in Panama. You can take a ferry ride from Amador to TagobaIsland. There are provisions for night stay at TagobaIsland also. Other activities available here include snorkelling, take a boat ride to see Brown Pelican Reserves etc. Ancon hill is steep 654 foot hike but you get to see a spectacular view of Panama City from the top. It takes hardly 45 minutes to reach the top by foot. On the way to atop, you can see variety of flora and fauna including orchids. You can even take a boat trip for couple of hours through protected islands and enjoy the wildlife and monkey that come to you for snacks.

Panama is always booming with seasonal cultural activities. You can enjoy a lot during such events. Carnival is the biggest cultural event that is celebrated four days leading to Ash Wednesday. During this time the city gets ready for the music, dance, costumes, and parades. Easter Holy Week is also celebrated here. TagobaIsland has its own events during this time. On October 21, thousands of people come down to Portobelo for Black Christ Ceremony. In January there is a 10-day flower and coffee fair at Boquete. In December the entire country gets ready for celebration of Christmas.

It is located in old town and runs along the sea.  This wall was built as a major defence system by Spanish to protect the city from intruders coming from sea. An evening walk on Paseo Las Bovedas gives you complete scenic view of the old town as well as the modern city.

You cannot complete your tour without visiting Panama Canal. It is about 77 kilometres long and connects Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It has a great history of construction and was completed in 1914 and since then it is working as a medium for international trades at Panama.

It is one of the famous monuments of Panama that was built as a tribute to around 20, 00,000 laborers who lost their life while constructing Panama Canal. You can see the panoramic view of Amador Causeway while walking around the park.

It is a non- profit, public museum built in 1997 at Miraflores Locks of Panama Canal. It takes you through the journey of construction of Panama Canal. It shows all the stages of it including the first attempt to make the Canal by French then U.S and later the Panamanian Government.

It is an ethnic type of museum that displays the history and culture of West Indian workers who worked as labourers during Panama Canal construction.

Around 70 to 80% of the population in Panama is Roman Catholic. The rest of the population has Bahai Faith community, Guaymi population, Jewish, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and other Christians. Therefore all type of religious places can be found here in Panama. The CathedralPlaza is one of the famous buildings found in Panama.

Panama is a hub for vibrant adventure activities; few of them are white-water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, and camping etc. Explore Panama in best way by taking such adventure trips. Panama also offers best deep sea fishing to the tourists.

For relaxing through a day’s hectic schedule you can take a boat trip through Panama Canal or you can also go to Tagoba Island and stay there overnight. Isla Grande Excursion is the best option for a family get away and relaxation.

Numerous famous restaurants are there that offer Panamanian cuisine. Some of the renowned ones include Saltwater Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Hammerhead Fred’s, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. All these restaurants are high quality and satisfy their customers with exotic cuisines. You will also find variety of seafood special restaurants along the beach side where you can enjoy fresh seafood.

Corn is a major ingredient in many of the Panamanian dishes. Few of the main specialties that one should not miss are Tortillas, Bollos, Empanadas, Patacones, Sancocho etc. Typical Panamanian dishes are mildly flavoured and delicious.

Brewing is new to Panama however you will get good quality liquors at all the bars and pubs in Casco Viejo. Bamboo is very famous bar located at Amador which has open air area as well as indoor lounge. Traffic Island is yet another popular open- air venue for dance lovers.

At Plaza Cathedral which is at Casco Veijo there is a vibrant flea market and food fair on any one Sunday of every month. There is another flea market at LincolnCenter, which offers jewellery, candles, collectibles and electronics.

Multi plaza mall is one of the recommended places for shopping high end and mid-range things whereas All Brook mall is more economical for shopping. There are various departmental stores in Panama like Felix Maduro which is specialized in moderately priced fashion clothing. They also have sales throughout the year. Conway is another departmental store specialized in furniture and household items.

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