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Things to do in Panama City

A stroll through the Casco Viejo neighbourhood reveals colonial attractions like La Iglesia de San José church, while a visit to the Smithsonian Canopy Crane Ride in El Parque Natural Metropolitano offers far-reaching views over the world's largest urban rainforest. Located next to the Panama Canal, the Miraflores Visitor Center provides a lesson in engineering. Most attractions are open daily 10am-6pm, though some museums are closed on Mondays.

Smithsonian Canopy Crane Ride, Panama City. Photo by Richard Goldin, courtesy of Ancon Expeditions

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Panamá Viejo Visitor Center - Museums and Galleries

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    Ruins at Panama Viejo, Panama City. Photo by Gilberto Alemancia

    The remnants of Panama City's first Spanish settlement, Panamá Viejo, date back to 1519. Burnt down in 1691 by the pirate Henry Morgan, the charred remains and fascinating visitor centre appeal to more than just history buffs.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$11; seniors US$9; students & children US$2

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 9am-5pm

    Address

    Vía Cincuentenario, Panamá Viejo, Panama City

    Telephone

    +507 226 8915

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

  2. 2. Miraflores Visitor Center - Museums and Galleries

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    Miraflores Visitor Center, Panama City. Photo by Gilberto Alemancia

    The Miraflores Visitor Center at Miraflores Locks is a tribute to the Panama Canal, one of the world's major engineering marvels. Interactive displays and historical documents keep all ages busy for at least a couple hours at this fascinating museum.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$8; students and children US$5; under 5s free

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5pm

    Address

    Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, Panama City

    Telephone

    +507 267 8325

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Miraflores Visitor Center Website

Attractions

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  1. 3. Iglesia de San José - Attractions

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    Baroque Altar at Iglesia San José, Panama City. Courtesy of the Panamanian Institute of Tourism, Panama City

    The Iglesia de San José church in the Casco Antiguo is remarkable for its Baroque golden altar. It was supposedly painted black and hidden by a priest to save it from the pirate Henry Morgan when he raided Panamá Viejo.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily dawn-dusk

    Address

    Avenida A and Calle 8, next to Plaza Herrera, Casco Antiguo, Panama City

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 4. Cerro Ancón - Attractions

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    Cerro Ancón, Panama City. Photo by Allan Hawkins V

    At 650 feet, Cerro Ancón is the highest peak in Panama City and provides a great look-out point with 360-degree views of the city. There are also excellent nature walks, bird-watching and opportunities for spotting wildlife.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily dawn-dusk

    Address

    Cerro Ancón, Panama City

    Transport

    Taxi

Special things to do

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  1. 5. Smithsonian Canopy Crane Ride - Special Things to do

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    Smithsonian Canopy Crane Ride, Panama City. Photo by Richard Goldin, courtesy of Ancon Expeditions

    For an adventure in the heart of Panama City, sign up for Ancon Expeditions' Canopy Crane Ride. Above the canopy of the Natural Metropolitan Park - the world's only urban rainforest park - visitors can spot sloths, birds and capuchin monkeys.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$110 (also includes two hours of hiking)

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 9am-1pm

    Address

    Edificio Dorado, Calle Elvira Méndez, Panama City

    Telephone

    +507 269 9415

  2. 6. Amador Causeway cycling - Special Things to do

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    Biking the Amador Causeway, Panama City. Courtesy of Rasha Bitar

    There's no better way to see the Amador Causeway than to cycle alongside the Pacific. Visitors can rent bikes in Andandor, then enjoy the constant ocean breeze and laid-back family-orientated atmosphere that characterises Panama City's most famous waterfront promenade.Show this on map

    Cost

    Various to hire bikes

    Opening hours

    Bike rental office: 11am-8.30pm

    Address

    Bikes & More, Amador Causeway, Just past Figali Convention Center, Panama City

    Telephone

    +507 314 0103

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bikes and More Website

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