Vibrant cultural festival with hot air balloons and market.

Explore Panama City

Casco Viejo Historic District

Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Casco Viejo, Panama City’s quaint colonial quarter. Admire the beautifully restored Spanish colonial architecture, but watch out for the dilapidated charm that might just photobomb your perfect selfie. Don’t miss the Plaza de Francia and its tribute to the French role in the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal & Miraflores Locks

A trip to Panama without seeing the Panama Canal is like ordering a hot dog without the bun—unthinkable! The Miraflores Locks offer a viewing platform where you can witness this marvel of engineering in action. Time your visit; standing there without a ship in sight is as exciting as watching paint dry.

Cinta Costera Walkway

Need a break from the city hustle? Cinta Costera is your oasis. This waterfront promenade offers stunning views of the skyline and a fresh breeze that carries away the stress like a leaf in the wind. Ideal for a jog, a leisurely walk, or just people-watching.

Biomuseo

Designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, Panama’s Biomuseo is as much a work of art as the biodiversity it showcases. Its bold colors and shapes are a visual feast, and the exhibits inside are equally impressive. Just hope that none of the displayed species decide to make an unexpected comeback!

Discover Natural Beauty

San Blas Islands

The San Blas Islands are what desktop backgrounds are made of. Over 350 islands with crystal-clear waters and powdery white sands are waiting for you to play the castaway—without the need for a volleyball companion.

Bocas del Toro Archipelago

Bocas del Toro is where dolphins frolic and tourists flock. This Caribbean archipelago is known for its vibrant nightlife, but it’s the lush forests and coral reefs that are the real showstoppers. Just don’t forget to come up for air.

Boquete & Coffee Highlands

Calling all caffeine addicts! Boquete is nestled within Panama’s coffee highlands and offers a brew that’s worth the altitude sickness. Take a coffee tour, or simply enjoy the cooler climate and the floral notes of the local bean.

Soberania National Park

Birdwatchers, assemble! Soberania National Park boasts a bird list longer than a procrastinator’s to-do list. The Pipeline Road is particularly famous for its feathered residents. Remember, binoculars are your friend—straining your eyes isn’t cool.

Adventure Activities

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

Dive into Panama’s underwater spectacle. The clear waters of both the Caribbean and Pacific offer vibrant marine life that would make even the most seasoned aquariums green with envy. Just watch out for the puffer fish; they’re not as cuddly as they look.

Zipline through Rainforests

Embrace your inner Tarzan and zipline through the lush rainforests. The Canopy Tower in Gamboa Rainforest is a good place to start if you fancy flying through the trees without the risk of a crash landing.

Hiking the Quetzal Trail

The Quetzal Trail might just be the closest you’ll get to walking through a fairytale forest, minus the witches and gingerbread houses. Keep an eye out for the resplendent quetzal; they’re not called ‘resplendent’ for nothing, you know.

Whitewater Rafting

Get your adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting on the Chiriqui Viejo river. It’ll whip you around like a rogue shopping cart, so brace yourself and maybe wear a helmet for good measure.

Cultural Experiences

Emberá Indigenous Village Tour

Visit an Emberá village for an authentic slice of indigenous life, minus the hardships. Their warm welcome is matched only by the vibrant colors of their traditional garb and the intricate designs of their crafts.

Panama Viejo Historical Site

Panama Viejo, the original site of Panama City before pirates got a little too handsy, is a must-visit. Explore the ruins and imagine life in the 1500s—minus the lack of Wi-Fi and modern plumbing.