Things to do in Panama City

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Tour The City.- Tour agencies offer city tours which take about two and a half hours. A typical city tour will take in the ruins of Old Panama, Colonial Panama (El Casco Antiguo), the modern sections and Miraflores Locks. Another option is the hop-on hop-off open-top buses recently inaugurated in the city.

Visit The Canal. Tour agencies offer a tour of the Canal area and Miraflores locks which takes about two and a half hours. A partial transit is an excellent way to experience the Canal.

Visit Artesanias Nacionales located beside the ruins of Panama Viejo.

Visit the Reprosa Factory and see how the gold and silver treasures of Panama are made by virtually the same technique as the ancient pre-Colombian goldsmiths. Scheduled tours are at 9.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. Monday to Friday and cost $10 per person. Children under twelve get in free. The tour includes beverage, snack and “goodie bag”. To make a reservation call 271-0033.

Visit the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center at Gamboa on the fabled Pipeline Road. Call 264-6266.

Take a ferry to the Island of Taboga, situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Call: 390-2402 or out to Contadora in the Perlas Islands, call 6780-8000.

Go racing at President Remon Race Track. Meets are held in the evening on Thursday from 5 p.m. and from 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Watch a folklore show with colourful typical costume and traditional dances. These are offered by the Tinajas and Pencas restaurants.

Go eco-touring: Consult a tour agency. There are number of options:

• Gamboa Rainforest Resort.

• Metropolitan Park

• Barro Colorado Nature




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