Things to do in Panama City

Panama city_fmtTour 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.

Take a ferry to the Island of Taboga, situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Call: 314-1730 or out to Contadora in the Perlas Islands, call 6200-0080 ó 391-1424.

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– the only rainforest reserve in Latin America situated surprisingly within the city’s limits. It covers 265 hectares and is home to a variety of mammals, insects, reptiles and birds

• Barro Colorado Nature Monument which is situated on an island in Gatun Lake. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is the custodian and visits can be arranged through them or with a tour company.

• Summit Botanical Gardens and small zoo.

Ride the Train: Along the banks of the Canal to Colon. Call317-6070.

Hang out at the Causeway: A perfect place to relax and enjoy the picturesque view of the city from the bay. Stroll, jog, bike or enjoy one of the many restaurants.

Visit The Canal Museum: The museum is located in Cathedral Plaza in San Felipe, the colonial district which is being restored.

Go Shopping: There are many malls available.

Events: For news of events and activities, get a copy of the newspaper “The Visitor” at any hotel.


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