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The 7 Best Sightseeing Opportunities in Panama City

A truly eclectic destination, Panama City offers all the attractions you'd expect of Latin America, and more. Tourism here means dancing between rainforests, tropical islands and cityscapes, to the beat of Salsa!

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Visit the Panama Canal to learn how it has connected the world for a century. Best enjoyed with boat tours, but Panama history buffs also shouldn't miss the comprehensive museum.

Panamá Viejo

Panamá Viejo

Walk around the ruins and be prepared to read Spanish to enjoy the small museum. An hour or so is long enough to snap great views of the city from here on a clear day.

Bridge of the Americas

Bridge of the Americas

Proudly spanning the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal is this feat of engineering, completed in 1962 by the U.S. Most impressive at night during a festival, for the fireworks.

Ancon Hill

Ancon Hill

A hike up this lush green hillscape is rewarded with fantastic views across Panama City. Grab a tasty picnic lunch from one of the city's many food stands before you depart.

Metropolitan Natural Park

The two hiking trails through this beautiful park may be relatively simple underfoot, but take the heat and humidity into account. Plenty of water and regular rests are a must!

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Frank Gehry's Biomuseo is a riot of color you won't be able to resist photographing! Eight galleries explore the biodiversity of the world, in a celebration of all living things.

Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo

This is perhaps the most charming place to see in Panama City, and a great base for exploring, with plenty to do. Walking tours are a great way to enjoy the area.

Planning Your Panama City Visit

When should I visit?

The high season in Panama, when the weather is most pleasant, is December to April. This period has the least rain, but can also be the busiest. Carneval, which takes place 40 days before Easter, is another popular and vibrant time to visit the city. Book accommodation well in advance and come prepared to dance!

Backpacking Panama

South America is a popular destination with backpackers, who are well-served in Panama by many hostels, cheap food, and heaps of culture to explore. Visit the islands for total relaxation, and to make those working away back home very jealous.

Get your groove on

Can't dance, won't dance? You haven't yet been to Panama City! Take a taxi to the three key areas of Panama City nightlife - the business district, Casca Viejo, and the Amador Causeway.

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Panamanian balboa (B/)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    December to April is the busiest, but also the nicest time to visit. Known as the dry season, there will be plenty of crowds out, but also much more on offer.

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What people are saying about Panama City

A great way to experience the jungle in a limited time.

I really enjoyed this tour. It gave an opportunity to see and do interesting things that are outside the norm. The tour moved along at just the right pace, no feeling of being hurried and enough time to savor each sight/activity. Gonzo was the guide and he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject, and full of good humor. The highlight for me was probably the visit to Monkey Island. It was so funny to watch the antics of the monkeys as they clambered all over the boat while we fed them bananas. It’s not often that you get a chance for that type of interaction. The visit to the Wounaan-Embera tribe was also very interesting. It’s important to preserve different races’ culture and identity and a tour such as this helps to achieve that (especially if you buy something that they made - and some of the items are very unusual and of high quality). All in all a very enjoyable day and I would definitely recommend this tour.

Panama City Jungle Experience Full Day Tour Reviewed by RAY, 09/01/2019

Our Guide was Amazing and So Knowledgeable of Panama

Our Guide Din, explained the history of the Panama Canal that really helped my daughter to understand why I wanted her to visit. Din was also great with the Monkeys on the island, which was the highlight of our day. Our Guide was determined to get them to come back out and visit us, after a tour before us had fed them. Our Guide was helping the boat director make the sound, so the Monkeys would come back and eat more bananas and play with us. We had a wonderful day, thanks to our Guide who spoke perfect English. We will come back to Panama and definitely request Din, sorry we did not get his last name. He was so kind and friendly, we felt like we had been knowing him forever. Please tell him, Johnnie and Vashti really enjoyed our visit to Panama, because of him and we will be back.

Panama Canal and Monkey Island: Full Day Tour Reviewed by Vashti, 07/06/2019

Excellent way to spend a few hours in Panama!

Solo female traveler here! I am SO happy I took the time to look this tour up to make the most of my 7-hour layover in Panama. This company is absolutely fantastic! It's actually a family run business, and the guides are all super knowledgeable and kind. The pick-up was easy, and we went directly to the Canal and had time to see additional sites (my tour ended up being ~ 4 hours). As a solo, young, female traveler, it was important for me to feel safe, and this tour did not fail in that domain! I felt very comfortable the whole time, and my belongings were always secured in the van in a discreet manner. I'm looking forward to recommending to my friends/family who may have long layovers here!

Panama City Layover Tour Reviewed by Jennifer, 07/03/2019

Nice way to experience the Canal, monkeys and indigenous people

Gonzo - Teresa were very good. The boat ride on the Canal provided a nice perspective of the canal. The monkeys cooperated, showing up! Enjoyed the Embra presentation-visit. Felt a bit like Disney in that the tour ends with encouragement to purchase crafts produced by village.

Monkey Island and Indian Village Tour Reviewed by Linda, 01/05/2019

A good tour overall, but should be cheaper.

The tour has 12 stops on it, but it really only has four areas of Panama City. The price exceeds the tour expectations. I don’t understand why the tour doesn’t include Panama Viejo. However, the tour is great for the first time tourist to Panama City, Panama.

Panama City: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/02/2019