Panama City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latin America and experienced a strong economic upswing due to the construction of the Panama Canal, which is noticeable by a modern business district and large skyscrapers.
In Central America between the Atlantic and the Pacific lies Panama’s capital Panama City. The metropolis has over a million inhabitants and boasts a breathtaking diversity. It is based in particular on the natural growth of the city: it was founded in 1519. Buildings from the colonial period can be admired in the picturesque old town of Casco Viejo. To see them from a bird’s eye view, a visit to the roof terraces of the Tantalo or Casa Panama hotels is a good idea. With a strong, Central American coffee, you can admire the time-honored buildings from there and at the same time take a look at the new center of the metropolis. This is dominated by skyscrapers, which give an indication of Panama City as a business location.
A city full of contrasts. On the one hand, modern high-rise buildings, two airports, metro and one of the financial centers of the world. On the other side there are the ruins of Panama Vieja, the first complex of the city and the colonial old town with the narrow streets and colorful houses.
Of course, the Panama Canal is the main attraction for visitors from all over the world. From the Miraflores locks you can very well observe the passage of the ocean giants through the locks.
You can also travel through the Panama Canal with a tourist ship or take the train from Panama to Colón, driving along the canal for an hour, mostly through tropical rainforest.
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