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Tips For Tourists Visiting Panama

By Lela Perkins

Tourists visiting Panama will find cosmopolitan cities, tribal villages, rainforest, warm seas, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The Panama Canal links 2 oceans bringing international trade and influences. It’s the largest duty-free trade zone in the Americas.

Panama City is urban and modern. There’s upscale hotels, shopping, art galleries, local vendors, bars, clubs, cafes, eateries, and a busy nightlife. The city is a fascinating mix of old and new. The original look has been preserved in the historic neighborhood of Casco Antiguo, also called Casco Viejo, the old city first settled in 1673.

Founded in 1519, Panama Viejo was the first European settlement on the Pacific. The crumbling remains have been preserved as a public park. Impressive ruins of the town center, private homes, a cathedral and several churches are open for public viewing.

Visit the Interoceanic Canal Museum to learn about the planning and construction of the Panama Canal. Operating since 1914, it remains an international shipping route. Tourists can take a boat tour that travels through 2 sets of locks. Walk, ride, or bike the 4 mile long Amadour Causeway with spectacular views of the Canal, the city, and the Bridge of the Americas. Stop for shopping and eating at the many establishments along the way.

The city of Colon is the northern gateway to the Canal. The Colon Free Zone is a massive shopping complex where wholesalers, retailers, and the general public shop for duty-free merchandise. A scenic way to travel here is the Panama Canal Railway with wood-paneled and carpeted rail cars with a 19th century design. The ride includes an hour long journey through the rainforest.

See tribal life as lived by the Embera Indians. Arrive via a traditional canoe ride. Enjoy traditional dancing and music and partake of a traditional meal of fried fish or chicken with fried plantains. Native crafts for sale include carved Cocobolo wood, masks and plates woven from palm leaf fibers, and woven baskets.

The San Blas Islands are idyllic for sailing, boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The waters off Pedasi on the Pacific are excellent for fishing and surfing, swimming and snorkeling. It’s a little off the beaten track, offering uncrowded beaches for those who want to relax and enjoy nature.

Explore butterfly and botanical gardens on the main island at Bocas Del Tora. Red Frog beach on Isla Bastimentos offers a zip line canopy tour for thrill seekers. This island is also the home of the indigenous Ngobe community. The warm seas off the islands are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

A favorite for eco-tourists and adventure seekers is Chiriqui Province with an amazing array of activities to choose from. There are coffee estate tours, jungle tours and bird watching, fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving, rock climbing, and hiking. There’s horseback riding along the beach or on mountain trails around Boquete. Whales breed and birth their calves in these tropical waters from January-March, and July-October.

Visiting Panama offers activities of interest to everyone, young and old, male or female. There’s modern cities and nightlife, fishing and water sports. Eco-tours explore the jungle and the incredible biodiversity. There’s an international feel to the cities. The tribal life of indigenous populations continues to this day. There’s warm weather and warm seas year round.

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