6 Top Tourist Attractions in Panama City

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Ancon Hill

Ancon Hill is one of the top tourist attractions in Panama City. It is located inside a national park right next to the Panama Canal. There is also a cathedral, a museum, a zoo, and a park that make it one of the most visited places in the city.

The first thing you’ll notice about Ancon Hill is the Ancon Bell Tower. This bell tower is a famous landmark in Panama City, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Panama City. Even if you aren’t a history buff, it’s a beautiful structure that will undoubtedly demand your attention.

As you make your way up the Ancon Hill, it gets significantly quieter and more secluded. This is due to the fact that there are no more shops and restaurants. The views also get better, and there are two viewpoints that give nice views of the city.

At the top of Ancon Hill, you will be able to look at the Panama Canal and see ships going through it. The scenery is both beautiful and surreal.

Ancon Hill is also a great place to go if you are looking for a secluded place to go for a walk. It’s also a great place to take pictures and hold weddings and other events.

Panama Viejo

Panama Viejo is a neighborhood that was a part of the original Panama City. It is also the district that contains the San Francisco Church, or Church of the Chorreras, which was established on November 7, 1607. While Panama Viejo is the richest neighborhood in Panama, some of its districts, such as El Carmen, are almost completely made up of poor people.

The neighborhood, which was declared a national monument in 1996, is located north of the Panama Canal and the United States Embassy and near the Panama Canal Railway Heritage Museum and Panama Ports Museum.

Panama Viejo was designated a historic site in 1988 and has been known by its nickname, the "Chorreras" since the 1800s. At the heart of Panama Viejo is its historic square, Panama Viejo Square, with an attractive statue of Don Pacifico on horseback.

El Valle

El Valle occupies a central location north of Panama City between the Panama Canal and the mountains. The area is known as one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Panama but has been devastated by the 2008 Panama’s housing bubble.

The neighborhood’s name “El Valle” comes from the area’s natural setting, (a valley), and its location on the highway that links Panama City to the Panama Canal.

Isla Taboga

Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo is Panama City’s oldest neighborhood and the district with the highest concentration of historical warehouses. An event of considerable importance occurred in Casco Viejo on January 7, 1811, when Miguel de Espinoza, commandant of the Conceptionist Regiment, tried to declare the independence of Panama from Spain.

The attempt failed, but this event is recognized as the beginning of the insurrection to liberate Panama from Spanish rule.

Casco Viejo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000. This event was celebrated and attended by dignitaries and important Panamanians.

Today the historic district is full of nightclubs, clubs, pubs and restaurants and is a major tourist attraction of Panama City. Casco Viejo is also where you can find La Catedral, what is said to be the second largest church in Central America.

Amador Causeway

The Amador Causeway is a series of bridges in Panama City that connect the two peninsulas of the city. It is an extremely scenic and relaxing way to travel from one end of the city to the other and is what most locals use to get from their homes to work. Panama City’s Amador Causeway is so popular, in fact, that it’s possible to rent a bicycle, scooter, or even a boat to travel along it.

It is truly a wonderful way to see Panama and to satisfy that desire for adventure in your life. There are a ton of really amazing things to do along the way, and the view is fantastic.

Panama Canal

Panama is one of, if not the most, scenic places you will ever visit. The Panama Canal is one of the most popular attractions in Panama City. You can see the canal from afar, and it looks beautiful when you get close enough to it. Have a meal at one of the Panama City restaurants on the way, and take in the view as you enjoy your meal.

This is certainly a unique experience and one that you won’t soon forget.

Caratacus Statue

Miraflores Locks

The locks are the Panama Canal’s most important navigation system, used by ships to pass through the canal. These five locks lift vessels between 32 meters (105 ft) and 74 meters (243 ft) above sea level, and it is possible to complete the entire transit in the locks in approximately 48 minutes.

The Panama Canal connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in the Americas following the reduction of the Isthmus of Panama. The Panama Canal is 74 km (46 mi) long and 56 m (184 ft) deep. The world’s busiest international waterway, the Panama Canal was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914, after the orignal was chosen in a US-led treaty in 1879.

The locks allow ships to traverse the canal. The canal and its twin the Miraflores Locks are the result of efforts to build a sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, thereby permitting the transport of materials from the USA to Asia. When completed in 1914, the Panama Canal connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for commercial ship traffic. It was an engineering marvel built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The idea of building a canal across the Isthmus was first proposed by a group of US businessmen in 1876, and was further supported by the French in 1880.