Panama — Vibrant Culture, Vivacious Nature


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Say the word “Panama” and one thinks of white hats and canals, but there’s so much more to this country than first meets the eye. Aptly dubbed the “Crossroads of the Americas,” Panama is a rich mixture of urban nightlife, adventures in rainforests and mountains, and languid days on the beach. Whether your main destination or a stop on a Central American overland trip, Panama is sure to delight.


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Let Willamette Intl Travel plan your trip to Panama. This is a fascinating country just beginning to see a resurgence with US travelers. Call us at 503-224-0180 or email for more info.


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The Capital. A vibrant capital, Panama City is a modern metropolis that resembles Miami. Panama Viejo, the historic part of town, is the only surviving district of the old city, which was burned down by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. Here you can find the Bell Tower, beautiful Spanish and French colonial architecture, and the Golden Altar at the Church of San Jose. The altar was once painted black by priests hoping to conceal this golden treasure from pirates.


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What Not to Miss in Panama

  • Taste local dishes and drinks with a walking tour in Casco Viejo
  • Drive out to the Amador Causeway, a popular area with wonderful panoramas, local shopping and a plethora of restaurants and nightclubs
  • Take the kids to the Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research Aquarium
  • Check out the Miraflores locks, the tallest of three that form the Panama Canal

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  • Venture out from Panama City to Darien, a vast wilderness covering over 17,000 square kilometres. The region hosts the Parque Nacional Darien, which safeguards one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world.
  • Stretch your legs out on the sun-drenched sands of Guna Yala–the autonomous territory of the Guna locals, which includes nearly 400 tropical islands. Don’t miss out on the great snorkeling, scuba diving, and hiking during your visit. The reefs are home to magnificent rainbow-colored fish, rays, sharks, and coral.
  • Step out into the remote and beautiful Bocas del Toro, an immense archipelago home to a population of indigenous and mixed migrants. The province is a popular destination to kick back on the beach or try your hand at world-class fishing, diving and surfing.

Did you know? Panama’s citizens are called “Panamanians”.

Thinking about Stopping in Panama on a Cruise? Ask us about cruises in and out of Panama City.


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