Just as the isthmus of Panama links Central and South America, the country’s capital, Panama City, is the cultural bridge between a historic past and modern-gazing future.

The capital of Central America’s southernmost country, Panama City, has a rich colonial past, but with engineering marvels such as the Panama Canal and environmental efforts to protect the marine life of its nearly 1,800 miles of shoreline, it’s always been a place for innovation. All with distinct Latin and Caribbean flavor that infuses everything from the vibrant cuisine to the welcoming energy of the city.

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Tocumen International Airport

DISCOVERIES

Biomuseo
Building 136, Amador Causeway
Artistic Display of Primary-Colored Splashed Panels

The Biomuseo, Frank Gehry’s only work in Latin America, is hard to miss. The signature Gehry design is a collection of bold primary-colored panels that seem to float in place that occupies a prominent perch on the Amador Causeway, which is the entrance to the Panama Canal. The eight galleries tell the fascinating story of biodiversity and the natural wonders of Panama and its unique position between Central and South America.

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Casco Viejo
Historical Castle-Like Buildings with White Towers

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, a stroll into Panama’s Old City is a bit like stepping on the movie set of a Colonial-era film. Wander the cobbled streets lined with brightly colored houses with flowers cascading from balconies overhead and pop in and out of artisan boutiques along the way. Stop off at a sidewalk cafe for a snack, and in the evenings linger in the plazas with the locals as they listen to live musicians play.

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MAC Panama
Ave. de los Martires
Museum Visitor Regarding Framed Photographs

This privately owned museum was founded as the Panamanian Institute of Art in 1962 by a group of local artists with the aim of expanding cultural development. The community that started then has continued to grow, as has the wonderful collection of contemporary work by Panamanian artists housed within its galleries.

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Panama Canal Museum
Calle 6a Oeste
Historical Black and White Photograph of The Panama Canal

No visit to Panama City is complete without a tour of the Panama Canal Museum. Housed in the impressively restored former headquarters of the French canal company, this museum illustrates the history of this influential waterway through interactive displays and temporary special exhibits.

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Metropolitan Natural Park
Hillside and Grass Views Along the Water

Take a breather from the bustling cosmopolitan scene and escape to this natural oasis set high on a hill with panoramic city views, just north of downtown. Explore the trails throughout this 570-acre park, which is home to one of the last remaining tropical dry forests in Central America. Follow the loop trails and be on the lookout for tropical birds, titi monkeys, anteaters, sloths, iguanas and turtles along the way.

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