Panama Canal Visitor Center at Miraflores Locks
There are four exhibition halls, which include historic artifacts used in the construction of the Canal, interactive modules, video presentations, models of the Panama Canal, and objects used in Canal operations. While visiting here you will most likely get the chance to see a ship make its way through the locks on its journey through the center passage of the world! For another special experience you can dine at the restaurant for dinner and watch the canal at night, illuminated with lights from below. The Canal is definitely one of the can’t-miss points of interest in Panama.
Panama City Tour
On this full- or half-day excursion to one of the Americas’ pivotal cities, you will see the ruins of Old Panamá, destroyed by the infamous English pirate, Sir Henry Morgan. A visit to Colonial Panamá and the Interoceanic Museum explaining the role Panama has played in commerce, beginning with the Spanish conquest, to the Panamá Railroad and Canal is one of the most interesting tours in Panama!
The setting is a lovely building which was the original headquarters of De Lesseps’ company in Panamá’s Plaza de la Catedral. The museum is one of the most historical points of interest in Panama, as it has artifacts from the French period and also the American effort, which finally succeeded in completing the Canal. It has excellent audio-visual presentations.
This area of the city has been declared a World Heritage Site and contains wonderful architecture of the Spanish period with strong French influence of the late 1800s, making this one of the most sought-after points of interest in Panama. This can be combined with a visit to the Canal Administration Building to see the murals depicting the construction of the Canal by William B. Van Ingen of New York, an outstanding artist who had achieved considerable fame for his murals in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
Barro Colorado Island
This island is administered by the STRI (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) and is the largest island in Gatun Lake. BCI is the site of an internationally recognized biological research station. To get to the island, visitors board a boat in Gamboa. This tour takes an entire day.
Smithsonian Marine Exhibit in Naos
This open-air museum at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal offers exhibits on marine and coastal environments. It’s one of the most interesting tours in Panama!
BioMuseo designed by Frank Gehry
The new BioMuseo, designed by Frank Gehry, cannot be missed as you reach the Amador causeway, with its bright colors and unique angular structure. This museum is definitely one of our favorite Panama points of interest. The museum features galleries dealing with Panama’s ecosystems and biodiversity, both terrestrial and aquatic.
Canopy Adventure in El Valle de Antón
This is an exciting full-day trip across the Canal and into the Panamanian hinterlands to visit El Valle de Anton, site of the Canopy Adventure.
Embera Drua Indian Village
This full-day excursion takes you to an authentic indigenous settlement at the headwaters of the Chagres River. It’s one of the most exciting tours in Panama!
Nature Exhibits at Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Half-day excursion for orchids and butterfly exhibits at a nearby resort.
- Orchid & plant nurseries
- Butterfly house
- Fresh water fish & reptiles ecology exhibit
Shopping in Panama City
Panamá City, literally the crossroads of the world, is rightfully renowned for its shopping. Enjoy browsing for French perfumes, Oriental table cloths, Italian jewelry and thousands of goods from all over the world at duty-free prices. It’s definitely one of the most famous points of interest in Panama!
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