Panama is one of those countries that was high on my travel wish list. The Panama Canal was on the Bucket list as well, therefore a trip to Panama was in order. Known for its stunning skyline, its affordability, and its weather, here are some notable places that make a trip to Panama City worthwhile:
Sitting at a short distance from the center of Panama City, Ancon Hill used to serve as an administrative station for the Panama Canal. You can enjoy a beautiful short hike, about 25 minutes, or rent a driver to take you to the top. Being the frugal person that I am, I opted for the short hike. We enjoyed delightful views of both the Panama Canal as well the Panama City Skyline. Aside from getting lost on the way back down (yes, I know, how could this happen?!), we were not disappointed.
Miraflores Visitor Center
I had no idea what to expect when my friend and I arrived at the Miraflores Visitor Center. To our luck, there were several ships in transit through the locks. We toured the exhibition hall and were able to grasp the impact the Panama Canal has had internationally. I highly recommend arriving to the Center early so that you can have ample time to learn the history of the Panama Canal and so that you can also witness the ships transiting through. It was exhilarating!
I love visiting colonial cities and Casco Viejo lived up to all of my expectations. Nestled in the historic district of Panama City, Casco Viejo is a small yet charismatic location where you will find restaurants, gift shops, and timeless streets.
My favorite part of this trip to Panama was how we stumbled upon this hidden island that is mostly visited by locals. We did not find too much information on the island and hopped on a ferry wishing for the best. Upon arrival we were greeted by lush mountains and a rocky beach. There is a quaint little town hidden in the mountains, ready to be explored. We were ecstatic to have found a beach not too far from the city, so ecstatic our tan lines looked like tattoos afterwards.
If you are looking for a quick getaway, Panama is great destination to consider. If you are a budget traveler your pockets will be happy, if you are a foodie your stomach will thank you, if you are a history buff you will fulfill your heart’s desire, and if you are a beach bum your tan will look great! What are you waiting for? Go on and book that trip! If you have already been , what were you favorite places to visit in Panama?