What to see and do in Panama
The Panama Canal at 80 km long is one of the modern wonders of the world. A visit to the Miraflores Locks and visitors center is a must see. Travel agencies can arrange boat trips on Gatun Lake with its island wildlife and good fishing, and a transit of the canal – once-in-a-lifetime experience! Don’t miss the graceful lines of the Bridge of the Americas. You can also take a “Safari” style tour to visit the areas adjacent to the Canal and its banks, with interesting activities such as observation of wildlife in Lake Gatun.
There are safe areas for diving, snorkeling, kayaking or just swimming at your leisure, while admiring one of beautiful and small waterfalls. Despite the high rise buildings and a skyline reminiscent of Hong Kong, with bright lights and commercial centers, Panama City is the only city in the world that has a tropical rain forest within its city limits. Its beaches and harbor are beautiful, especially at sunset, and views from the palm-lined Amador Causeway with its elegant restaurants, superb. The history of Panama City can be traced through its origins in Panama La Vieja, supposedly sacked by the pirate Henry Morgan, and “neuva Panama” now known as Casco Viejo. Take trips to the interior for highland springtime in the mountains of El Valle or Chiriqui. Click here for more information for these beautiful areas. Climb Panama’s highest point, the extinct volcano of Volcan Baru. Visit dairy, coffee, flower, and vegetable farms in the bread-basket province of Chiriqui.
River rafting is at its best here, together with hiking, climbing and bird watching. Visit the beautiful beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, or the Pearl Islands, Bocas del Toro and San Blas. For more information click here. No wonder these areas have been chosen by twelve countries for their television programs “Survivor”. The biodiversity and the geographical location of Panama on its land bridge (only 50 km. wide at its narrowest) have lead to an incredible variety of plant and animal life. Wilderness regions including rainforests and cloud forests click here in designated national parks. Panama is home to 940 recorded species of birds and includes habitats for 125 animal species found nowhere else in the world. With 1518 islands and 2988 km of coast line, there is plenty of space for water sports.
Deep sea fishing is world class. In marine parks on both coasts reefs are found where diving and snorkeling are rewarding experiences. Surfing and whale watching are also popular. One of the hottest new attractions is Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, a special area for observing wildlife which is managed by the Avifauna Eugene Eisenmann Foundation, founded in 2000 honouring the ornithologist of the same name. Its main attractions are the Visitors Center, the Observation Tower, and trails system within the forest, which is approximately 1 km. From the center you can photograph birds as orioles, weaving their nests on a “Higueron Tree”, as well as monkeys and other animals. The center has experienced guides, a souvenir shop and restrooms. It is opened around 6:00 and 10:00 a.m. accepting a maximum of 25 people only, given the fact that this is the time when animals and birds are most active. The objective is to minimize the impact on wildlife and their habitat. Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. availability increases to 50 visitors. The ticket price is $30.00 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and $20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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