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.
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.
Take trips to the interior for highland springtime in the mountains of El Valle or Chiriqui, 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 travel to the Pearl Islands, Bocas del Toro and San Blas. 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. 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.