Tania B asked in TravelLatin AmericaPanama · 10 years ago

things to do in panama?

what can a group of 21 years olds do in panama city?

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  • Seryan
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    10 years ago
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    Things to do in Panama

    Go back to the future with a stroll through the cobblestone alleys of

    Casco Viejo, a colonial-era neighborhood frequented by snow-cone vendors.

    Abandoned by the city's elite in the 1950's, the area became a squatters'

    slum. In recent years, however, artists, professionals and snowbirds have

    turned skid row into real estate gold. Among the prominent residents is

    Rubén Blades, the musician and actor who is now the country's minister

    of tourism. Take a taxi to the Plaza de Francia, at the peninsula's tip.

    From there, you can walk to the Golden Altar at the San Jose Church

    (Avenida A and Calle 8a Este), one of the few treasures that wasn't

    ransacked by Henry Morgan, the pirate captain, in 1671; the heron-

    infested presidential palace (Avenida 4 and Calle Eloj); and the slick

    if encyclopedic Interoceanic Canal Museum (Plaza de la Independencia,


    After wilting in the tropical heat, grab a cold Atlas beer at La Casona

    de las Brujas (Plaza Herrera), one of the trendy lounges and cafes that

    have sprung up in Casco Viejo. This one has a raw gallery upfront

    (photographs of local artisans were recently on display), and a concrete

    garden out back, lending it a transitional East Berlin flavor that goes

    well with the artsy crowd. Guitar bands take over a makeshift stage

    at night, playing a brash mix of "rock de Panamá."

    For Panamanian cooking (similar to Cuban with a lot of seafood), try

    Tinajas Restaurant (22 Calle 51, 507-263-7890) in El Cangrejo, the

    central banking district. National staples like corbina ceviche,

    jumbo shrimps in coconut sauce and ropa vieja, spicy

    shredded beef over rice, are served accompanied by live folkloric

    dancing in a homey atmosphere. The costumed dance begins at 9 p.m.

    on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

    Like South Beach in Miami, Panama City has its share of velvet ropes,

    although the lower model quotient provides for less attitude. Many

    doors don't open until 11 p.m., so for a pre-club cocktail drop by the

    Martini Bar at the Radisson Decapolis Hotel (Avenida Balboa,

    507-215-5000) and watch the city's peacocks preen on bright

    orange sofas. After a martini or two, many head to

    nearby Calle Uruguay, where there are no fewer than a dozen hot

    spots catering to straights, gays, punks and fashionistas. At Moods

    (Calle 48 and Calle Uruguay, 507-263-4923), the stiletto-heeled and

    open-collared party goers grind their hips to Panamanian reggae until dawn.

    Suppress your urge for an Egg McMuffin and nurse your hangover at

    El Trapiche (Vía Argentina, 507-269-4353), a busy diner in El Cangrejo,

    for a hearty breakfast of carimañola, a savory roll made of mashed yucca

    and stuffed with ground beef and boiled eggs, and a side of corn tortillas,

    which look more like silver-dollar pancakes than taco shells. The bill should

    come to under $8, even with a second café con leche.

    No trip to Panama City is complete without a visit to the Panama Canal.

    Instead of standing around in your fanny pack, have lunch at the Miraflores

    Locks, the southernmost of three sets of water elevators that fill and

    drain as ships wend their way between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

    by way of the Caribbean Sea. Just five miles from the city's center,

    the Miraflores Visitor Center (507-276-8427) is home to a multilevel

    exhibition and a third-floor restaurant (507-232-3120; shown top left)

    where you almost touch the passing vessels while you refuel. To ensure a

    choice table, call the restaurant for reservations.

    you can also call the center for the day's scheduled crossings.

    To complete your self-guided tour, go halfway up the 50-mile-long canal

    to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort (507-314-9000), a 340-acre nature

    reserve complete with an aerial tram that slices through the Soberanía

    National Park, a Tarzan-like jungle that is home to 500-plus (really)

    species of birds. An observation tower offers another bird's-eye view.

    Situated 30 minutes from the city center, the resort is as idyllic and

    unspoiled as downtown Panama City is hurried and urban.

    As the day wanes, there's no better place to rejuvenate than the mile-long

    Amador Causeway, which juts out between the canal and Panama Bay.

    Made from rocks excavated from the channel, the three connecting islands

    form an esplanade of parks, cafes, oceanfront condos and a new cruise ship

    terminal. By day, bicyclists ride and joggers stride along the narrow roadway,

    soaking in the dazzling views of the city's crescent-shaped waterfront - a

    veritable timeline that spans from 17th-century steeples and fishing nooks

    to modern office towers and airy penthouses. By night, the distant skyline

    comes alive like twinkling stars.

    For a memorable meal, take a cab to Eurasia (Calle 48, 507-264-7859)

    in the busy central district of Bella Vista. Reflecting the city's immigrant

    stew, this Chinese-ow

    Source(s): I live here.There's a lot to do in Panama
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  • 4 years ago

    Yes, the Panama Canal is definitely one of the things that that country is known for. Panama City is world famous as a banking center. Many banks and their branches can be found there, and some are from other countries. Panama City also happens to be the oldest city on the west coast of Central or North America.

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  • Terry
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