Panama City, one of the most vibrant cities in the region, makes a fine base from which to start a tour of Latin America. Tocumen International Airport can be found here, which connects to various parts of the Americas and some countries across the sea to Europe. This allows for a relatively easier way to travel from different continents and explore this part of the world.
About 24 kilometres away from Panama City is the airport, making it convenient to reach without being too close to the city. Its distance makes it easier to perform renovations, which is underway on improving some parts of the facilities. Once finished, big planes such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747 will be able to accommodate more international flights, which will put Panama firmly at the centre of international transportation.
What to see & do
When one is on the lookout for the best of Panamanian art, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo is the place to visit. Its collection of works is vast and well represented by Latin American artists and even the occasional foreign or national artist. The Casco Viejo, which took its name from the high walls that protected it, is also a fascinating landmark to behold. Those going here will find wonderfully restored buildings, making it easier to visualise how magnificent the Casco Viejo is at its prime.
The Iglesia de San Jose, another fine landmark, makes an intriguing site as it protects the famous Altar de Oro, the only relic to be found after Henry Morgan ransacked Panama Viejo, the Old Town. Those who want to see more ruins can venture to the Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, where the first remnant of ruins can be found. After going around here, there is the Parque Natural Metropolitano to see. This tropical forest lies within the city limits, but serves as a wilderness escape for ecotourists eager for some greenery and the sight of some wild creatures such as titi monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and tortoises.
Tourists checking out more of the city can turn to the Paseo de las Bovedas, which runs along the top of the sea wall built by the Spanish to protect the city. From here, tourists can then venture to the Panama Canal Murals, which depict the canal's construction. One will see here how the canals were developed and the formation of the giant lock gates. The frieze located here below the murals presents a panorama of the excavation of Gaillard Cut. There is also the Parque Bolivar to visit, where Simon Bolivar held a meeting urging for the union of the Latin American countries. Although the union of the Gran Colombia did not last, he was honoured for his achievements in fighting for the liberation of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
How to get around within Panama City
When going around Panama, the main transport offered is the modern and safe air-conditioned buses by Metrobus. They run along Av Central-Via España, Av Balboa-Via Israel, and Av Simon Bolivar-Via Transistmica. Taxis are also available, but they are unmetered, making it necessary to negotiate for a range near the right amount of fare.
How to get there
Tourists heading to Panama can turn book connecting flights to Tocumen International Airport. Airlines serving here include Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat, American Airlines, Aruba Airlines, Avior Airlines, Avianca, Avianca Costa Rica, Avianca Ecuador, Avianca El Salvador, Cayman Airways, Condor, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines Colombia, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, SBA Airlines, Spirit Airlines, TAP Portugal, United Airlines, and Venezolana.
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