10 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Panama

Jul 22, 2021

Here in the sunny Caribbean, you have a chance to be in paradise and save some money too. The city of Panama offers some of the cheapest hotels in the world and Panama is a great value for money. If you have a wanderlust, you can go to the city of Chiriqui, which is full of lively vibes. You can see indigenous tribes that you may never find anywhere else in the world.

Panama's natural surroundings are stunning; people say it's the pearl of the Caribbean, but only if you visit the Darien Rainforest can you find truly diverse wildlife. In the middle of the forest you can find the natural wonders of the Lost City of Managua.

Panama has a lot to offer; from delicious dining, exciting nightlife, stunning landscapes to fun activities. Check out our top tourist attractions in Panama.

Chiriqui Lagoon

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Panama's Chiriqui Lagoon is a half-moon shaped series of shallow lakes, 25 miles long and ranging in width from one to 15 miles, which includes the Lago Grande. The Lago de Chiriqui is a lake to the north of the island. Around 110 bird species can be spotted in Chiriqui Lagoon, including the greater flamingo, jabiru, the pink flamingo and the roseate spoonbill. Topography also varies, with green and black volcanic soils that produce low-growing vegetation like grasses, small bushes, and trees. Some of the lakes, like the Lago Grande, are shallow enough to have grasses and water reeds, while others are dry except during the rainy season. Flooding and hurricanes sometimes change the configuration of the lagoons. Because the Laguna de Chiriqui has not been built up and is very shallow, some places along the lake are rarely visited. One interesting thing to note is that in the Chiriqui Lagoon there are different types of waterbodies: The lagoons formed by Volcanoes, lakes formed by Fluvia and clear ponds formed by a lagoon bottom. Chiriqui Lagoon has a natural reserve where visitors can see flamingos and the local birds, and access to the lagoon is free. Around the lake you can see the city of David and the ruins of a villa. The Ca帽o Negro Dam, which is the source of the electricity used in Panama and the other cities in Panama, is located at the end of the lagoon.

Bocas del Toro

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Panama is one of the few tropical destinations where visitors can cruise by boat through the jungle from port to port. Traveling by sea is fun, and taking a canal cruise allows for a ride through the incredible Panama Canal - without your feet touching the ground. Canal tours depart from Panama City, Colon, Gatun Lake, San Carlos, and Portobelo. To the east, the most scenic excursion takes in the Darien Gap and a visit to the magnificent Gamboa Rainforest. Travel Guide: a brief description of Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm, Sweden's capital, was founded in the 12th century and is the most historic and picturesque city in Sweden. Stockholm is filled with attractions of all kinds, such as shops, bars, clubs, restaurants, the Vasa Museum, outdoor caf茅s, the R枚hsska Museum, and stunning architecture such as the amazing Royal Opera House. Stockholm is known for its cafes, boat tours, architecture, and museums. The most famous cultural building is the Royal Opera House.

Barro Colorado Island

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Only one of the most populated islands in the Panama Canal, Barro Colorado is more than a tourist attraction as it is also home to wildlife, such as water birds, tropical birds, turtles and crocodiles. Barro Colorado Island is owned by the U.S. government and was one of the locations for the CIA鈥檚 Panama Jungle base. The best way to explore the island is to rent a boat that can take you deep into the Caribbean Sea. The Panama Canal is also about a 20-minute boat ride from the island and is the perfect place to take in the panoramic views. Boat tours may also take you to the ruins of Barro Colorado City, a village destroyed in the last big hurricane to hit the area in 1989.

Isla Colon

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Colon was first inhabited by Caribs, some 800 years ago. Although the island now consists of one town (Bucaramanga), it is famous for its market and as an important base for bird watchers, sports fishermen, and eco-tourists. Its proximity to the mainland and the Caribbean make for plenty of diving sites, including small isles, although the best diving spots are much further offshore. Explorers should also visit the San Lorenzo cayes to see the magnificent dive sites and bird colonies.

Panama City

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This is Panama's largest city, and although it is rather noisy and busy in the day, it mellows down at night. The old town center is located on the Caribbean coast with its picturesque views over the bay, and dotted with grand colonial churches. Nearby is a pleasant beach that offers a lot of space for walking, swimming, and boating, all of which are also good for kayaking. There are also plenty of restaurants, and good shopping opportunities if you decide to venture out of the colonial center.

Isla Taboga

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Located off the coast of Panama is Isla Taboga, a large island boasting a number of white-sand beaches, cool clear sea water, and diverse terrain. The charming towns and beaches of Isla Taboga are a two-hour boat ride from Panama City, but do not come without a pricey ticket. Isla Taboga is also home to a unique volcanic formation that spans part of the island and even has a volcano that can be climbed up.

The Panama Canal

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Widely regarded as the greatest engineering feat of its age, the Panama Canal, on the Isthmus of Panama, stretches a remarkable 3,200 kilometers from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It is the largest man-made excavation in history. One hundred and fifty years in the making, the canal was officially finished on August 15, 1914, with the arrival of the SS Panama. The Panama Canal is currently operated by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), a part of the government of Panama. With 40,000 employees, the ACP oversees construction of major projects, and operates and maintains the Panama Canal and the Gatun Locks on the northern, and Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks on the southern, sides of the canal. It is also responsible for the care, operation and maintenance of all ships and the land and rail routes on the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the canal. Currently being enlarged and deepened, the second phase of construction (known as Project Zero, or OP-2) will deepen the Canal by almost 60 meters and build an entirely new parallel canal to connect with the Pacific Ocean. The new canal will be 50 meters wider and capable of handling 35 percent more ships. Today, the Canal is a bustling maritime and land route through the heart of the Americas, allowing international trade to flow freely between the Atlantic and the Pacific.

Bocas del Toro Rainforest

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Most rainforest trips are made out of necessity rather than desire, with travelers dealing with insects and jaguars along with unexpected weather and slippery roads. But not in Bocas del Toro Rainforest, one of the best and most accessible wildlife reserves in the world. Since the rainforest contains a unique ecosystem full of biodiversity, it has been set up as a private rainforest preserve, restricting access by tourists and turning it into a destination for adventurous travelers. Once you're here, you can snorkel, fish, kayak, hike, and have a choice of various activities including boat tours, nature walks and zip-lining, while experiencing the wild life and wildlife that includes crocodiles, anacondas, turtles and birds, plus some 70 or more species of monkeys and more than 1,500 species of plants. With a planned network of land, sea and air connections, the experience is an easy way to see the country's jungles and rainforests from several areas around the country.

San Lorenzo

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In Panama, San Lorenzo is a sleepy fishing village with a colorful history. Built on a tiny island near the tip of the Panama Canal, the place was once home to freed slaves, so in 1986 UNESCO gave the city "World Heritage" status for its unusual inclusion of multiculturalism and unique architecture in this otherwise rural locale. Despite its history as a working port, San Lorenzo today is a quiet resort town, with a few streets of restaurants, shops and the requisite medical clinic. The town itself is nothing special, with whitewashed buildings and lots of fishing and cargo boats moored along the waterfront. The best way to visit the town is on a walking tour with a professional guide, who can provide the history behind its architecture and history. San Lorenzo is about three hours away from Panama City, and most flights arrive at the city's Daniel Oduber International Airport.

Isla Grande

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Home to a number of world-renowned golf courses, this Caribbean island is located off the northwest coast of Panama. Although only 300 km long and 30 km across, the island is a magnet for tour operators offering a variety of tour packages. Those wanting to stay in shape on the island can hike the 4,000-meter-high peak on the island's east coast, Crist贸bal Col贸n, and enjoy great views from its summit. There are three main sights of interest in the island: Casco Viejo, or Old Town, with its narrow, winding streets and buildings; the Plaza de Francia, built around the base of the main ceremonial statue of Crist贸bal Col贸n, and the Crist贸bal Col贸n International Airport, the country's main international airport.