Panama is at the crossroads of the world located on the isthmus connecting North and South America. This southernmost Central American country is a melting pot of cultures with an exciting blend of the native culture, Spanish colonization, US invasion and the modern world. The rainforest teams with exotic wildlife and the coastal beaches are crowned with sun and sand.
Panama City will remind you of cities in Spain, with a blend of native and North American culture. Stroll along the winding cobblestone streets and visit the historic part of the town, which is a World Heritage Site and filled with colonial buildings. You can't leave without seeing the golden bronze altar of the San Jose Cathedral or taking a walk along the stone wall of Paseo de la Bovedas. The President's Palace is a spectacular sight as is the colorful market. Some of the museums in this city include the Museum of Colonial Religious Art and the Museum of Panamanian Man, which will give you a glimpse into the people and the history of the country.
Explore the ruins of the original Panama City at Panama Veijo. No visit to this country would be complete without seeing the Panama Canal or a visit to the Panama Canal Museum. A day trip from the capital will take you to Barro Colorado, an island in Gutan Lake. This island is one of the leading tropical observatories in the world. The scenery of towering mountains and majestic waterfalls will astound you when you visit Chirgui Province. Here you can visit banana and coffee plantations and see the thoroughbred horses for which this region is well known.
History lovers won't want to miss a visit to Portobelo where they can walk the streets of the old Spanish garrison, see an old Spanish cannon and the storehouses where the gold and silver of South America were once stored before being shipped to Spain. The Gamboa Tropical Rainforest Reserve and the Soberania National Park are exceptional locations for seeing and learning about the wildlife of the country and you just have to see the orchids of Anton valley.
Panama is a country for every taste and budget. You can spend time soaking up the rays on the beach or enjoy diving and snorkeling. If you are looking for a thrill, become a participant in a tree canopy adventure in El Nispero Botannical Gradens, where you can don a harness and swing from the platforms on the top of the giant trees.