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PANAMA
Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageSpanish
CapitalPanama City
Area75.517 kmĀ²
Population4,432,524  (2021)
Currencybalboa  (PAB)
Web.pa
Code.PAN
Tel.+507

Vacations and Sightseeing

Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in Panama. In particular, residential tourism (pensionados, mainly from the US) is booming.

The biggest tourist attraction is of course the Panama Canal. This canal is about 80 km long and cuts Central America in half at its narrowest point. Visitors can choose between a partial or complete crossing of the canal. These take between four and eight hours. Many visitors choose to explore the canal by visiting the Miraflores lock museum. From the restaurant on the top floor of the museum, visitors can see the ships passing through the canal.

The San Blas islands are home to the indigenous Kuna, best known for their colourful cloth molas. Tourists can book a flight to San Blas from Panama City or any other regional airport. Only a handful of the 365 San Blas islands are inhabited. Tourists can visit an authentic Kuna village, snorkel in the vibrant blue sea, relax on white sand beaches and explore the flora and fauna of the islands.

Panama City is worth visiting and has a beautiful cathedral and several museums. Panama City's urban cathedral was built between 1688 and 1796 and is a fantastic reflection of old colonial religious architecture. La Garzas Palace is the government residence of the President of Panama and is a must-see for anyone visiting Panama City.

Here you can learn a lot about the history of Panama and the building has a special architecture. The Reina Torres de Arauz Anthropological Museum displays a large collection with more than 15,000 pieces of gold and pottery and ethnographic art, kept in good conditions. The museum of colonial religious art is located in the old quarter of Panama City.

The old chapel Domingo de Guzman was built in the third quarter of the 18th century and was restored in 1974. The objects exhibited in this museum belong to families and churches of Panama City.


Sources

Elmar Landeninformatie

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated January 2024
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