Panama City, Panama

Panama City

Soaring skyscrapers and a thriving banking district demonstrate the new era as they sparkle next to the remainders of Panama Viejo and the fading grandeur of the sumptuous French-style mansions of Casco Antiguo, which continues to be lovingly restored into fine restaurants and boutique hotels.

Within 30 miles in almost any direction, you will find yourself within the green belt of tropical rainforest and the National Parks that surround the city; thick with wildlife.

Panama Cathedral, Panama City, Panama
Panama Cathedral, Panama City, Panama

About Panama City

Panama City is an exciting cosmopolitan capital of great contrasts, located on the Pacific Coast of Panama and at the entrance of the Panama Canal. During the colonial period, Panama City was the base from which the Inca Empire in Peru was conquered and became one of the most important trading routes of the American Continent. Today, a thriving economy, sophisticated social scene, and world-class hotels and restaurants make it one of the liveliest capital cities in Central America.


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Miraflores Locks, Panama City, Panama

Panama Canal

Visit the famous canal, an extraordinary feat of engineering.

Hummingbird, Chiriqui, Panama

Camino de Cruces

Walk part of the historical trail, Camino de Cruces, that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic coast; a well-trodden path by merchants, slaves and gold seekers alike.

Colonial House, Casco Viejo, Panama

Casco Viejo

Visit the UNESCO district of Casco Viejo and St Joseph Church home to the golden altar.

scene, Panama

Walking Tour

Take part in a walking tour of Panama City, taking you to the neighbourhoods not usually visited.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

American Trade Hotel £££££

  • Panama
  • City

The American Trade Hotel is the latest development in the regeneration of Panama City’s Casco Viejo. The property was built in the early 20th Century to house the American Trading Company department store and was an iconic building within the city. When ATC closed its doors the building was subject to gang rule and dereliction for decades.

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Canal House £££££

  • Panama
  • Boutique

Canal House is a small guesthouse in Casco Viejo, the Old Town of Panama City. It is opposite the Panama Canal Museum and close to other main attractions. The building is a converted mansion dating back to 1893 and accommodation is in three suites, Miraflores, Gatun and Pedro Miguel, each named after the locks on the Panama Canal. Miraflores is the largest suite, with a king-size bed, a table for private dining and an en suite bathroom. There is a mezzanine with living room space, a desk and walk-in wardrobe, as well as a daybed to cater for two more guests.

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Meet our experts

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John Faithfull

One of John’s favourite spots is the viewing platform at the Miraflores Locks, where he has spent many happy (read “geeky”) hours being mesmerised by the machinations of the canal’s lock gate process.

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