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Ranked #1 of 67 attractions in Panama City
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this fifty-mile waterway transports ships by raising... more » Owner description: Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this fifty-mile waterway transports ships by raising them from sea level to more than 85 feet via a series of gravity-powered locks. « less
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Ranked #2 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources

The Panama Canal is open 24 hours a day, but the visitor center is only open between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. "The center features an ample, fully equipped theater, three observation... more »

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Ranked #3 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms the central part of the Panama Canal.
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Ranked #4 of 67 attractions in Panama City
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Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction and present-day operation of Panama's landmark... more » Owner description: Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction and present-day operation of Panama's landmark canal. « less
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Ranked #5 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Bodies of Water; Water sports
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Ranked #6 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods
This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways and historical plazas and palaces make it a must-see on any tour.
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Ranked #7 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #8 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Located at the southern entrance of the Panama Canal and stretching nearly three kilometers into the Pacific Ocean, this... more » Owner description: Located at the southern entrance of the Panama Canal and stretching nearly three kilometers into the Pacific Ocean, this popular causeway features many tourist-related venues and activities including hotels, restaurants, and jogging and biking trails. « less
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Bahai Temple (Las Cumbres)
Ranked #9 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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$180* and up
Ranked #11 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: National Parks; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Located 15 miles from downtown Panama City, this scenic park features two hiking paths called el Charco in Gamboa and... more » Owner description: Located 15 miles from downtown Panama City, this scenic park features two hiking paths called el Charco in Gamboa and Pipeline Road, both known for excellent birding and wildlife viewing. « less
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Ranked #12 of 67 attractions in Panama City
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Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century, this small church features the famous Golden Altar (Altar... more » Owner description: Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century, this small church features the famous Golden Altar (Altar de Oro), which is made entirely of pure gold. « less
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Ranked #13 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Ancient Ruins; Landmarks
Owner description: Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde estuvo ubicada la Ciudad de Panamá en su primera... more » Owner description: Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde estuvo ubicada la Ciudad de Panamá en su primera fundación en elsiglo XVI. « less
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Ranked #14 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: National Parks; Nature and Parks
Owner description: This 265-hectare national treasure is located within Panama City’s Ancon district, and is the only protected area in Central... more » Owner description: This 265-hectare national treasure is located within Panama City’s Ancon district, and is the only protected area in Central America located within city boundaries. Standing along the Panama Canal’s eastern shore, it’s home to dozens of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and trees. With lookout points, four well-marked trails, a scenic road and a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute canopy crane structure, guests can explore on their own. The Park also offers guided tours to groups for a fee (five-person minimum) if booked well in advance. « less
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Ranked #15 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Museums
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Ranked #16 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: National Parks; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Panama’s first national park, this one was created thanks to a landscape created by the now-extinct El Valle de Antón... more » Owner description: Panama’s first national park, this one was created thanks to a landscape created by the now-extinct El Valle de Antón volcano. Avid bird-watchers will love it here, as will visitors who want to take in the incredible views from the park’s lookout spots. « less
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Ranked #17 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great views and a leisurely spot in which to purchase and... more » Owner description: Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great views and a leisurely spot in which to purchase and savor raspados (fruity snow cones) on hot, humid days. Housed in this plaza is the elegant Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture), which was among the sites used for “Quantum of Solace,” a 2008 James Bond film that supposedly took place in Bolivia and Haiti but was filmed in Panama. Formerly the Supreme Court building, the Instituto now houses a small theater and hosts cultural events. « less
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Ranked #18 of 67 attractions in Panama City
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Category: Bridges; Landmarks
Owner description: Spanning the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, this 5,007-foot-long arch bridge connects both North and South America and... more » Owner description: Spanning the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, this 5,007-foot-long arch bridge connects both North and South America and serves as an important part of the InterAmerican Highway. « less
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Ranked #19 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #20 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #21 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #22 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Museums
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Ranked #23 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #24 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #25 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Museums
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Ranked #26 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only work in Latin America and the tropics. The... more » Owner description: Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only work in Latin America and the tropics. The building was designed to tell the story of how the isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet's biodiversity forever. « less
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Ranked #27 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Islands; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Located in Lake Gatun, this island gets its name for the white-faced monkeys that inhabit it.
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Ranked #28 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #29 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
Owner description: First time visitors to Panama alike with it's residents, let Contadora Concierge plan the perfect custom designed experience... more » Owner description: First time visitors to Panama alike with it's residents, let Contadora Concierge plan the perfect custom designed experience for those seeking the ultimate escape. After many years of living in tourism destinations and time living here on the island, we know exactly how to arrange your time here on the island. Don't be caught by surprise and spend hours researching how to maximize your trip... that's what we're here for! Weather you are looking for a secluded getaway or a honeymoon filled with adventure, the Island of Contadora is the perfect choice! Our concierge services to include round trip transportation as well as transportation options during your time on the island, food and catering reservations, Hotel and B&B reservations, Vacation & Villa Rentals, Tour & Activities, Private Parties & Honeymoon Packages. Arriving to this welcoming, laid back island is a breeze and finding and enjoying your perfect stretch of sand won't be a problem! « less
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Ranked #30 of 67 attractions in Panama City
Category: Nature and Parks
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