48 hours in Panama City, Panama

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Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital is Panama City. On a 2012 poll, it was reported that Panama City was the city with the happiest people in the world. Panama is today recognized as “The Hub of The Americas”. No other country in Central America has highly developed urban areas and dense tropical jungles at such close distance as Panama. Its capital, Panama City, is the most cosmopolitan city in Central America and is considered to be a great place for international business. Not only does it boast a modern architecture with a multitude of breathtaking skyscrapers, but it also offers beautiful Colonial Spanish ruins and historic sites.


 

Day 1

Panama Canal – Miraflores Locks: The Panama Canal the 8th Wonder of the World! The 50-winding-mile waterway that saves ships from travelling 7,900 miles around South America. And while visiting Miraflores Locks, we can not only see the ships as close as 50 feet away, but we can lunch nearby… & also have a view of where the new set of larger locks are to be built in the horizon.

Casco Antiguo: A little historical briefing before entering the “Casco Viejo” (Old Colonial Quarters). The Capital of the Republic of Panama, Panama City is known as having, “3-Cities-in-1”. The City of Old Panama (the first City established on the Pacific side of the Continent), was established in 1519 (40+ years before St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States). Old Panama was destroyed in JAN1671 (which was 105 years prior to the 4th. of July, 1776).
Lunch at BRIO Brasserie

Multiplaza Pacific Mall: Under one roof with 60 000 m2 of commercial space, you’ll find everything you want, about 280 establishments including department stores and luxury and modern cinemas and more than 47 restaurants and cafes are open here to please all tastes and budgets.

Amador Causeway: Built by Americans in the early 20th century with rock dug out of the canal, the breakwater was heavily fortified from 1911 though World War II. But by the 1960s, Amador resembled a gated community for the U.S. Army serving in the Canal Zone with a yacht club, golf course, baseball field and bathing beach.

Dinner at Ginger Restaurant, Sushi Bar & Lounge

After Dark:

Casco Antiguo Bars, Pubs and Clubs: The streets of Casco Viejo have a lot to offer. Whether you’re searching for the perfect Mojito, a cup of the world’s best Panamanian coffee, or want to dance the night away to live Salsa… the cobblestone streets of Casco have you covered. Panama’s local rums and beers are not to be missed at these watering holes.

 

Day 2

Contadora Island: Today, the old mansions of the “Counting Island” are owned by the international glitterati, who come to enjoy upscale dining and shopping options; snorkeling, diving, and kayaking off a dozen gorgeous beaches (including Panama’s only clothing-optional playa); and hiking into the orchid-strewn highlands. Its easy access to the mainland and archipelago make it a great base for exploring paradise.The island of Contadora is located at the accessible northern tip of the Pearl Islands, close to the capital. While it’s certainly possible to book a boat, it’s cheaper and easier to go by plane; several flights leave Panama City daily.

Gamboa Rainforest – Embera Tour: Gamboa is home to caymans, crocodiles, iguanas, and several hundred bird species. Given its location at the “end of the road” and the single road connecting it to the rest of the Canal Zone, Gamboa is adjacent to significant tracts of relatively undisturbed rainforest.

Lunch within the tour.

Summit Botanical Garden: This is a 250 hectares park that is inside the Soberania Park. This park is only 20 minutes away from Panama City on the Gaillard road to Gamboa. It was founded in 1923 when the former Canal Company established the Summit Experimental Farm for the research of the tropical flora of Panama.
Nowadays SUMMIT is a Zoo and a Botanical Garden with more than 15,000 different exotic plants and animals that are considered to be endangered species. The latest projects include the breeding in captivity of the Harpy Eagle (Harpia Harpyja), Panama’s national bird and the Tapir

Albrook Outlet Mall: Albrook Mall is the largest Mall in the region, complete, fun and family where you can find everything you need and more.
With bright colors, decorations of exotic animals, balloons, heraldic flags of Panamanian families, environmental music and Italian carousel, create a magical atmosphere for family entertainment.
The Mall offer more than 750 shops, Valet Parking service, supermarket, cinemas, pharmacies, trains for transportation of adults and children, more than 100 restaurants divided in 3 Food Courts (terraces, carousel and Magic Zone), Casino and lots of fun.

Dinner at Ginger Restaurant, Sushi Bar & Lounge.

After Dark:

Uruguay Street Bars, Pubs and Clubs: Panama City Nightlife is by far some of the best nightlife that Central America has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a trendy club or a local dive bar, you will find it all in the Panama City Bar and Club Scene. If you’re looking for a good club, Calle Uruguay is definitely the best spot

Insider’s tips

Waldorf Astoria Panama: Stay at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Panama hotel, located in the trendy Calle Uruguay section, only ten minutes from the historic Panama Canal and less than 15 minutes from the International Airport.

 

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