While visitors to Panama may come for the Panama Canal, they stay for everything else. Find Out What to do in Panama
Known as the “Crossroads of the Americas,” Panama is not only the geographical point where North America meets South America but also where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet in the country’s famed canal.
More highly developed than neighbouring Central American countries, Panama enjoys a modern infrastructure, making travel through the tropical paradise easy and convenient.
Here are some of the top tourist attractions within easy traveling distance of Panama City that are well-worth visiting:
Portobelo, which means beautiful port, was discovered and named by Christopher Columbus in 1502. Its official name, San Felipe de Portobelo, was given in honor of King Phillip II of Spain. At the time of the Spanish colonies, it was accessible only by launch and was the port of entry and exit for all of South America. The merchandise was exchanged in the form of a 30 to 60 days-fair once a year, period in which the city suffered from constant pirates and buccaneers’ attacks, including the famous Drake, Morgan and Hawkins.
Portobelo can be reached by car from Panama City through the Transisthmic Highway in approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Visiting the historical monuments is a must in Portobelo; in 1980 the whole colonial structure, including the sea fort, was declared a World Cultural Heritage Monument by UNESCO.
El Valle, Panama
El Valle is one of the most special destinations, and It should be on your What to do in Panama list. Only two hours away from Panama City, it is also a perfect weekend escape from Panama’s lowland heat! El Valle is a fertile volcanic valley filled with bright flowers, square trees and golden frogs.
Fort San Lorenzo
Fort San Lorenzo has a rich history of gold, pirates, pillage and finally decay. The remains of the fort are located at the mouth of the Chagres River on the Atlantic side of Panama in what used to be the Panama Canal Zone. The fort was built 1761 and has played an important part Spain’s gold coast in what became Panama. In the ruins that are standing today, you can see stone wall batteries, cannons, observation buildings, an impressive view of the Chagres River and more.
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