Panama City, with its beautiful coral atolls, museums, parks, zoos and colourful neighbourhoods, makes for a delightful tourist getaway. The many attractions here can often confound visitors, making it hard for them to decide what to see and what to do. We thought about short-listing top three of the all-time favourite attractions in the city. Here, check out these attractions.
An epic man-made marvel, Panama Canal is undoubtedly Panama City’s most fascinating and popular tourist attraction. This 80-kilometre ship canal connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The best way to explore the diversified beauty of this canal is to go on a cruise here. Miraflores Visitors Centre is an interesting attraction of the canal that houses four giant halls. Each of these halls showcases artefacts from the canal’s construction days and also its marine ecology. A nearby restaurant serves delicious snacks and offers excellent views of the canal.
Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo
Situated in the Soberania National Park (20 minutes from downtown Panama City), the Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo is home to over 15,000 plant species and a diverse wildlife. The popular wildlife attractions of the zoo, such as jaguars, tapirs, monkeys and scarlet macaws, are housed in their recreated natural habitats. The zoo’s most prized exhibit is the Harpy Eagle – world’s largest bird of prey. Summit is another highly popular attraction that’s loved for its remarkable collection of palm trees.
Religious Colonial Art Museum
Dating back to the 18th century, the Religious Colonial Art Museum is located in the former St. Dominic of Guzman’s Chapel. The museum houses an interesting array of colonial-era artefacts such as paintings, sculptures, and sacred relics finely crafted from bone and silver. The marvellous gold altar remains the star highlight of this popular art museum. Temporary exhibits are also displayed, and some of the most famous ones so far have been the Jesus Resuscitated, Pelican, and the Virgin of Perpetual Aid. Besides the exhibits, the old building in itself is of great architectural and historical interest.