Panamá Province

The third most visited Emberá village in the park – and all the more interesting for that reason alone – is where you'll learn all about the history and culture of the Emberá people. Astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission – the first on the moon – learned survival techniques in the tropical forest from the people here in the 1960s.

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Nearby Panamá Province attractions

1. Ella Puru

Located within the Parque Nacional Soberanía, this Emberá indigenous community has been receiving visitors for years. You can take cultural tours, watch…

2. San Antonio

A Wounaan indigenous community that receives visitors for cultural tours, including traditional dances and rainforest walks, and also sells beautiful…

3. Parque Nacional Soberanía

12.43 MILES

This 195-sq-km national park is one of the most accessible tropical rainforests in Panama. It extends much of the way across the isthmus, from Limón on…

4. Baha’i House of Worship

12.83 MILES

On the northeastern outskirts of Panama City, the white-domed Baha’i House of Worship is the mother temple for all of Latin America. It looms like a giant…

5. Explora Center of Science & Arts

13.4 MILES

Mini travelers (and those young at heart) will love this museum dedicated to interactive learning. Six exhibition rooms explore such themes as electricity…

6. Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

14.71 MILES

Geared toward ecotourism and environmental education, this is an excellent facility for birdwatchers and nature-lovers. Since you are probably here to…

7. Cementerio Francés

14.91 MILES

This cemetery in Paraíso on the road to Gamboa about 5km north of the Pedro Miguel Locks dates from between 1880 and 1889. Though there are just 300…

8. Puente del Rey

15.12 MILES

Built in 1617, this Panamà Viejo landmark may be the oldest standing bridge in the Americas.