Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Panama City

BioMuseo

Celebrating Panama as the land bridge that has permitted astonishing biodiversity in the region, this museum is a visual feast. World-renowned architect Frank Gehry, who created the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Spai…
Top Choice Park in Isla Bastimentos

Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos

Established in 1988, this 132-sq-km marine park was Panama's first. Protecting 130 islands of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, including the coral-fringed Cayos Zapatillas, and the wetlands in the center of Isla Bast…
Top Choice Workshop in Parita

Dario López

One of Panama's top artisans, Dario López has been making colorful masks for folkloric dancers since the 1960s. While he continues to create masks and satin costumes worn by dirty-devil dancers, these days most are …
Top Choice Museum in Panama City

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

This wonderful privately owned museum features the best collection of Panamanian art anywhere, an excellent collection of works on paper by Latin American artists, and the occasional temporary exhibition by a foreig…
Top Choice Workshop in Volcán

Arte Cruz

On the west (left) side of Hwy 41, some 3.5km south of Volcán, you’ll spot this workshop where master carver and artist José de la Cruz González makes and sells exquisite signs, sculptures and furniture in mahogany …
Park in Around Parque Nacional Soberanía

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Geared towards ecotourism and environmental education, this is an excellent facility for birdwatchers and nature-lovers. Since you are probably here to watch wildlife, it’s worth making an effort to roll out of bed …
Museum in Panama Canal

Miraflores Visitors Center

The easiest and best way to visit the Panama Canal is to head to the Miraflores Visitors Center, located just outside Panama City. This modern visitors center features a large four-floor interactive museum, several …
Gardens in Bocas del Toro Town

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

One of the joys of visiting Bocas is touring the 'Monkey Farm' botanical garden a couple of kilometers northwest of the center. Painstakingly carved out of 10 hectares of secondary rainforest over almost two decades…
Ruins in Panama City

Panamá Viejo

Founded on August 15, 1519, by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias de Ávila, the city of Panamá was the first European settlement along the Pacific. For 150 years it flourished as Spain exported Peruvian gold and silve…
Canal in Colón Province

Gatún Locks

The Gatún Locks, 10km south of Colón, raise southbound ships 29.5m from Caribbean waters to Lago Gatún. Just the size of them is mind-boggling. In The Path Between the Seas, David McCullough notes that if stood on i…