History buffs will enjoy the stone
ruins of 16th century Panama Viejo (Old Panama) and Casco Viejo
The Canal: The primary view of the Panama Canal
is from the visitors' platform at Miraflores Locks, where ships are
lowered to the level of the Pacific Ocean or begin their journey
through the canal by being raised in two stages.
San Blas Islands: Inhabited for centuries by
the Kuna Indians, known for the colorful mola appliques they wear
and sell, the islands also offer swimming off white-sand beaches
and snorkeling along coral reefs.
Chiriqui Province: David is the city gateway to
the highlands where orchids grow in profusion and visitors come to
hike, fish or go horseback riding.
Darien Jungle: Travelers can take a dugout
canoe ride to visit the Chochoe-Embera Indians on the jungle's
edge; those in tiptop condition can hike across the Darien between
the Pacific and the Caribbean.Panama Fast FactsCapital city: Panama CityArea: 29,856 square miles (approximate size of
South Carolina)Population: 2.7 millionLanguage: Spanish; English widely spokenEntry documents: Valid passport, tourist card
issued on arrival ($2)Currency: BalboaLocal time: Eastern Standard (Greenwich Mean
Time -5)International phone code: 507Recommended guidebook: Panama by Scott
Doggett, Lonely PlanetInformation: Panama Tourism Bureau: (800) 557-0017, in Miami