Panama City is the capital of the Republic of Panama and the southern entrance to the Panama Canal. Panama City is located on the Pacific Ocean and is the economic and financial center of the republic. Panama City in the country itself is always referred to only as Panama. Panama City is easily accessible from the entire American continent well. For most countries, there are daily direct flights to Panama City. Offer from Europe, both Iberia (from Madrid) and KLM at (from Amsterdam), a direct flight. If you are already in Panama, the city from across the country by bus or by plane can be achieved.
The international airport in Panama City, Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen ( IATA : PTY ) is located at Tocumen, about 24 km east of the center. A taxi to the center currently costs $ 25 (fixed price). There is also a bus that takes much longer course than the taxi, but costs only $ 2. The airport is very modern and spotless. The Panamanian airline Copa Air utilizes the airport as a hub for flights to many cities in South, Central and North America.
The domestic airport, Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert, located at the former U.S. military base at Albrook. From this airport, irregular public buses to the central bus station (Terminal de Albrook), from where connections to downtown. A taxi costs about 3 dollars. Flights to Panama City are there from all regional airports in Panama. If you look at the Isla Contadora is, the airplane, the only way to get to Panama City.
The only railway line in all of Panama connects Panama City and Colon each other. The single ticket costs $ 22, the round-trip ticket $ 35. The train journey is very interesting to tourists, the trip takes you directly along the canal and in part by dense jungle. The train in each direction only once, at 7:30 am from Panama to Colon, and at 17:15 from Colon to Panama. The trip takes about an hour. Before the car is standing half open compartment without seats and windows can be photographed in the well.
Panama City is by all regions in Panama approached several times a day. The Albrook bus terminal, where buses arrive from all over Panama and drive away, located just outside the center, but is easily accessible by bus and taxi.
Panama City is located on the Inter-America and is accessible by car very well. If you travel by car to Panama City, you should absolutely find a hotel with secure parking.
Through the channel, the waterway to Panama City is very important. For many cruise ships a trip through the Panama Canal is one of the highlights. For connecting Panama City with the rest of the country really is the only ferry between Isla Taboga and the capital interest. The trip takes about an hour and costs $ 5 ($ 8 round-trip ticket).
The easiest way to get around the city is by taxi. Taxis in Panama are not very expensive and tourists are not usually taken for a ride, where you pay without sufficient knowledge of Spanish but often “premium prices” to the locals. A trip within the center should cost no more than one or two dollars. With several people and in the evening / night time surcharges are common. Prices should always be negotiated before driving if possible. If one occurs, the price is too high, you should leave the zone panel show. The city is in fact divided into zones, and the fare will be charged to those areas. Meter does not exist. Caution is advised when taxis waiting in front of higher category hotels and shopping centers. Of these, often utopian drive retail rate.
There are in Panama City, also a very good bus system. It take a lot of buses, regularly in the various directions. The starting and ending points of the bus are always on the windshield. Nevertheless, it is not for tourists to see through more easily, which bus is right. A trip within the city usually costs 25 cents. Is normally paid when boarding in a few cases when exiting. Payment should be made where possible or appropriate with small bills, since the rare drivers have enough change. Caution with use of the buses is particularly necessary in the evenings, as there are more at these times comes to robberies. The same is generally true for the holiday season.
If you plan to drive around town in Panama with a car, so you should definitely bring good nerves. The streets in the city are constantly clogged and the horn is one of the favorite pastimes of the Panamanians. It comes in the city also repeated accidents. If you are involved in an accident, you have to call in any case the police! The damaged vehicles should not be moved until the police arrive.
Casco Viejo is the historic center of Panama City was founded in 2003 as a UNESCO world heritage site declared. There are many attractions in a relatively small space. Many churches and museums are located here. You should visit Casco Viejo, but only during the day. In the evening it can be dangerous. Also on the day you should omit gloomy streets.
Parque Natural Metropolitano , this park is located in Panama City and is an oasis of calm. The park is 256 hectares and provides a protected habitat for many animals. With a little luck you can spot monkeys, sloths, anteaters, armadillos, iguanas and more. There are three short walks through the park entrance fee is $ 2. By appointment, groups can also book a guided tour through the park.
Panamá la Vieja is the predecessor of the modern settlement of Panama. It lies with the district of Panamá Viejo to the coast a few miles east of the modern city center. Founded in 1519 the city was destroyed in 1671 by the English pirate Henry Morgan and then largely abandoned. Cathedral, several churches and monasteries of the ancient city have been preserved in impressive ruins and give an impressive picture of a colonial city. A museum of the foundation “Patronato Panama Viejo” next to the ruined city is an outline of the history and importance of the city, who played for the Spanish Conquest in South America (Inca Empire) play a central role. In the museum numerous archaeological finds are shown, from the excavations of Patrontao (In recent years partly in cooperation with the University of Tübingen) and which show the everyday life in the city. Current information see:
The Miraflores locks (Miraflores de Esclusas) located a few kilometers outside the city center, near the former U.S. military base at Fort Clayton. At the lock on a visitor’s center there is an exhibition for the construction and operation of the canal. On the roof there is a viewing platform from which the course of the canal and the locks can be seen. The locks are by bus (first stop after the entrance to the campus of Ciudad del Saber, then walk about 500 meters) or by taxi. More information is available at the administration of the Panama Canal .
In the center of the city it’s in Panama City, at any time of day rather hectic and loud. Nevertheless, one can find in the city, or in close proximity and tranquility. But the tour of the city is still the main activity. For athletic activities, they will usually leave the city. Exceptions are the beaches on the outskirts, but these are usually paid for and much more unkempt than beaches outside the city. Even a walk through the Parque Natural Metropolitano, is certainly a good way even distance from the bustle of the city to find.
Since Panama City is the largest city in the country, there is also the best opportunities for shopping. The most popular shopping streets are Via España and Avenida Central . For tourists, the Via España is a little better because it’s like minor. On the Avenida Central cavort many street vendors, is offered here in any case, caution is always pickpockets mingle with the crowd. Food you get in all districts. Some supermarkets, such as the Rey supermarket on Via España, also open 24 hours.
The highest concentration of bars and discos can be found on Calle Uruguay and along the Calzada de Amador (Causeway). The prices for admission and drinks there are some on the German level. Women often have free admission on Thursdays. In some clubs there is the opportunity to put your name on the guest list, which reduces significantly the occurrence. At least on Fridays and Saturdays, the bars and discos do not usually fill ago 1 clock. Anyone who wants to avoid long queues should nevertheless come a little earlier.
Sahara : large pub / bar in one of the side streets of Calle Uruguay. Nice patio. Rock is mostly played in the late evening hours (2-3 Clock) for the weekend partly to live. Admission on weekends $ 5, $ 2.50 domestic beer.
Mood’s Bar : A bar across the Sahara, in the first Stock over the same disco. Changing music, mostly Latin American. No entry fee, $ 1.50 domestic beer.
S6is : Relative small disco with a nice warm interior, right on Calle Uruguay. Querbeet music, but with a focus on Latin America. Depending on time of admission $ 5 to $ 15, about $ 3 beer, bottle of vodka with juice approximately $ 40 With a flyer which gives it include the Thrifty Car Rental, you get free admission until 23.30 clock.
Guru : Large and currently most popular disco. The guru is in one of the rear side streets of Calle Uruguay. It is played mainly house. Upscale audience, and therefore such prices. Admission $ 15, beer $ 4, $ bottle of vodka with juice 50th
Zona Vida : At the beginning of the Calzada Amador (Causeway), behind the Figali Convention Center is currently being built a street party. As of March 2009 there were two bars, a karaoke bar and a disco. Generally, no admission, but not cheap (about $ 2.50 to 3 beer).
Lum’s restaurant and bar, located in the Diablo area (near the national airport Marcos A. Gelabert, and the railway station towards Colón) in an old airplane hanger. Fridays live rock music. Admission about $ 5 (incl. one drink), beer about $ 2 Many American visitors. Beware of the taxis right outside the door, they are usually totally overpriced!
Most accommodations are there in the districts of El Cangrejo and La Exposición. Most tourists prefer accommodation in El Cangrejo, since the area is relatively safe. Accommodation in Casco Viejo are rented very often even hourly, are often dirty and the area is very unsafe, especially at night.
Located in the center (Area Bancaria / El Cangrejo) located Backpackers Hostel in German-Panamanian-line. Dormitorio price from $ 9; double room price from $ 13th Very safe area, 24 hour supermarket, Studentenreisebuero, banks, bars, restaurants and bus stop (all directions) within a radius of 300 meters. Free Internet access, nice garden, free coffee, information on tours to the San Blas islands, information about boats to Cartagena / Colombia. Very quiet as a dead end!
Voyager International Hostel , Calle MariaIcaza, Lido di-8th Building, Telephone number: 260-5913. The Voyager is a popular meeting place and a hostel for backpackers. A pre-booking (via the website possible) is recommended here absolutely. The hostel is conveniently located close to Via España. The price in the dorms (mostly sleeps 6) is 8 dollars including breakfast and internet usage. A double room costs $ 17. If you are looking at the night’s rest, but should choose other accommodations. The hostel is located on a busy street and even at night it is very loud.
Marparaiso Hotel , Calle 34 Este, telephone number: 227-6767. This hotel is relatively cheap and offers reasonable comfort. A single room costs $ 20, $ 25 a double room. The rooms are air conditioned and there is a guarded parking lot.
Above all, the business and banking district of El Cangrejo is also a very safe district for tourists. Here you can move around without problems. But there are some unsafe areas, unfortunately, this includes the touristy very interesting old town (Casco Viejo or San Felipe). Here one should not move away from the much-frequented roads. It is best to have it plotted on a map are the tourist track. Dark, low-traffic streets should you prefer to avoid. The presence of tourist police has reduced the number of robberies while, but be careful. This applies in particular to the area of El Chorillo, adjacent to the Casco Viejo.
According to locals it will be associated with more frequent trips to so-called taxi Expresskidnappings where passengers drove to the nearest ATM and forced to withdraw money using their credit card. One should therefore – particularly in the evening – avoid taxis, passengers already seated where. Generally of high Kriminilatät, including many attacks, marked the Christmas season. This is particularly true on public buses. After dark, you should sit down for safety reasons, either in the front rows or generally use only taxis.
A problem, especially in the carnival and big events are pickpockets. It is advisable to carry the money bag just in the front pockets and always lead to only a photocopy of your passport with you. This generally will accept without objection to police checks.