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Ciudad De Panama Travel Guide, Panama

Panama is a country that people of many nationalities have made their home. The capital, Ciudad de Panamá, is a multicultural and multinational city, harmoniously diverse, and a gold-mine for tourists who are looking for quality entertainment and are willing to discover a fascinating and unique society. The old quarter of the city, Casco Viejo, has many interesting sights that recall the city’s history, and the newer neighborhoods offer lively entertainment and posh shopping areas. This Ciudad de Panamá Travel Guide will tell you all you need to know before planning your holiday to this exotic city.

Ciudad de Panamá Travel Guide - Transport

If you decide to travel by plane, you can land at two different airports depending on where you’re coming from. If your starting point is in another country, you can arrive at Tocumen international Airport, just 25 kilometers from the city. This is one of South America’s busiest airports, and it operates airlines between Ciudad de Panamá and major airports in the US, numerous South American airports such as Santiago, Caracas or Sao Paolo, and even a couple of European destinations such as Madrid and Amsterdam. If you are already in Panama, you can also get to Ciudad de Panamá by plane.

Gelabert Airport, located in the city, operates domestic flights to and from many cities in the country, for example Cartagena and Bogota. You can reach Ciudad de Panamá by train only via Colon, and although the train ride takes longer than a flight, you can admire the country’s rainforests and the Panama Canal. The cheapest and easiest way to get to Ciudad de Panamá is by bus. The national bus company’s services are very good, and the city has the one of the most modern bus stations in South America. The bus terminal is conveniently located in the city centre and there are daily domestic services, as well as several international lines.

The city is quite large, and although you can take a stroll in the city centre, you will need to take the bus or a taxi to reach the more remote neighborhoods.

Ciudad de Panamá Travel Guide - Accommodation

Jungla House Hostel and B & B is the perfect place to stay for backpackers as well as budget travelers. The hostel has clean and affordable rooms, as well as private rooms. There are several free facilities such as wireless internet, communal kitchen and a large living room where you can socialize with fellow travelers. A similar hostel, located right in the city centre, is Zuly's Backpackers. Las Vegas Hotel is a great mid-range hotel with nicely furnished, comfortable rooms. The establishment has an excellent Italian restaurant, and it is located close to the main tourist attractions in the city centre. If you want to splurge, this Ciudad de Panamá Travel Guide recommends the Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort, a luxury hotel with the best possible facilities, like a spa, Turkish baths, sauna and an excellent restaurant specialized in seafood.

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