A diverse multicultural city of almost 1.3 million, Panama City offers a lot more than an up-close view of the Canal. Shantytowns slink up alongside shiny high-rise condos. The Old City is an atmospheric labyrinth of churches, plazas and palaces. Fifteen miles from downtown Panama City, Soberania National Park is an excellent destination for hiking and birding. For a fascinating look at the canal, take a taxi or local bus to Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and look down on the traffic below. (source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294480-Panama_City_Panama_Province-Vacations.html)
Other than the city, the Panama Canal is a great engineering marvel to watch if you have never seen it in action.
If I were traveling to Panama, I would surely see the canal by rail, especially with the kids. What an experience and an education at the same time. Be sure to bring your Au Pair on vacation and share the cultural experience.
Panama Canal Railway
Owner description: This tour on the newly restored Panama Canal Railway, the western hemisphere’s first transcontinental railroad, follows the east bank of the canal that offers excellent views of the waterway and rainforests along its shoreline. (source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294480-d301190-Reviews-Panama_Canal_Railway-Panama_City_Panama_Province.html)
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