Panama Canal Ports
The multicultural metropolis that is Panama City is the capital of Panama and a must-see destination during a cruise along the Panama Canal. The city is populated with a diverse mix of friendly locals, and while Spanish is the region's main language, a plethora of cultures and dialects can be found all over the city.
The Panama Canal is one the region's main attractions, but elsewhere travellers with an interest in the area's history and culture will enjoy a trip to Casco Viejo and Panama Viejo – the city's historic districts – where a number of colonial buildings, ancient ruins and wonderful museums are located. For scenic views of the city, head to the Amador Causeway, as it offers incredible panoramas across the local landscape.
Located close to Panama City, Balboa is separated from Panama's capital by Cerro Ancon – or Ancon Hill – which is also one of the region's most popular natural landmarks. A hike up Ancon Hill is a fantastic way to appreciate the native flora and fauna and enjoy spectacular views across Balboa and Panama City.
Make sure to try a local restaurant, where authentic cuisine is regularly served, or drink in a local bar to try a delicious cocktail. Although much of the area consists of administrative building, the views of Balboa's skyline and waterfront are nothing short of stunning.
The city of Colon in central Panama is a hotbed for local culture and traditional architecture, and a trip to the area will be rewarded within a fascinating insight into the nation's culture and heritage. With plenty of places to try authentic local cuisine and shop for souvenirs – especially at Colon 2000 – Colon is a marvellous port on the Panama Canal.
The city also boasts a collection of historic monuments and buildings, well worth visiting, including Columbus Cathedral, the Christopher Columbus Statue, the Shell Monument, the Aspinwall Monument and the Monument of the Student's Revolution.