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Panama City’s Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of winding cobblestone streets, colonial architecture and colourful houses. Quiet during the day, it comes alive in the evenings with lots of restaurants and pop up bars – excellent for people watching. Indulge in fresh ceviche overlooking the bustling fish market, Mercado de Mariscos, then head to a rooftop bar to sip on rum cocktails and listen to live music.
There’s also plenty to discover if you venture outside of Casco Viejo’s walls. Watch vessels transit through the world-famous Panama Canal. For an inside look at the lives of one of Panama’s 7 recognised tribes, drive into the jungle to visit a local Embera village on the Chagres River. Or spend an afternoon
Las Clementinas is a short drive from Tocumen International Airport (25 minutes with no traffic and up to 1 hour 20 minutes at rush hour). There are international flights to Panama City from other Latin American countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Panama has two seasons, dry and wet. However, its position, near the equator and outside the hurricane belt, means that temperatures don’t vary drastically from month to month.
The dry season (mid-December to April) is the best time for hikes, beaches and festivals. While the wet season (May to mid-December) is great for whale watching, surfing and national celebrations.