Panama City, Where the Worlds Meet

Our country is known as the place where worlds meet. Its capital, Panama City, is a living proof of this. Experience high-contrast cultural encounters in every corner of the city and discover how the modern world and its historical past converge to create a destination like no other. 

To learn about its history, you should start with the Panamá Viejo archeological site: the first capital. The city was founded by the Spaniards, specifically, by soldier and administrator Pedro Arias Dávila on August 15, 1519, over 500 years ago. This is a city that, on January 28, 1671, a century and a half later, was destroyed and sacked by more than 400 men, under the command of Pirate Henry Morgan. 

During your visit, you will be able to walk through its ruins and visit its archaeological museum. You will travel back in time when you stand on its 30-meter (98-foot) stone tower and see the modern city through its windows.

A Journey to the Past

A Journey to the Past

After pirate Morgan's attack, the colonial authorities of the time decide not to rebuild the city.


Instead, they moved part of the structure to a new city, what is now known as Casco Antiguo. Both cities form a historic circuit, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Explore the City

Explore the City

Be sure to walk along the Cinta Costera to enjoy the Bay of Panama and the impressive skyline of the city.

8 Must-see Museums in Panama City

Panama City is a unique capital city. Throughout its history it has welcomed people from all over the world, who have integrated and are now an indispensable part of its DNA. Visit museums and cultural centers to soak up this mosaic of ethnicities and identities, and learn about our history and who forged it. Visit the historic circuit formed by Panama Vieja and Casco Antiguo -declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO- and also learn about the religions that coexist here in peace.

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