Culture and History

Panama connects the world, and not only because it’s the bridge between North and South America. For centuries Panama has been a crossroads for humanity and a meeting point for peoples, goods and ideas. Settled thousands of years ago by ancient civilizations, the land that has become modern-day Panama boasts a rich mosaic of cultural diversity where indigenous roots meet African heritage and Spanish influence. It is also a place that many travelers have passed through for hundreds of years.

A visit to Panama will not only expose you to some of the oldest colonial relics in this part of the world—including the oldest Spanish fort and the first European settlement in the Pacific—but, you’ll also get the chance to see the burial grounds of an ancient civilization that once lived in the area at the ongoing excavation site, known as El Caño Archaeological Park.

Aside from the rich history of the land, Panama is home to 7 different thriving indigenous communities, two of which—the Guna and the Emberá—can easily be visited by tourists eager to learn more about their well-preserved traditions and unique cosmogenic views. Visitors can explore Panama’s Congo culture in places like Portobelo, as well as the unique gastronomy of Panama’s Afro-Carribean community. In the central provinces of Los Santos and Herrera, you’ll get to learn about the traditional folklore and Panamanian customs including the pollera, cutarras and diablicos.

Indigenous Communities

Learn about tradition and nature through the eyes of Panama’s 7 indigenous communities. Most...

Casco Antiguo

Experience the historical, charming and vibrant neighborhood of Panama City’s historic...

Portobelo

In the north of Panama, on the beautiful blue shores of the Caribbean, you’ll find a small...

San Lorenzo

Located near the mouth of the Chagres River, the remains of the mighty Fort San Lorenzo stand...

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Top Attractions

Panama is a unique country that rewards exploration, bringing together countless sights and...

Panama Canal

Arguably the most famous attraction in Panama is the Panama Canal. As one of the 7 Wonders of the...

Gastronomy & Cuisine

Foodie or not, you’ll want to experience the uniquely Panamanian cuisine, comprising flavors,...

Nightlife

Panama’s nightlife mainly takes place in two sectors of the city: the Business District in...