Updated: Aug 8, 2022
Join us on a trip that will allow you to indulge your taste buds with flavor and enrich your life, Dec 15 - 19, 2022. Panama City, Panama, delivers a combination of relaxation and a lively experience for its tourists. Link to book your reservations below.
The rich history of Panama City starts on August 15, 1519, when it was founded by Pedro Arias de Ávila, also known as Pedrarias Dávila. After Spanish conquests and fallen empires, Panama City eventually established itself as an independent country with a diverse population.
Here are 3 reasons why you need to visit Panama City:
Culture Panama has a large population of those of African descent. Many of their ancestors were brought over as slaves during the 1500s or arrived as canal workers in the early 1900s.
The influence of West Africa and the Antilles has left its mark on Panamanian culture, including the architecture, food, music, and traditions.
Congo dances and music are part of the cultural legacies brought to Panama during colonial times.
The theatrical performances often share stories through the singing of a choir of women that share life struggles and humor.
The Embera community (about 45 minutes from Panama City) also shares its ancestral music while showcasing beautiful indigenous artwork such as woodcarvings and pottery. While the music and art are something to admire about the Panamanian culture, it is the food that completes the immersive experience.
The national dish of Panama is sancocho, which can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
This comfort dish is made with a blend of chicken, root vegetables, and corn served in a broth. It is also known to be a hangover cure.
Other specialties in Panama City include ceviche, tamales, and Patacones de plátano.
Afro-Panamanian cuisine is a wonderful mixture of African and Spanish foods and flavors. One will often find dishes that include the staples of crabs, root vegetables, and coconut.
Spice and heat are no strangers to the dishes of Panama City. Aji Chombo, or “Black man’s pepper,” is a popular condiment in Panama. It is a pepper sauce made from scotch bonnet peppers, which was originally brought over by Caribbean immigrants working on the Panama Canal.
Once you have filled up on amazing Panamanian cuisine, it is time to walk around and do some sightseeing.
While many people will have the Panama Canal at the top of their list, there are a few other unique places to visit in PCP.
Panama Viejo is an architectural landmark. The stone church tower, crumbling walls, and leafy park are the final remains of the original colony. Take a small step into history with this visit as you walk around stonework from the 1500s.
Another architectural landmark is the Amador Causeway. While it is essentially a thin strip of land that jugs into the Panama Bay, it also connects downtown Panama City to the Amador Islands. This strip was created with the rocks that came from the excavations of the Panama Canal.
It is now a destination for lunch-goers and those looking for a great ocean view and city.
Panama City also offers nature lovers several national parks and a rainforest resort with a butterfly farm and boat tours.
A trip to Panama City can be so much more than just beautiful beaches. It is a city that is diverse in culture and experiences. It is definitely worth making a trip there soon.