Panama City: A mix of old and new

There’s more to Panama City than the canal. Yes, honest.

Panama City

Panama City

There’s a cute wee old town with colonial buildings, some that aren’t falling down and some with flowers. It also has a few pretty churches, markets and cafes.

Church in Panama City

Church in Panama City

Speaking of cafes, there were a few healthy options that weren’t too pricy. My picks are Whole foods (not the supermarket chain) and Dodo Bon Pan Cafe where I ate the same delicious salad two nights in a row! It was the first time I’d eaten so many fresh vegetables since my bouts of parasites a few months ago and it was great!

Salad from Dodo Cafe

Salad from Dodo Cafe

Then I’ve course there is the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal from Ancon Hill

Panama Canal from Ancon Hill

I opted to hike up Ancon Hill for a free view over the city and canal. With a few others I met we did visit the actual canal up close… but we weren’t quite willing to pay for the view, so wandered around it instead.

View of the Old Town from Ancon Hill

View of the Old Town from Ancon Hill

Frog up Ancon Hill

Frog up Ancon Hill

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Panama City definitely isn’t a ‘hot spot’ to visit, but as a transition point, one night and two days was a good amount of time to see a few bits and get in a few decent meals.

Since I only had a 72 hour transit visa from the boat trip to Panama, it was time to skip out quick fast on an overnight bus (finally the last one of this trip) to Costa Rica!

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