The Canal and Central Panama Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Canal and Central Panama - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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El Valle de Anton 8

Isla Contadora 7

Portobelo 5

Colon 4

Isla Taboga 2

San Lorenzo Protected Area 2

Isla Barro Colorado 2

The Panama Canal 2

Parque Nacional Soberania 1

Playa Santa Clara 1

Parque Nacional Chagres (Chagres National Park) 1

Lago Gatun (Gatun Lake) 1

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  • Garden/Arboretum

Orchid enthusiasts will want to check out this small botanical garden run by a local organization dedicated to orchids. They have more...

Colón 2000

  • Neighborhood/Street

Two blocks from the Zona Libre is the city's cruise-ship port, Colón 2000, which is basically a two-story strip mall next to the dock...

El Nispero

  • Zoo/Aquarium

El Nispero (named after a native fruit tree) is a private zoo and plant nursery hidden at the end of a rough dirt road. It covers nearly...

Esclusas de Gatún

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

Twelve kilometers (7 miles) south of Colón are the Esclusas de Gatún, a triple-lock complex that's nearly a mile long and raises and...

Fuerte San Lorenzo

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Perched on a cliff overlooking the mouth of the Chagres River are the ruins of the ancient Spanish Fuerte San Lorenzo, destroyed by pirate...

Iglesia de San Felipe

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

One block east of Real Aduana is the Iglesia de San Felipe, a large white church dating from 1814 that's home to the country's most venerated...

Iglesia de San José

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Ell Valle's town center is basically the area west of the market, where you will find the library and the town church, Iglesia de San...

Isla Barro Colorado

  • Island

The Isla Barro Colorado reserve is home for more than 400 species of birds, 225 ant species, and 122 mammal species, including collared...

Isla Mogo Mogo

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Isla Mogo Mogo, 6 km (4 miles) south of Contadora, on the other side of Isla Chapera, has a sugar-sand beach in a deep cove where snorkelers...

Isla Pacheca

  • Island

Isla Pacheca, 5 km (3 miles) north of Contadora, has a lovely white-sand beach and a brown pelican rookery where about 8,000 birds nest,...