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Unveiling Panama City: Five things to do on your trip to Central America

With nonstop flights from TPA to Panama City aboard Copa Airlines becoming daily in June, here's a look at what you can visit in the capital of Panama.

Embark on a journey to Panama City, Panama, where the Atlantic meets the Pacific and a vibrant culture blends seamlessly with a tropical paradise. Copa Airlines currently offers convenient nonstop flights from TPA to Tocumen International Airport six days a week and will increase service to daily on June 15, 2024. Here are five must-visit attractions that promise an unforgettable experience as you explore this enchanting city.

1) Casco Viejo: Wander through narrow cobblestone streets lined with colorful buildings in Casco Viejo, Panama City's historic old town. Discover the rich heritage of this city as you visit landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Plaza de la Independencia. While you're there, unwind at charming cafes and savor the local delicacies that makes Casco Viejo a true cultural gem.

2) Panama Canal Miraflores Locks: A visit to Panama City wouldn't be complete without witnessing the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal. Head to the Miraflores Visitor Center, where you can marvel at massive ships passing through the canal's intricate system of locks. The center offers an IMAX production that provides a glimpse into the significance of this iconic waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific.

3) Metropolitan Natural Park: Escape the hustle and bustle to find tranquility at Metropolitan Natural Park, an unexpected oasis within the city. Lace up those hiking shoes and explore diverse flora and fauna on hiking trails that provide a perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts. After reaching the park's summit, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the city. 

4) Biomuseo: Immerse yourself in the wonders of Panama's biodiversity at the Biomuseo. Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, this museum showcases the country's ecological richness. Explore interactive exhibits that highlight the interconnectedness of ecosystems that showcase Panama's role as a bridge between North and South America. It's a spot that offers a captivating journey through the evolution of the region's wildlife and is an experience not to be missed. 

5) Ancon Hill: Conclude your Panama City adventure with an evening visit to Ancon Hill, another spot offering amazing views of the city.  Those who hike to the summit (which takes about 30 minutes) will see the city skyline and the Pacific Ocean. As the sun sets and the city lights begin to glow, it will provide the perfect backdrop to reflect on your memorable journey. 

Intrigued by the allure of Panama City? With Copa Airlines operating nonstop flights from TPA, add an adventure to this Central American country to your 2024 travel list. To book your flight now, click here