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  • Teba Siles | May 25, 2015 11:00 AM ET

    Panama in 48 Hours

    Panama in 48 Hours

    As the Extremadura explorer Vasco Nunez Balboa who discovered the Isthmus of Panama in the sixteenth century, BlueBay Hotels & Resorts surprises its guest, with a dense but complete schedule, that allows you to visit the city that separates the Caribbean from the Pacific and joins the two Americas.

    8 a.m. First Morning: The early bird ...

    Located just 12 miles from the Tocumen airport, the hotel BlueBay City Panama is located in the center of the business and shopping districts. Strategically located, it offers easy access to start your Panamanian adventure. The hotel offers elegance, exceptional service and amenities that you would expect from a first-class hotel, so nothing better than relaxing to prepare for a long day and gather strength with a good breakfast in its facilities.

    10 a.m. Plaza de Francia: The best views of Panama City.

    This Old Town square has the best views of the city. From there you can see, on one side, the houses of Old Town, with their chipped buildings and colonial charm. On the other side, there are towering skyscrapers of the new part of the city; a modern city that has nothing to do with their colonial past. At a glance, all the contrasts of Panama are on display. We could not choose a better place to begin our cultural tour.

    11 a.m. Old Town: A morning stroll.

    A morning stroll through the Old Town and its historic buildings takes us back to the colonial era and the historical moment of the construction of the Canal, Panama's history shared with Spain, France and the United States. Today, Old Town is experiencing a renaissance.

    1:30 p.m. Seafood Market: Lunch with pure local style.

    The seafood market is one of the best places to eat in Panama City for a local experience. While there is a good restaurant on the top floor that attracts tourists, a much richer and infinitely more memorable experience can be found within the crowded stalls on the first floor of the market, where visitors can sample recently prepared fresh ceviche.

    3 p.m. An Afternoon of Shopping: You will want to return!

    One cannot leave Panama without spending an afternoon shopping. Due to the country's role as an international port, manufactured goods from around the world are cheaper than almost anywhere else in the hemisphere. The city offers an endless variety of options and shopping centers, such as Multiplaza Pacific Mall, in the financial center of the city. Or Albrook Mall, one of the largest shopping mall in Panama, impossible to explore in one day, but worth a brief visit — although if you love shopping, you will want to return.

    7 p.m. Dgriss Art Gallery: Emerging Latin American art.

    And to finish off the afternoon of shopping, we suggest a stop at this excellent gallery of Latin American art. It is located on the ground floor of one of the best office buildings in the city, and features exhibitions by emerging Latino artists. Totally recommended, you will not regret the visit!

    9 p.m. Teca Restaurant at the second floor of BlueBay City Panama: A dinner with pure Panamanian style.

    Stylish yet relaxed fine dining international restaurant to experience gastronomy in a culinary tale beyond your imagination. A fashionable restaurant, professional, comfortable embracing and friendly, Teca is where good ambience and food meets excellent service in a great environment. It is one of the best dining experiences in Panama so far.

    8 p.m. Second Morning: The canal.

    Waking up in the room of BlueBay City Panama hotel, looking around and smiling after browsing through the multitude of shopping bags from yesterday. It's a good feeling, but we must get going to enjoy another busy day. Today, we have a morning visit to the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center of the Panama Canal and the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center.

    1 p.m. Amador Caseway: Lunch and relax.

    Offering spectacular views of the skyline of Panama City and the Panama Canal, the Amador Causeway was created to connect four small islands using rocks extracted from the Panama Canal. Today, these small islands have many good restaurants, bike paths, the aquarium of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, craft shops, a port for cruise ships and a yacht marina.

    3 p.m. Biodiversity Muesuem: An afternoon with art, technology and science.

    The Biodiversity Museum opened in late 2014 and was designed by Frank Gehry, is a discordant, bold building, resembling a macaw. Inside, you'll find one of the best natural history exhibits. A new landmark of the city, both due to its architectural design and its ability to unite technology, science and art, in order to encourage the continuous learning and awareness of the wonderful biodiversity of this planet.

    8:30 p.m. UMAI Sushi & Lounge and Blue Sky Bar: Say goodbye to the city in the best atmosphere.

    Panama City is famous for its exciting nightlife. It takes place in three main areas of the city where you can choose between the Commercial District (Bella Vista, El Cangrejo, Calle 50), the Old Town or the spectacular Amador Causeway. Prepare to bid farewell to the city with a dinner at UMAI Sushi & Lounge and some drinks at Blue Sky Bar, both located at BlueBay City Panama.


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Teba Siles BlueBay Hotels & Resorts Adventures

Teba Siles Teba Siles is a journalist and community manager based in Spain (to date). She has a passion to discover the world and one of the premises about her philosophy of life is go every year to a place where she has not been before.
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