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During our time in Panama City we did the obvious things any tourist would do whilst visiting the Panamanian capital. On our first day we caught a taxi to the Causeway, a thin road that connects the mainland with four small islands at the mouth of the Canal. We decided to air on the side of caution and jump in a taxi. The causeway itself was nice. We arrived a bit too early and so all the restaurants and bike rental places were shut but we walked along to the end of the road in Isla Flamenco anyway and watched some of the big ships lumbering into the mouth of the canal.We stayed in the Panamericana Hostel which is located in the Tomas Herrara plaza in Casco Viejo, the old part of the city. A lot of the buildings in the area are run down and deserted which made for great photos as we wandered around the streets. One of the first things we noticed was the sheer volume of police presence around the area.Day 2:
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You can't visit Panama City without seeing one of the world's greatest technological marvels. When the new larger locks open in 2015, there will be even more to see. One of the reasons Panama is prospering is due to the $800,000,000 U.S. dollars generated annually in canal tolls. Typically, 30 ships pass through per day. The new locks will double that capacity. In 2014, the Panama Canal celebrates its 100th birthday. Until I visited Panama, I had no idea that the French began the canal, and the Americans finished it.
This 12-room boutique hotel in Casco Viejo also includes Tantalo Kitchen and Rooftop bar. Each room was designed by a different artist currently residing in Panama. The hotel was the first hotel to have a green wall in Panama. Its rooftop bar was the first in Casco, and now rooftop bars are springing up on almost every suitable roof.
This is the first Frank Gehry-designed building in South America. The Biomuseum highlights Panama’s great biodiversity with more than 1,300 species of plants, 230 mammal species and 940 kinds of birds. The museum is set to open during the summer of 2013, but visitors can currently tour the construction site and see a preview of exhibits the museum will have. Daily tours are available in Spanish. Arrangements need to be made in advance for a tour in English.