Panama was inhabited by several indigenous tribes prior to settlement by the Spanish in the 16th century. It broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada remained joined. Nueva Granada later became the Republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the Panama Canal to be built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the total transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama by the end of the 20th century, which culminated on 31 December 1999.
Enjoy a guided trip to the most important sites of Panama, including Casco Viejo and the Panama Canal.
- Old Quarters of Panama
- Colonial Area of Panama
- Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal
Explore Soberanian National Park and the Lake Gatun and Monkey Island. Take in all the beautiful views in Gamboa Rain Forest before paying visit to an Indian village and learning about the locals' culture.
Enjoy the cultural experience of a lifetime with a traditional dinner amidst a folkloric show representing many of the cultures of Panama.
- Taste the Local Dishes
- Admire the "Pollera" Beautiful National Dress
- See Traditional Dances From Different Regions of the Country