Speaking of ancient times, the first governor sent from Spain, Pedro Arias Dávila, founded what is now Old Panama. In those times the city was growing fast, until it attracted the attention of the English Pirate Henry Morgan. When he was marching into Old Panama, the Spaniards moved to Casco Viejo, to defend the City. Luckily the walls resisted and the Spanish could not be conquered.
Since the canal zone has been handed back to Panama, lots of shopping malls have spread throughout the city. So guys, if you want to hang out in the casino for a while, maybe watching your favourite football team play, be sure your girl will be busy all afternoon! But not just for sports games, casinos are a good place to hang out in the night. You can also go to one of the several discotheques, which offer a big variety of music, something for every taste.
A place to stay is the least thing to worry about- in Panama City you can find everything from cheap hostels to 5-star hotels!
The Panama Canal - An engeneering wonder!
It is amazing to see the huge container and cruise ships squeeze through the locks with only a couple of centimeters of space on each side! To ensure future competitiveness it is currently under construction to make it wider.
Now a bit of history: In 1880 the French started a canal but were forced to give it up 20 years later due to jungle diseases and finacial problems. In 1903, when Panama became an independent country, the USA signed a treaty with the Panamenian government, including the construction of a canal. On August 15th 1914, a US ship made the first transit. Much later, in 1979, the canal was handed back to the Panamenian government, due to contracts signed by Omar Torrijos Herrera and Jimmy Carter!
- yearly there are more than 13056 ships passing the canal
- coming from more than 70 different countries around the world
- the average toll for a ship to pass the is about 100 thousand dollars