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History. Culture. Biodiversity galore. And the incredible engineering wonder, the Panama Canal.

Panama City features a unique blend of those assets and more. On the one hand, the city’s tall skyscrapers reflect its modern style. Located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, the city serves as the political and administrative center of the country and an international hub for banking, commerce, and, of course, shipping.

On the other hand, Panama City also offers exceptional natural beauty with several parks for hiking, birding, and wildlife observation. Lovers of the water will want to visit the Amador Causeway, four islands joined by rocks excavated during the construction of the Panama Canal. A place for locals and visitors to walk, skate, and bike, the causeway also serves as the launching pad for fishing charters or ferries to the Pearl Islands and the home to the Biomuseo, the Panama Convention Center, and the Smithsonian Research Institute, which established a center dedicated to the exploration of the natural world.

History also abounds in Panama City. In fact, UNESCO declared two cities within Panama City boundaries as World Heritage Sites. The oldest one and an archaeological site, Panama Viejo preserves the ruins of the first city, founded in 1519 and destroyed by pirates. The other historic site, the walled colonial city of Casco Antiguo, includes a wide variety of museums, hotels, and nightlife with rooftops and restaurants.

UNESCO also recognized Panama City for its culinary experiences, declaring it a Creative Gastronomic City. Four of its restaurants made the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. Find amazing food for all tastes and budgets, whether dining at modern places in the areas of San Francisco, Costa del Este, and Casco Antiguo, or in Cinta Costera for more local and outdoor experiences.

With its subway and bus network, Panama City makes it easy for visitors to move throughout the city. Many of the city’s tour operators also include transportation in their rates for excursions, especially to places outside the city.

Panama abounds in diverse activities and options – whether fine dining, the only tropical rain forest in city limits, beaches, historical site seeing, and so much more. For a closer look, turn here.

Heart of the action

With a view to the Pacific Ocean, the site of the 2024 EMBAC Conference, the Hilton Panama, Panama City, will take you within one kilometer of downtown Panama City and the Cinta Costera, a public recreation area that runs along Panama Bay.

Within a 10-minute drive, you can reach the Multiplaza Mall, canal tours, and the Casco Viejo UNESCO site. A few steps near the hotel, you can find restaurants, bars, and shopping malls. The Hilton Panama also connects to Starbay Casino and the Stem Cell Institute.

Inside the hotel, you can enjoy the amenities of the spa, beauty salon, and rooftop pool, as well as onsite restaurants, a fitness center, a business center, and free wifi. Your room offers spacious comfort with a laptop size in-room safe, minibar, and other features. EMBAC’s hotel room rate of $149 per night, plus taxes and fees, is available only until the EMBAC block of rooms fills, or until September 14, whichever comes first. Make your reservations here.
  • Panama Canal, one of the world’s most important shipping connections
  • Metropolitan National Park, 573-acre park with a wildlife preserve and the only tropical rain forest in a metropolitan area
  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, privately owned museum that features Panamanian art
  • The city’s restored Casco Viejo historic district, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Panama Viejo, historical ruins of the first European settlement relocated to Casco Viejo area
  • Casco Antiguo, a walled colonial city full of color, history, and flavor, also in the Casco Viejo area
  • Iglesia de San Jose, the church with the Golden Altar, also in the Casco Viejo area
  • Centro Natural Punta Culebra, a marine museum that includes two small aquariums and a nature trail complete with three-toed sloths and iguanas
  • Pearl Islands with beautiful beaches, snorkeling, and other activities, a short distance from the city
  • The Amador Causeway, which connects four little islands (Naos, Culebra, Perico, and Flamenco) to the mainland and offers lovely views of Panama City, the Puente de las Americas, and the numerous islands in Panama Bay
  • Eco adventure through the Gamboa Rainforest, 30-minute drive from the city