With its glittering high rises, upscale merchandising, and the famed canal that makes global shipping possible, Panama City is the financial and geographic hub of Latin America. But it’s more than just multimillionaires, shopping centers, yeyes (high-class fashionistas), and container shipping. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the Americas, a magnet for businesspeople from around the globe. Yet the graceful old town, Casco Viejo, makes a great escape from the modern bustle, or you can head out to the beaches, Pearl Islands, or misty mountains of the Metropolitan National Park.
Interesting Fact: The recent Panama Canal expansion increases the average container load from 4800 to 12,500 containers per ship.
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