Panamá's best-known attraction is the Panamá Canal, Watch ships being raised and lowered through the locks or, take a cruise.Two-thirds of the population of Panama live on either side of the canal, most of them in the capital, Panamá City, or in the Pacific coastal plain west of the canal.
Information for visitors on Panama airline flights

Airlines:  United, C Abel Bravo, C 50 (tel 213-9824 or 213-8362); Delta, C53E, Marbella (tel 214-8118); Continental, Edificio Galerias Balboa, Av Balboa (tel 263-9177); American Airlines, C 50, Plaza New York (tel 269-6022); Aeroflot, Unicentro Bellavista, Av Justo Arosemena, C 41 (tel 225-0587 or 225-0497); AeroMexico, C 50, C 64, San Fransisco (tel 263-3033); Aeroperlas, Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert (tel 315-7555 or 317-7500); AeroPerú, C Ricardo Arias (tel 269-5777); Aerotaxi, Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert (tel 315-7520); Air France, C Abel Bravo, C 59 (tel 223-0204); ANSA, Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert (tel 315-0275 or 315-0299); AVENSA, C Mario M. Icaza (tel 264-9855); Avianca, Edificio Grobman, C Manuel M. Icaza (tel 223-5225 or 264-3120); Aviatur, Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert (tel 315-0397 or 315-0314); British Airways, Av Ricardo J. Alfaro, Av Juan Pablo II (tel 236- 8335); COPA, Av Justo Arosemena, C 39 (tel 227-2522 or 227 -5000); Cubana, C 29, Av Justo Arosemena (tel 227-2122); Iberia, Av Balboa, C 43 (tel 227-3966); KLM, Av Balboa, C Uruguay (tel 264-6395); LanChile, Via Cincuentenario, Av 4 Sur (tel 226-0133); Lloyd Aereo Boliviano, Edificio Bolivia, C 50 (tel 264-1330); Lufthansa, C Abel Bravo, C 50 (tel 223-9208); Mapiex Aero, Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert (tel 315-0888); Varig, Edificio Margarita, C 51 (tel 264- 2266).

American Express: Torre Banco Exterior, Av Balboa (Monday -Friday  8.30 am - 4 pm; tel 225-5858.

Banks and exchange: Branches of the Banco Nacional de Panamá (BNP) (Monday - Friday  8 am - 3 pm, Saturday 9 am -noon) and Banco del Istmo (Monday - Friday  8 am - 3.30 pm, Saturday 9 am - noon). There is one licensed exchange house, Panacambios (Monday - Friday 8 am -4 pm; tel 223-1800), Plaza Regency Building, opposite Hotel Continental .

Email and Internet access: There are Internet cafés around the city. Try Internet@café, behind Hotel El Panamá.

Embassies and consulates Belize: US, Av Balboa, C 40 (tel 227-1777), UK, Torre Swiss Bank, C 53E (tel 269-0886);
Canada, World Trade center, C 58 (tel 264-9731); Mexico, Edificio Bancomer, C 50 (tel 210-1523); El Salvador, Edificio Citibank, Via España (tel 223-3020); Colombia, Edificio Grobman, C Manuel M. Icaza (tel 223-3535); Costa Rica, C G. Ortega, Via España (tel 264-2937); Cuba, Av Cuba, Av Ecuador (tel 227-0359); Guatemala, Via Argentina (tel 269-3475 or 269-3406); Nicaragua, C 50, Av Manuel E Batista (tel 269-6721); Honduras, Edificio Tapia, Av Justo Arosemena, C 31 (tel 225-0882). 

Laundry: Most hotels have a laundry service, there are cheap coin-operated lavamaticos at Lavamatico America, Av Justo Arosemena, C27, and Lavamatic, C 3, Av Central.

Medical care: There is a 24 hour medical service at Centro Medico Bella Vista, Av Perú, C 35 (tel 227-4022) and Centro Medico Paitilla, Av Balboa, C 53 (tel 263-6060) and Hospital Santo Thomas, Av 5 Sur, C 34 E (tel 227-4122).

Pharmacy:  The Farmacia Arrocha, Via España, C 49E is open 24 hours.

Police Emergencies:  Telephone 104;  Tourist police Tel 226-4021 or 270-2467).

Post office: The central post office is on Av Central at C 34, there's another in El Cangrejo in the Plaza de la Concordia shopping centre on Via España, both are open Monday - Friday 7 am - 6 pm; Saturday 7 am - 5 pm.

Telephones:  Phone booths take US $5.00, US $10.00 and US $20.00 phone cards, some take coins. The main Cable and Wireless office (Monday - Friday 7.30 am - 5.00 pm, Saturday 7.30 am - 2.30 pm) is on Via España, in the Banco Nacional building.

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