Panama wasn’t on the top of my To-Go list, but a sudden offer to go to a country I’ve never been to before was obviously not going to get turned down! Aloft in Panama City was nice enough to host me for a few days, and even set up tours so I could see all that their beloved city has to offer!
However my short but action-packed trip turned out to be extremely interesting! I did so many different things that it made it a perk that Panama was so diverse! I felt like I was back in the old town of Havana at one point, and then in the dazzling lights of luxury hotel skyscrapers like in Las Vegas moments later!
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Our tour guide was great, and the boat driver boy was not afraid to gun the engine and fly across the otherwise calm waters, but we weren’t allowed out onto the small patches of jungle islands…but for obvious reasons. The other animals we got to see on the tour were crocodiles and snakes. No thank you.
All I wanted to do was go see some damn monkeys in a jungle, and possibly swing from some trees. Well, I got to see monkeys, but it was from the seat of a speed boat I took on a tour of the Panama Canal through Gamboa Rainforest Resort for $35.
Although it took forever to build, and many people died, the three locks (gates) are vital to the world’s imports and exports, and they are even working on building an even bigger one now whose gates will be the size of four football fields!
There are tons of little restaurants, shops, cafes, and even hotels, plus little souvenir markets in the middle of the town square. Tantalo is a great restaurant/bar that has a rooftop area that overlooks Cosco Vieja and the skyline of the skyscrapers in downtown Panama City.
Aloft is one of the newer hotels, and boasts a chic, futuristic theme, from neon mood-lighting, to house music playing in the hotel bar. It also has this funky pool area with an infinity pool, and an über modern lounge area complete with retro furniture and electric blue pool table.
I also went up to the pool area of the Trump hotel, which had a stunning view of the city that reflected on the glassy edge of the sky-high infinity pool.