Take a Spanish course in Panama City, Panama's cosmopolitan capital.
Combining the traditional and the modern, Panama is a vibrant, buzzing metropolis. The city is an international centre for finance and business, with its glittering skyscrapers dominating the skyline. Nevertheless, it is also full of history, having been founded over 500 years ago, and as a result, you will also find charming colonial buildings and cobbled streets, particularly in the city’s old town, Casco Viejo.
Panama City is a gateway to Panama's tropical landscapes – whether it is to escape to hidden away beach paradises, to indulge in adventure sports in the rainforest or to learn about traditional culture in indigenous villages, many visitors spend a few days in Panama City before heading further afield. However, you don't have to stray far from the city to visit some of the country's incredible natural landscapes – there are parts of the rainforest that meet the city in Cerro Ancón and Parque Metropolitano. You can therefore easily spend your day hiking in a tropical paradise and your evening dining in one of the city's elegant restaurants.
Of course, a trip to Panama City would not be complete without visiting the Panama Canal. One of the seven wonders of the modern world, the canal is one of the crowning engineering achievements of the 20th century, enabling vessels to travel between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.
Panama City is a haven for shopping lovers, with endless options to suit every taste from outlet bargains, to traditional artisan products and boutique designers. Shopping is clearly a local pastime as the residents of Panama City are known for being fashionable and well-dressed. Eating out and partying are also popular, and the city has a huge range of bars, clubs and restaurants to be explored, showcasing cuisine from all over the world.