The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is definitely the most important part of the country's infrastructure, both from a strategical and economic point of view. The Miraflores Visitor’s Center is just a 30 minutes ride from downtown: it has a museum, gift shop, restaurant and observation deck where you can watch the massive ships pass through the locks. It truly is a modern marvel. In contrast to the more historically and socially focused Museo del Canal Interoceanico, the Miraflores Visitor's Center concentrates on science, technology and environment behind the functioning of the Canal. The center is worth an afternoon of exploration.