Panama La Vieja, Panama City

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Journey to the ruined city (now designated a World Heritage Site) of Panama La Vieja. Wander among collapsed walls and the still-standing church tower of the city, which was established in the 1520s. Ransacked by Welsh pirate Henry Morgan in the 17th century, not much remains, but what does is evocative. The museum's diorama, along with other artifacts, gives you an idea of the full extent of the city. To get the full experience, hire a guide to shed light on these architectural relics and paint a picture of life here. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Panama City holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Panama La Vieja and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • if you are in the area ( before going to some fine restaurant in the area ) go see it otherwise I didn't find much to do or see  more »
  • Recently re-modelada to maintain its old structures, a very quiet to walk on family
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  • the ruins within the Park is the last remains of the Foundation of panama by the Spaniards a complement to the visit of the old town historic
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  • Great place to walk around and see some ruins. It's not that spectacular but I enjoyed walking in the area.
  • The grounds are nice and there's a trolley that'll take you around which is really great. The rooms are interesting to look at but I found it hard to gain a lot of historical context and information which made the visit kind of bland.
  • If you are a ruin lover like me you should definitely go there. The site needs more investment, care and love but even without this it is worth visiting. You walk around the ruins like walking in a park.
  • Many things are still under construction. The ruins are very impressive. There is a lot of potential here once they finish up the new museum exhibits and artesian exhibition. Bring your college ID $5 for foreign students!
  • A must see if visiting Panama City, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features the ruins of the original Panama City, sacked by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671 in the service of the British crown. The attached museum is small but they are working on an expansion. Some of the ruins are likewise off limits during repairs.

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