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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  • We were visiting Panama City for the first time with the Seabourn Quest Ship. We used the Guide recommended by Seabourn and do not regret. The museum was very interesting and walking around the ruins ...  more »
  • It is important to know part of the history of Panama, can be briefly enjoyed this place and get to know a little more of their culture. Struck by the contrast that exists between the old part of the modern. Recommended!
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  • Unfortunately we had to view Panama La Vieja from a distance! The ruins are stunning even from afar, but we were tired of the price of admission that is charged to non-residents (tourists)! $5 for our...  more »
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  • You cannot just walk and see the ruins without paying. Its $15 for a foreigner and $10 for local. Unless you are a student with a valid student ID than its $5. The price includes a ride in their trolley, which let's you get off at any spot you like, the museum tour, and ofcourse the opportunity to explore all the ruins. For me particularly, it was an amazing experience, not everyday you get to take pictures and stand along a structure that was destroyed by pirates.
  • Quite a beautiful location. The history of the many structures is well documented and if one wishes you can spend a considerable amount of time reading the many plaques in order to learn the history of this place. You can walk throughout the area if you wish or you can catch a ride and get to your destination quickly.
  • Very cool heritage site. Lots to explore. The museum is really nicely done, great info, everything is in Spanish and English so very easy to enjoy.
  • Very cool ruins. Nice museum. Hot as hell. Little shuttle bus takes you around
  • Bring sunscreen and/or a sun umbrella, as it gets hot. But they do have passenger carts that you can catch to take you through the site. Interpretive center has some interesting information, but I was mostly a fan of its air conditioning. Otherwise, you'll want to be outside, walking among the ruins, climbing the bell tower, and marveling at this sparkling, modern city that's cropped up around 16th century ruins. Well worth a visit.
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