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Panama La Vieja, Panama City

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Ruin Tourist Spot
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. Take a look at our Panama City vacation planner to schedule your visit to Panama La Vieja and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The place has enough information so that guide you don't need to traverse it. Recommend carry cool clothes and comfortable shoes but it should not walk too it is best to be prepared, also is advisable to not go very close to noon (as we did) since it is a coastal area and the heat and the Sun can be very strong. During our visit, they were moving the Museum and it was closed, so we could only visit the ruins. Recommended for those who like history
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  • The day of yesterday August 15, 2017 was 498 years old Panama City. Old which still retains some monuments of that time is known as Panama. Pnama the old tower to been restored on several occasions to maintain the appeal of yesteryear. To her around the area is preserved and is heritage.
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  • Just wonderful!! The place is amazing, have a delicious nightlife, excellent restaurants and a handicraft market well diversified and well priced!
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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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