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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  • This place reminds us the old Panama fifteenth century although they are ruins of the ancient city of Panama, have a special magic worthy of being visited, an area to walk and walk with confidence
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  • Took a tour of the site which was built in the 1500’s by the Spanish. While most of the buildings are gone with only the foundation bricks remaining, the observatory remains. They built new steps to g...  more »
  • Point blank by the modern Panama City are the ruins of the original city. This was burnt and destroyed and the few buildings remain. But a church tower is there and this one can go up and get good overview of the place. But otherwise, the devastation so large that it had little value in my view
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  • You have to stop and take this place all in. You will not regret it! Wonderful old buildings plenty of restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Taxis are higher here so be careful. The most I was charged was $10. It's best to walk off a bit further and catch a taxi that's not hanging out in the center plaza they charge significantly higher. This place has a lot of history. It's wonderful.
  • The site of the ruins is very well maintained. You can wander about through all the various ruins, and there are many photographic opportunities. Access was pretty easy by local bus from the center of town. There is a small museum onsite, too, which provides some interesting historical background.
  • Well maintained historic site. Entrance fee for foreigner is US$15. Site is big and there's a free shuttle drive around the site.
  • Maybe this would have been more interesting with a guide. The only guide available spoke only Panamanian Spanish which was hard to understand. The museum was ok. The ruins have interpretive signs in English but the information seemed like random snippets from someone's PhD thesis. As much as I love history, this place didn't interest me that much.
  • Loved the visit! Beautifull landscapes... however there was no guides or any orientation, I think it will be far more interesting if you have someone explaining how it used to be. Liked the museum

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Where to stay in Panama City

To enjoy a balance between old-fashioned architecture and new-edge culture, the southern coastal neighborhood of Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) remains the best place to stay in Panama City. You can choose from a range of stylish boutique hotels and comfortable guesthouses lining the narrow streets of this neighborhood, home to many cafes and bars. For a selection of mid-range and higher-end hotels, many with swimming pools, look to the north-central neighborhood of El Cangrejo. You can also find budget accommodations in the beachfront suburb of Calidonia.
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