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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  • Easy to walk around & visit after visiting the museum. Impressive ruins & beautiful walkway trails. Bring lots of water & shade your head.  more »
  • Beautiful ruins, nice museum and you can walk or take a car to tour around. Done in two hours or less  more »
  • It is a beautiful set of ruins easily accessible has been conditioned to receive tourism and fenced to provide security for the visitors. It has ample parking. When I went the Sunday nationals enter free of charge. The Museum is very well designed, is also recommended to upload to the viewpoint of the church tower. AS AN EXTRA ADMIRE BIRDS AND ANIMALS, IN A SETTING OF MAJESTIC TREES.
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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.
  • I am glad that this is being preserved and there for people to explore and see. It's interesting to think that people made architectural structures like this without the technology that we have now. Parking is easy to find, the place has decent shade trees throughout, and you get a nice place to stretch your legs.
  • Very old and historic! Lots of fun walking through all the ruins! Seems to be next to a not so nice neighborhood but we did not have any issues.
  • A must visit to Panama. If you do visit make sure you walk to the top of the tower for an amazing views of the city. A trip to the ruins will also teach you a lot about the history of Panama.
  • 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.
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