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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. 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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  • They have remodeled much of the old part of Panama. It was beautiful. Places to drink coffee everywhere. Also restaurants for all tastes. Very beautiful streets. It is recommended not to be missed.
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  • The ruins, are there, if there is time to visit them. But neither is a must!, a short walk, with much heat and little information. They should give you a more elaborate framework regarding the history and information about the place. It is a historical place but they should give something mystical to make it more attractive.
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  • Great place for tourists. For the real Panama you should find at least the Avenida Central. Still beautiful and worth seeing, great cafes and restaurants at very high prices.
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  • Beautiful historic ruins to walk through. Great for pictures too.
  • Great turist attraction, tours offered through the day.
  • Very beautiful and historic place. Has a museum near by which we recommend. Great history and very nice to walk through.
  • Beautiful area for pictures. Some parts were knocked down by squatters, but most of it appears to be rebuilt now.
  • it is a great spot to visit!! dont forget your school id