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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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  • I visited Panama La Vieja with a local guide so I got the history lesson to go along with the ruins. I highly recommend seeing this and having a guide. It is a little bit of walking if it is hot out b...  more »
  • A great place to learn about the history of the original settlement until it was ransacked by the infamous British buccaneer, Henry Morgan in 1671. You can explore the ruins and do climb the main towe...  more »
  • This ancient attraction is set within a wonderful park with many large old trees. Tour trams leave on a regular basis and allow you to get off and on to explore on your own. The museum is nicely curat...  more »
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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.
  • 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.
  • Make sure you climb the tower. Nice view of the entire city