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Panama La Vieja

Address: Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #17 of 57 Attractions in Panama City
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde estuvo ubicada la Ciudad de Panamá en su primera fundación en elsiglo XVI.
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Stockholm, Sweden
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87 reviews 87 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

but as always in panama the service is varying, from very friendly to ignorant or hostile. But I was impressed how the were renovating so many houses and preserving their heritage. gooood.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Take your time! No need of tour guides! Just take the day and walk! May be warm, but it's part of the game! My favorite spot? San Jose's Golden Altar! I could it down for hours and I am not even religious! From there, up and down and take as many pics as it takes! All the best angles are... More

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Lafayette, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The ruins of the first Panama City which was destroyed by Henry Morgan are at this location. There is a new museum that shows artifacts and tells the history of this city. It was not rebuild but a new city was created at its present location which was considered safer from pirates. You can climb the tower, that has been... More

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Portsmouth
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

For atmosphere, don't miss the old city. It is in the process of rebirth and will become an excellent site to visit. There is a church from the 1500's and it is a nice place to walk around to see the old construction being renovated. There is shopping and more and more restaurants.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

It is a place to stop but not really a grandiose thing. I like "Casco Viejo" a lot more. both locations are not in the safest areas but good to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It was a great experience. Got to go to the top of the tower and viewed the city from the top. Awesome! It was hot but it was worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Admission is free to the ruin if you do not want to go to the museum. There were descriptions in Spanish & English on the various ruins. If you are a history buff, this is a blast to the past. If not, then the tops of old buildings provide views of the city. After a while, all the stone ruins... More

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Here is the nest of Panama. 500 years ago the spaniards settled this land. If you don't like history keep away. Here is only for persons who know how to see the past and are able to enjoy and imagine the environment many centuries ago. I recommend to these blessed persons.

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Kingston,Ontario
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Had to insist we go as locals didn't seem to think it was worth visiting( no big stores). We spend several hours and then visited the Artisanal Market beside it for authentic molas, hats and crafts to take home. One of the highlights of our trip.

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Las Trojes, El Paraiso, Honduras
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We made the trip here because our guidebook said the entrance price was $1. It was not. Our taxi driver was kind enough to tell us that it was surrounded by gang neighborhoods - so interpret that as you like. The tower had great views of the city.

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