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Panama La Vieja

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Address: Panama City, Panama
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Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde estuvo...

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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The site is well preserved and interesting. The juxtaposition between being at one of the oldest cities in the Americas yet seeing the modern Panama City skyline in the background... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Grande Prairie
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

History comes alive when you visit this part of Panama City, ... you experience the Past history of the old city with the ultra modern New Panama in the background.

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Norwich
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We checked the website - the archaeological site of the original city, now called Panama la Vieja, is assured to be open from Tuesday to Sunday; we asked locals - they said that as it is a tourist site and open on Sundays, it will be open on the Tuesday we tried to visit; we even tried telephoning - no... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Part of a VIP Panama Tour itinerary, this is where it all began here. Ravaged by the infamous pirate Henry Morgan,in 1671, the ruins of what was a colonial metropolis shows remarkable skill in the planning and layout of a bustling and thriving community.A group of dedicated historically oriented Panamanians keep this place dedicated to their culture as a shrine... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a dump, nothing has been done to improve the setting except the parking and fare booth. We came we walk away

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Port Moody, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you like history and want to see some great ruins of an old city from the 1600's - go! The tour costs $11.00. They have a small museum and then a bus that travels you to the site. It's a self guided tour - with information signs in both Spanish and English. A taxi to the site is about... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The ruins of the original colony are amazing. The architecture of the old cathedral and convent that allowed it to still be standing after hundreds of years.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The site is well preserved and interesting. The juxtaposition between being at one of the oldest cities in the Americas yet seeing the modern Panama City skyline in the background is striking. Plaques throughout the ruins explain what each building was. You can climb up the old cathedral tower for a good view. A shuttle is available to bring you... More 

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely stunning place. Great to see history like this. We had a formal dinner in this location. The grounds are well kept and the views are great. Make the climb to the top of the tower. Lots to see

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Blairstown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy drive from Grace hotel. Make sure you take the Bahia Highway along the shore. There is free parking at the visitor center. If you buy a combination ticket for the museum and the site you get a free shuttle to the tower. The view from the tower is worth climbing the 150 steps. My 75 year old sister made... More 

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Canby, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun to see all the ruins. You can get up close climb on and get a full feel for the old city. Very educational. Kids loved it. Bring a hat or umbrella for shade.

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