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Panama La Vieja

Address: Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #13 of 128 things to do in Panama City
Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde estuvo ubicada la Ciudad de...
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Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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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San Francisco, California
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217 reviews 217 reviews
71 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

the ruins heere are nice and worth a walk thru! some really nice picture spots and pretty area of wetlands with alot of birds and interesting trees! the view from top of the tower is GREAT!

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Why not go? It's worth a look to get a glimpse into Panama's past. Go with a guide though for more of a comprehensive understanding of the history of the City. Our group of 6 went with Ancon Expeditions for a morning tour which included lunch at the Panamanian Restaurant Renee's Cafe. Don't go for any longer tho, it doesn't... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Casco Viejo is the main event within the city limits of Panama for tourists. Colonial architecture, art galleries, great restaurants and bars and the cities trendiest hotels combine to form a tourist center that doesn't feel completely contrived. I don't know that I'll return to Panama City strictly for tourism, but if I do come back for any reason, you'll... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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28 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

The ride from our Cangrejo location to Panama Vieja was through dense traffic, a longer trip than I had anticipated in relation to map distance. The museum was very well done, but there was not enough posted information in English for non-Spanish speakers. We drove from the museum to the area of the historic buildings,some partially standing, and it was... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Wonderfully preserved foundations of the first European settlement in the new world. Better signage and a route map would be helpful as a audio tour would be too.

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Vancouver WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

This was the first European settlement on the Pacific. Although no complete buildings remain what does remain is well worth the visit. The signage with illustrations helps visitors see what the city originally looked like. You can easily have a good tour by reading the signs.which are written in English and Spanish. Go early to avoid the heat. The cost... More 

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Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

How wonderful to walk amongst ruins and look up now and then and see the modern city right there. Keep an eye out for the informative signs. Look and listen for iguanas and birds ! Amazing nature, amazing ruins.

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Cabanas Potosi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Old Spanish Panama City was built and destroyed over 500 years ago. It was destroyed when the English pirate Henry Morgan landed in Panama. Today the ruins have been turned into a beautiful park for history buffs.

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

These are fabulous ruins BUT they are ruins. It's interesting to look at the construction of these walls, some of the first built by non natives in this hemisphere. You can look over these old ruins and see the shining highrises of the very new Panama City. Do climb the bell tower. There are a lot of stairs but they... More 

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Ridgetown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was the oldest permanent European settlement on the Pacific coast, founded on August 15, 1519. While this site is totally in ruins, primarily due to a number of fires, it is of great historical interest. One may climb to the top of the church tower, using a modern set of stairs built inside of it and get a good... More 

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