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Address: Panama City, Panama
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Description: Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde...
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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Very interesting ruins and grounds. Take the time needed to see it all and ponder the people and life they had there. The only distraction was that the restoration efforts could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Very interesting ruins and grounds. Take the time needed to see it all and ponder the people and life they had there. The only distraction was that the restoration efforts could have been done better if native materials had been used.

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Oakland, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Ruins are always fascinating clues to the past. Panama Vieja is no different. Here, you can wander among old ruins and imagine who lived there, what they did, and why they are no longer there. When we went the area was being refreshed so many of the placards and explanations were missing. As a result, we wandered through without knowing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Ruins aren't really my thing but climbing up the church tower to see the view was worth it. don't need more than 20 mins here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

So different from the modern city..in a good way! take a taxi from the city (they are cheap,but ask the price first and don't be afraid to reuse if you feel it is too dear..another driver will do it for less! It definitely helps if you can speak some Spanish.) once there it is a pleasure to stroll around. There... More 

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Roatan, Honduras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

La Vieja is an absolutely beautiful area of Panama, recently renovated this area has now come back to life. They have preserved the old buildings, churches and market places. There are lots of great restaurants in this area. We walked from here through the park back to our hotel. Very nice.

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I took the bus all the way to the old ruins only to find that most of the remains were being held up with support beams and the main tower was completely restored. So there is really not much here in terms of any real lasting remains. Save the five bucks and taxi fare and just pass by on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

When you look at the ruins with tall buildings in the background, it gives you a sense of how humankind have come a long ways. As I took the photos of the ruins, I included the tall buildings in the background to reflect on evolution of life. This should be a must visit to learn about history and understand evolution.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

If you go to the top of the cathedral, it has a nice view. If you read the information there, then you are going to have a historical sight. The park around the cathedral is quite and nice. I saw that they do events sometimes there.

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Panama City, Panama
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had a Tour guide who explained important historic facts about the city, because of the pirates' stories it is very fascinating. The museum there is interesting, I am native from Panamá, but now they have done archeological excavations on site and have found more about the life in the original city of Panama.

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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is the sight of the first european city on the Pacific side of the continent. Destroyed by a pirate, the stone walls of the buildings remain giving an idea of the dwelings. Take a picture in front of the bells tower and increase your cultural knowledge.

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Address: Panama City, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City

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