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Panama La Vieja

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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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Pre-colonial Panama

An interesting location with ruins of the first Spanish settlements in Panama. The area is quite large and encompasses mostly all of the original site. The remaining ruins are in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We walked through the old Panama and looked a where the 7 missions stood and then we went though New City and were able to find where all of them relocated. Plus there are great little restaurants and shops to check out.

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Laguna Beach, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I was dissapointed not much to see, also there were tons of mosquitoes, I was afraid to get sick since you can get chikunguya if one of the infected mosquitoes bite you. The place is nice to take a couple of pictures, but that's about it.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

An interesting location with ruins of the first Spanish settlements in Panama. The area is quite large and encompasses mostly all of the original site. The remaining ruins are in good shape and, for the most part, are open to exploration - not fenced or blocked off. A new visitors center was under construction while I was there but there... More 

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Naples, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Very interesting and lots of history. Enjoyed it very much and would recommend it. Not much in the museum. Not worth the extra money.

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Denver, Colorado
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I had known about Vieja for several years but hadn't visited. It's much bigger and well preserved than I had expected. It's a great place to visit to learn more about the history of the city and country.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Drove out to this site, there is a lot of history associated with it but it is now just a bunch of ruins with one large tower that you can climb to get a reasonable view of the city. There is alittleinfo available - best to go with a guide to find out what is happening. It would not be... More 

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Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Panama La Vieja is one of the most exciting places in the City of Panama, it reminds you the past of the city, it is a place full of memories and incredible histories, surrounded of magic, a cultutal location that you must visit.

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

These are the ruins of Old Panama City that was sacked by Henry Morgan in 1671. The area was deemed too vulnerable to future attack and the settlement moved to the west. The bell tower has a staircase inside that is easily climbed and the views of Panama City from here are well worth the climb.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The original city of Panama that Captain Morgan (of rum fame) sacked. There are ongoing archeological digs here. On the day I was there, it was pouring down rain and everything was tented up. It is my understanding that there are volunteer opportunities to help in these digs, but I had no chance to confirm that. It's a very short... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Same typical ruins as any other area of Latin America, but if you have never seen ruins before you should definitely check it out. BEWARE OF BUGS! While wandering through part of the ruins we were attacked by something similar to a mosquito but that stung aggressively for a couple of hours and I still have bite marks on my... More 

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