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Address: Avenida Central, Panama City, Panama
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
Description: This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways and historical...
This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways and historical plazas and palaces make it a must-see on any tour.
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Definitely worth a visit - beautiful views of Panama City's skyline

This little town is definitely worth exploring. At first, it reminded me of the architecture in New Orleans. It still has ways to go in terms or rehabilitation, but you can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Full of charm this area of town makes Panama a good place to visit. Bars and restaurants full with international crowd make this city fun.

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

This is the highlight of Panama, I mean it! Everybody should visit Casco viejo, what a beautiful neighborhood, I was impressed it looks like San Juan Puerto Rico, but in my opinion better than San Juan, while you are there you can go to El Mercadito they sell tons of souvenirs at a good price.

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This little town is definitely worth exploring. At first, it reminded me of the architecture in New Orleans. It still has ways to go in terms or rehabilitation, but you can already see the gentrification and potential of the place. There's a lot of history in the area too; don't let the squatters deter you from exploring this cool little... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We expected this to be a lot more charming than it actually was. It's definitely worth seeing if you're in Panama City but I would highly recommend going in with low expectations ... it's pretty dirty and smells bad at low tide and we didn't have much success for non-super-tourist shops while wandering around ... I might recommend a tour... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

There is so much history in in this town. We went with a local but I suggest you read up on the city before visiting. You will run into a "story" every block or so!

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Brandenburg, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Some terrific renovated places, homes, restaurants, shops and some terrible run-down buildings still inhabited by squatters, etc. Found a few very good restaurants and felt safe on all the streets regardless of state of repair. Worth the time to explore

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Loved Casco Viejo - must see. Family friendly if you get a taxi ride into the area. Beautiful architecture and great restaurants (Il Carpacio and gelato at Ferretti). Great place to hang out and walk around. We were there during Holy Week and it was very crowded and all the churches were open for services.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Casco Viejo is a very nice old colonial city. Very similar to the colonial city in San Juan Puerto Rico or the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic A great number of the buildings in the Casco Viejo are undergoing some massive renovation. It's clear that they are pouring a TON of money in this area and it's fantastic.... More 

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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Nice to stroll by the old buildings, when it's not too hot/crowded. Walked from the fish market, where we were dropped off.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Absolutely a must-see in Panama. If you spend some days in Panama for travelling in the City or Panama Cannal, this place creates a completely adventurous feeling. Imagine that you are walking along one of the most dangerous place where people used to hung out in a gang. You should hire a tour guide to clearly understand the history of... More 

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