I´m for my third year back in Panama for a week working. At this time I managed to visit the archeological site called Panama La Vieja (Old Panama), which are the ruins of what was the first Panama city and also the first Spanish city founded in pacific of the Americas.
The city was totally sacked and destroyed by a pirate called Morgan in 1671. After that, the city was rebuild in a different place, nowadays called "Casco Antiguo".
The archeological site is really worth a visit, since it is a quite a big area with bridges, streets, some ruins that give you a hint of how the city was operating in its beginning. Some buildings, like the Mongas (nuns) convent and the tower of a cathedral have still a big part preserved and it is possible to visit inside. The tower has a wonderful view.
There is also a museum that explains the history of the Panama city which is advisable to visit first, since it gives you the background to understand the archeological site.
The walk is relatively big and there is no internal transportation for people with difficulties to walk. If it is your case, you need to take care yourself on how to go the way long.
It is a pity that the place needs care. There are some signs that some work might have been going on, but still a lot to improve. Specially most of the signs referring to the buildings are in bad condition, some even impossible to read. Not to mention some walls with writing from visitors that were not restored. But I hope the works in the site will get there.
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