Panama La Vieja

Panama La Vieja, Panama City

Panama La Vieja
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Jamie M
Stuart, FL6 contributions
Great place indoors and out
Sep 2021
This was a great site and gives you a good sense of the early history of Panama! A friend took me. We parked by the admissions place, and paid there. The price is double for non-Panamanians. Then you ride a tram to the historical site itself. There is a museum there, that I thought was really well-done and the exhibit notes are in in Spanish and English. Walking around the ruins is quite cool, including walking up to the top of the tower.
Written October 4, 2021
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Thomas
Panama City, FL3 contributions
Old Panama In crumblimg ruins
Old town full of history, ideal if you are looking for a half day trip. Was the main city back in the 1500s but destroyed by the famous pirate Henry Morgan. Recommend to book with guide. If you like history it should be one of your stops.
Written October 1, 2021
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dasreiseteam
Bad Pyrmont, Germany1,341 contributions
Worth a visit
Apr 2021
First of all the entrance fee for foreigners now is $ 10 p. p. This includes a ride from one end of the site to the other and the entrance into the museum. We visited on a Tuesday morning and had the whole area to ourselves. Apart from looking at the ruins of the old stone structures we enjoyed the abundance of grey iguanas and birds. The modern museum was interesting and gives a good impression of the development of the settlement. However, we would not have paid extra to see it.
It's definitely worth to spend a couple of hours at this historic site.
Written April 28, 2021
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worldmaps
New York City, NY312 contributions
A 2-Hour Tour
Nov 2020 • Solo
Plan on spending no more than 2 hours at the ruins. You will be able to walk through all the ruin (what's left of them), visit the museum, and even climb up the main church tower.
Written November 25, 2020
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
The ruins, the tower & the museum
Jan 2020
The site of the "very first" Panama City also known as Panama Viejo (but not to be confused with the other "old town" part of the city namely Casco Viejo which unlike this site is not a ruin but very much a regular part of the city), to see here are: the ruins & remainders of buildings once existed and some with "blackened walls" & such to see close up (although some mini-compounds or courtyard-like areas being just to view from outside); the 4-storied tower which despite being a ruin itself (a church tower with an adjacent church ruin right beside it) is a "well-preserved" structure where you can go up all the way to the top for some nice views (not just of the site grounds down below but also of some of the city's high-rises & the sea at some distances away) on all four sides although to see just through "narrow windows"; and the small museum about the country's colonial history, specifically about this area I would say, from the time of the first Spanish settlement in the early 1500's to the city's demise at the hands of the English pirates led by Henry Morgan about 150 years later (with my favorite among the displays being the "miniature model", but quite a sizeable one taking up like an entire room, of this very site as it looked during its heydays!).

After about a half-hour ride (by taxi or uber) from Casco Viejo, right outside the site entrance are bust statues of the Spanish king & queen in the "Age of Exploration" (which is about the same time Panama was founded), and right inside the entrance and just to the right is some widespread "swamp-like area" (kind of a unique sight to see which likely merges with the sea & where there's also some long bridge on the far side of that swamp).
Written September 16, 2020
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Antya M
Greater London, UK43 contributions
Lovely
Feb 2020 • Couples
An Old Town tour, lead by a knowledgeable guide, is a must. Don't venture into the red paved areas and you'll be quite safe. All the locals are super friendly and helpful. Negatives: broken pavements and traffic fumes.
Written August 16, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Ruins with Birdlife
Sep 2019 • Solo
There's a museum here which is airconditioned and great to hide from the himidity. The ruins are from the 16th century. There's a tower which is well preserved. Didn't climb it though as the weather was too himid. A very easy site to walk around as it's flat terrain. There's a train which goes around the key sites within this park at a fee. Was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few birdlife here and also an iguana. Bonus of the visit.
Written June 5, 2020
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Vitproch
Prague, Czech Republic258 contributions
Great ruins of a city
Jan 2020
Very nice to see a ruined old town here. Very informative, easy to reach by public transportation. Must have been a fabulous colony!
Written April 16, 2020
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Sundancer93003
Ventura, CA400 contributions
Peek into the Past
Feb 2020
The ruins of this area that thrived in the 1500’s are very interesting. From the top of the tower visitors can see in all directions. The on-site museum adds to the visit.
Written March 22, 2020
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fernandez s
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK36 contributions
Good value
Feb 2020 • Solo
This place is located in old town Panama off an obscure side street, across from a fast food burger joint which sell delicious burger btw. Thurs- Sat. are the busy nights and from $10-20 cover open bar, unlimited entry/ exit. No dance floor, few seats and it gets packed. Gold star to those bartenders, how they remember all those orders and hear over that music is beyond me. The hostess out front spoke good English and quite charming. A good place to get your buzz on, not so much for socializing.
Written February 16, 2020
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