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“If you like ruins, check it out. Otherwise, best to skip”
Review of Panama La Vieja

Panama La Vieja
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Day Tour of Panama City
Ranked #13 of 172 things to do in Panama City
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Owner description: 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.
Cambridge, MA
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“If you like ruins, check it out. Otherwise, best to skip”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

I had heard about the ruins of the old Spanish settlement that grew into Panama City (turns out Captain Morgan ransacked it a few centuries ago and it was never rebuilt on site). It's interesting for historical reasons, but it's really just a bunch of ruins, and there's really not much else going on around there at all. Make a trip of it if you like ruins and feel like walking around a wide-open space in the city (hard to come by, despite a few parks dotting the landscape). Otherwise, you'll probably get more out of a visit to Casco Viejo.

Visited July 2012
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“Neat history”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

If you have any appreciation for Colonial history this is a neat place to go. It can be challenging to get to because the road to it is closed on one side for construction. There are some signs that give information about the place (I think they were both in English and Spanish, but I'm not positive). There is one section that you have to pay to get in, where the Plaza Mayor and cathedral are. Another section is just alongside a road, and I was glad that I made my husband stop for me to go into another cathedral that had been part of a convent. Although there are a lot of pigeons who have made a home in there, the ruins of that cathedral were impressive. And there was a large water tank near it too that was interesting to learn about.

I recommend going to the museum after you go to the ruins. A few exhibits are in English, but not all--it was random as to what was translated and what wasn't. Despite having hiked in the rain forest in the morning and suffered in the humidity at the ruins, my kids were still interested in learning more at the museum. There is even a skeleton and skulls in there! :) There is a tiny gift shop in the museum where you can buy a nice t-shirt for cheap ($3.50!) And next door is an artesans market where we stocked up on souvenirs and gifts.

Visited August 2012
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Hayward, California
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“Interesting site”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

A historic site and interesting to see the ruins that remain. Glad the tour made a stop. Going up to the tower to see the views was also interesting

Visited February 2012
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Seattle
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We traveled to Panama worried about jungle bugs and bad water and instead found ancient history, incredibly beautiful islands, modern pharmacies and grocery stores, delicious drinking water, and THE BEST GUIDES ON THE PLANET. Mario W. is your man if you want to see Panama and learn not only the history, but the economics, politics, warfare, agriculture, finances, international relations, trade, and future of this amazing little country! The excellent service, respectful manner, great stories, knowledge, personal attention, promptness, extra comfort, and native insights were beyond what we expected and far above and beyond the amount we paid. He pointed out alligators, lizards, found us a fingernail-sized frog, a plate-sized tarantula, vultures, cranes, and even a sloth bear! myfriendmario,com is the only way to truly experience Panama from the Embera village to the ancient part of the city, the Colonial section, the Canal, Portobelo ... from the Pacific to the Caribbean. We loved it!

Visited August 2012
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“Good for a 1 hour visit”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is the remains of the 16th century city. There is a tower you can climb for a good view. It wouldn't take more than an hour to walk around. The handicraft area has been moved to the building next to the museum about a mile away. The museum is excellent.

Visited August 2012
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