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Review of Panama La Vieja

Panama La Vieja
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$125.00*
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Full-Day Tour of Panama City, Panama
Ranked #30 of 185 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.
Reviewed December 4, 2012

As usual, the government let this historical site go to rack and ruin, before realizing that tourism to this site actually generates money. OOOWW there is that word...money. The current government is trying to repair and maintain what is left thankfully. To look at how these buildings were made is fascinating considering the tools they had at their disposal. A worthwhile visit , read the stories on the plaques and visit the museum / tourist centre a little farther down the road.

Thank WellHeeledAussie
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

A lot of effort is underway to preserve the Old World Charm of the narrow paved streets and buildings. Great place to explore, don't miss the Canal museum for another perspective of the construction of the locks and recent turnover to Panama government in 1999.

Thank 6andersons1world
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

This area is just not there yet. Area has much construction and other areas are just rundown. On the plus side saw several marching bands perform one Sunday around a square and a battle of drummers between/after the bands perform.

Thank harpo1948
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

There is not much left of this historic site. Even though Panamanians are proud of the reconstruction, I would pass on it and visit the Casco Viejo instead. It is interesting, however, to view the shiny new condo towers of the Costa del Este in the distance and contrast them with the old red bricks of the ruins.

Thank DanoCanada
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Wandering the grounds of Panama Vieja makes you wonder what life was like for the people who lived there hundreds of years ago. Now only ruins remain, but excavation and renovation are ongoing. There are signs posted at various locations on the grounds that give some background about what was there. The visitor center - some distance from the primary ruins with the tower of the cathedral - has a nice museum that really makes the ruins "come alive". There is a fee, but it is well worth a visit. And that is where the restrooms are.

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