Casco Viejo is the colonial city of Panama, a little section of a peninsula that is a world away from the traffic choked streets and the glittering high rises of one of the most vibrant cities in Latin America. Here the narrow cobblestone streets form a labyrinth of high walls and tiled roofs. The architecture is reminiscent of Bourbon Street, the plazas surrounded by old churches and the views of the harbor worthy of postcards. It was interested to see that in some areas, only the facades of buildings remained - the interiors were gutted, and without roofs, but from the outside, the tight wall to wall construction of European cities appears intact. The restaurants here are expensive - once a pocket of poverty, this neighborhood has gentrified significantly over the past ten years. The president of Panama lives here, and a big part of the last James Bond movie was filmed here (unfortunately, one of the coolest set pieces, the Club Union officers' club right on the ocean, was torn down after filming, I don't know why they did that.) You shouldn't come to Panama City without exploring this neighborhood.