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“a different side of the city”
Review of Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo
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$76.00*
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Taste of Panama City: Walking Tour with Food and...
Ranked #2 of 126 things to do in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways and historical plazas and palaces make it a must-see on any tour.
Reviewed October 26, 2012

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.

1  Thank Elliot S
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Casco antiguo is a great place for eating and walking around. It feels a little bit like being on pirates of the caribbean!! It is also a great tourist attraction. However, there is a lot of construction going on with tons of street closures and that made it a bit messy.

1  Thank Leonardo N
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

I somewhat disagree with most people here... I agree that this is an amazing, charming part of the city with great history and architecture, which is the reason to go NOW. After all this new construction it will not have the same charm and will be over run with cruise ship dwellers. If you have a sense of adventure and don't like seeing places after they have been spoiled, go now. I never felt "unsafe" but you also have to be smart when traveling... all cities have areas you shouldn't wander into after dark, the same applies here.

4  Thank jpkappy
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Charming but there is a lot of reconstruction going on. I found a whole in the wall bar that make the best Caparinas for cheap I wish I could remember the name.

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Please take a half day tour walking around the Old City, I recommend you to contact Barefoot Panama, Kevin is a great tour guide. Walking around you will know more about this amazing city.

1  Thank LoveChichi
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