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Reviewed September 1, 2013

What a great time! We downloaded the walking tour from Frommer's. it was an excellent resource with very easy to follow directions. Being on foot allowed us not only to see everything from ground level we were able to interact with locals. The style of of rebuilding is wonderful. The fronts of buildings are being saved as the interior is rebuild for the next generation. Make time to visit this changing neighborhood.

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

This part of Panama is very nice to see but parking is a nightmare. Better to have a taxi drop you off and pick you up later. Nice views of the Panama City skyline, so bring your camera.

2  Thank Nancy R
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Full of history and beautiful architecture, at night it reminds me of Venice. Dark streets open up to courtyards full of tables of people enjoying food being brought out from surrounding restaurants.
There are cops everywhere but you still have to be careful where you tread.
Lots of restaurants and couple of sorbet shops. It has a completely different vibe during the day as it does at night.

Thank TheArmenianHobo
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

One has to walk to really experience the full history and beauty of the old city. Walking through it is easy and rewarding. It really helps to have a smart phone or good guide book to understand the sites, plazas, and statutes. I didn't get much help from the locals or other tourists.

Unbelievable history! There is a plaza and monument to Simon Bolivar. Why? Well Panama was originally part of the Gran Colombia. Why is there a statue to General Tomás Herrera on horseback? Well, he helped Bolivar free the country from the Spaniards, then fought for Panamanian independence from Colombia. He lost that battle, but managed to become President of Colombia after his unsuccessful attempt at secession. That's like having Robert E. Lee being elected President after losing the Civil War! Inconceivable in the USA; true history in South America.

The entire historic city is being renovated. It is nearly impossible to drive through it as there are temporary one way streets everywhere.
NOTE: I have struggled to figure out the difference between the Casco Viejo (ranked #10) and Panama La Vieja (ranked #15). I'm convinced they are one and the same. Can anyone set me straight?

1  Thank Will G
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

This place is small in area but rich in history. It is called the Old City, but the current government is located here. The plazas, the churches, the theatre, and the museums are concentrated in this small area. I wish I had had a tour guide. While I can appreciate the beauty of the architecture, I do not know history behind it. The entire area is under renovation, which may be good or bad, depending on your position. The good thing is that the place will look modern and fancy, but the bad thing is that it may lose its historical authenticity and charm. Many shops and restaurants are closed. I dined in a simple eatery, and the owner by the name of Jose is of Chinese descent. One thin and healthy old man, who had his lunch there, was said to be a Mongolian. I enjoyed the museum about the canal, especially the Panamanian efforts to recover its ownership. It was important to get an audio aid, since there lack English language explanations. A $5 fee would cover both the visit and the audio aid.

Thank abuben
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