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“Panama is a city of contrasts and this neighbourhood is the perfect example.”
Review of Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo
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Panama City: Two Sides of San Felipe
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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 December 13, 2013

Stunning architecture and fabulous picture opportunities await you. DON'T MISS OUT. We walked this neighbourhood with two children from Canada and felt just as safe as any of our visits to large cities in the USA. It is very clear what area you should avoid - play it safe and don't go at night or bring a car into the area (narrow streets) but don't miss out on the unique beauty of this amazing part of Panama City. A clear walking map with points of interest for this area was provided with our Hop On - Hop Off Tour which kept us on the right track. We did have a hard time finding a place to eat but came upon a deli (Super Gourmet) which seemed spendy for Panama but served good food.

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

We took the Hop On Hop Off bus to the Casca Vieja/ Antigua. The Old City has interesting architecture and cobbled streets. We strolled past "gated" residential communities fiercely guarded by military-looking guards; the old Church plaza had a small marketplace selling peasant made goods. The views of Panama City overlooking the Bay were passable. We didn't try the many restaurants there. We made the mistake of walking off the tourist-recommended streets and encountered some drunk residents. Worth going to try out some of the restaurants.

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

We spent the weekend in Casco Viejo (aka Casco Antigua or San Felipe). This is the 2nd Panama City after the first one was burned. It is the remaining historical area of the city with Spanish colonial influence. As with many historical areas, it has gone into an state of disrepair. The good thing is that over the past several years the area has gone under an renovation and is still a mix of very nice hotels, restaurants, shops etc, and buildings that are in a serious need of repair. There is still a large number of families living in the area among the renvations and this gives the area an authentic feel. Because of all of the money coming into this neighborhood, the area is very safe to walk in - both day and night. The manager of the apartment we stayed in (Los Quatro Cuplianos - highly recommended) said it was safe to explore, however as you get around 10th street, things begin to change. We never encountered any issues. There are several little vendor markets around to pick up unique souveniers. Definitely worth spending some time here during your visit.

Thank rumcreme
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

We took a walking tour of the old city as an excursion from your cruise. New Panama is boring - Old Panama is quaint with interesting architecture and sightseeing. Our guide provided a wonderful narrative of the history of the old city, a lot of which is being restored to it's original condition removing years of wear and tear but keeping the architectural beauty. There are tons of small shops selling the typical tourist items, but also if you look carefully you can find lots of native crafts. Totally enjoyed the visit.

Thank Stephen G
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Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting little section of the city. Mix between up and coming restaurants and deteriorating ruins. Apparently the city has an ordinance that the façades of the buildings must be maintained but inside you'll often see nothing but rubble. Lots of great little artisan shops, great restaurants, safe place to walk around. Beautiful architecture here.

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