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  • Casco Viejo
    rolando
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    5 Jun 01, 2014

    Casco Viejo is the perfect place if you visit Panama City, within just few minutes by taxi from the city center, you can enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the many restaurants surrounded by stunning architecture.

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  • Casco Viejo
    Luis A
    5 May 28, 2013

    Lots of history and great restaurants and night life. It´s a must visit place when in Panama. Take a taxi as the streets are narrow and can get congested at times and there´s never a place to park nearby your destination.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Mel S Wong
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    4 Dec 11, 2012

    Casco Viejo, Old Town Panama is where we were able to take in some colonial building architecture in the City. There are many many restaurants, bars and lounges in this area and is very tourist friendly HOWEVER, we were told getting to and from it on foot in the area AROUND it is not so safe. Hence we hired a car.

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  • Casco Viejo
    Terry Gardner
    5 Nov 20, 2012

    This is historic Panama and an ideal place to stay during a visit because you will find a mix of old and new. When the New York team behind Tantalo Hotel, Kitchen and Rooftop Bar were looking for a place to create a boutique hotel in Panama, realtors encouraged them to pick a spot in Panama City, but Blesso Properties fell for Casco Viejo, and they transformed a 1970's era apartment building into the artsy and eco Tantalo Hotel. Although we took a bicycle tour of Casco, I would recommend walking because cars and roadways are not yet bike-friendly.

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  • Casco Viejo
    Carlie Yapp
    2 Sep 22, 2012

    Let me start off by saying the 17th century Caribbean architecture here is a must see.

    Unfortunately, this place is also the tourist trap that you are pretty much forced to go to if you want to check it out (bad traffic, overpriced food and street folks hitting you up for change). I would spend a few hours here; check out the churches and the walkway with view of the Panama City skyline, have a Balboa beer at one of the bars and then head back. You'll see what I mean when you go here. It's that must see because you want to do the site seeing but it leaves you with a "probably never come back" thought in the back of your mind.

    Secondly, the local government is making significant effort to upgrade the buildings in this district. To those of you that appreciate old world architecture; you will cringe at the site of these beautiful buildings and pebble roads being turned into Disneyworld looking buildings and Red brick roads. Boring. I guess it would cost too much money to restore these buildings to their original condition. Whoever thought this would be a good idea...well...nuff said.

    This place is also known as San Felipe and Casco Antiguo.

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  • Casco Viejo
    Elida Barria
    5 Aug 12, 2012

    El Casco viejo : su arquitectura no es moderna, pero es un lugar que gusta ver la diferencia entre lo moderno, un bello paraje es EL PASEO DE LAS BOBEDAS, lugar encantador,. dont miss to visit this place if you visit Panama

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  • Casco Viejo
    Scott Leviton
    4 Aug 12, 2012

    El Casco Viejo - the Old Town of Panama City - provides a magical glimpse into traditional Panama City, before the skyscrapers and traffic. Mildly reminiscent of Cartagena, El Casco Viejo delivers old churches, sleepy town squares, and traditional Panamanian eateries.

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    Arit NC
    3 Aug 12, 2012

    I liked Casco Viejo, I won't say that I didn't. I will say that it's not a place where you need to spend more than a few hours. We walked around and saw the colorful buildings being restored, and then stopped for an extended break at a cafe in the central square, choosing to cool off with a mojito rather than continue to walk. I'd recommend this part of the city for its historic value, being that it's the original heart of Panama City. I would also recommend it for it's strange and beautiful graffiti that adorns the walls of many of the buildings.

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  • Casco Viejo
    K.C. Hardin
    5 Feb 04, 2014

    More than just the historic district, Casco Viejo is also the cultural heart of the city. It is edgy, so if you like cute painted museum-like old quarters then Casco might not be your cup of tea. But if you like authentic places where there is music in the streets and life doesn't revolve around tourists then you'll dig it here. I live in the neighborhood so feel free to send me questions.

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  • Casco Viejo
    RolandoPeralta
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    this is a peace of history in Panama. You shouldn't miss it.
    Great restaurants and buildings and a fantastic view of the city.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • Casco Viejo
    doodles
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    4 Mar 23, 2014

    Great place on the bay in old town

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    Michel N
    4 May 28, 2013
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    Jennifer Hayward-Doll
    5 Jul 14, 2012
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    Marko Esquivel
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    En la casa de Ruben Blades!

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    Renata Konrad
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Casco Viejo (Panama City)

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    5 May 24, 2012
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    5 Mar 18, 2013
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    5 Jun 02, 2013
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    5 May 11, 2012
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    4 May 18, 2011
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4.5 out of 5
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Built and settled in 1671 after the destruction of Panama Viejo (the original location of the City of Panama) by the privateer Henry Morgan, Casco Viejo de Panama (also known as Casco Antiguo and San Felipe) was constructed as a walled city on a peninsula 8 kilometers away from Panama Viejo to protect its settlers against future pirate attacks. Casco Antiguo was designated a World Heritage Site in ... read more
2003. Currently under a revitalization process, Casco Antiguo displays a mix of architectural styles, which in turn reflect the cultural diversity of the country: Caribbean, Republican, Art Deco, French and Colonial arquitecture mix in a site comprising around 800 buildings. Most of Panama Citys main monuments are located in Casco Antiguo: The Salón Bolivar, The Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), The National Theater (founded in 1908), Las Bovedas Monument, La Iglesia de La Merced, La Iglesia San Felipe Neri, etc. The distinctive Golden Altar at Iglesia San José (Saint Joseph's Church) was one of the few items saved from Panama Viejo during the 1671 pirate siege. It was buried in mud during the siege and then secretly transported to its present location. As an example of true urban redevelopment, Casco Antiguo has become one of the main tourist attractions of Panama City, second only to the Panama Canal. Both government and private sectors are working on its restoration. source: Wikipedia

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