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  • Address: Panama City, Pacific Coast & Avenida Central
Panama City's oldest surviving neighborhood is also its most defensible, a tejas-tiled cluster of primly painted colonial buildings at the tip of a heavily fortified peninsula. These ramparts successfully protected the first Spanish settlement on the Pacific Coast, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After decades of neglect, Casco Viejo is finally being revitalized. New hotels and restaurants, some quite elegant, are occupying the centuries-old buildings. Iconic landmarks like El Arco Chato (Flat Arch), which may date to neighborhood's founding in 1671; the 1798 Metropolitan Cathedral; and many other pretty plazas, palaces, markets, and gold-gilt churches have been refurbished, as have the narrow streets, draped in flowery French balconies, which connect them. Well worth a wander.

Practical Info

While the Casco Viejo is well into the process of gentrification, surrounding neighborhoods are not - they are gritty.

Take a taxi, even during the day, unless you're quite comfortable with impoverished areas such as those that surround the old town.

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Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores Locks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 89 Reviews

See the best of Panama City — from sea level to hilltop, canal to islands — on this full-day sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable local guide, who will regale ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.99

Taste of Panama City: Walking Tour with Food and Drinks in Casco Viejo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Eat and drink your way through Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo district, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter, which dates back to the 1670s and is ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.99

Panama City Folkloric Show and Dinner

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Enjoy an evening at an authentic Panama City folkloric show, which features local dancers and acoustic music. Marvel at the intricately decorated ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99

Private Panama City Tour from the Beach Resorts

Staying at one of Panama's beautiful beach resorts but still want to see Panama City´s most famous attractions and historical sites in first class style ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.00

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