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Panama La Vieja

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Address: Via Cinquantenaire, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: +507 226-8915
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Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde estuvo...

Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde estuvo ubicada la Ciudad de Panamá en su primera fundación en elsiglo XVI.

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Panama Vieja, not Casco Veijo

Nice set of ruins within the city. Private tour with lots of back story. Small but interesting museum. Loved the story about how in 1940 Panama issued it's own dollar bills and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Its necessary to go to Panama la Vieja to understand the history of Panama. Country that long before the Panama Canal, was already a place of economic exchange and the passage for many cultures.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The site of the former capital of Panama is scattered over a small area, but consists almost entirely of ruins in the truest sense. Most of what is here are simply piles of rocks, with little in the way of standing structures. The exceptions are at the far end of the complex, where the former church has been partially restored... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband is so over seeing ruins but I still think the historical significance is fascinating. We had a very limited time there since we were on a tour from out ship. There was a lot of shade and it was overcast the day we were there but I would strongly suggest a hat and water on a typical day.... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice set of ruins within the city. Private tour with lots of back story. Small but interesting museum. Loved the story about how in 1940 Panama issued it's own dollar bills and then.....

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Bermuda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very unhappy that I had not been here sooner.My visit was only for a couple hours but I was most impressed by what I saw. I particularly like the architecture and the quaint old streets. I also enjoyed the cultural activity which was on display. On return to Panama, that will be my first destination.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I bought the combo ticket which includes the museum, but noone checked my ticket there, so you could likely just buy the archaelogical site ticket at the entrance. I enjoyed my walk through the ruins, which are pretty well-documented in the signs. Lots of beautiful trees, and nice backdrops of Panama skyscrapers. Good way to kill an hour or two.... More 

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Westlake Village, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we were there really early to avoid the heat and we had the place to ourselves. Not much information on the grounds, the tram ride offered a nice end to a walk.

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Whitehorse, Yukon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a unesco world heritage site, and they have done a good job of preserving the site. It's a really nice site to walk through; the museum at the start of the tour is ok, but it's quite small given the size of the site. Be prepared to walk, it's quite a large site, but well worth the visit.

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Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Nice area with many historic buildings. Part of the buildings are in dire need of reapair. Good place for eating dinner on one of the ain squares.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I went to the ruins museum first which was quite simple but informative about the history of the ruins. I walked the ruins even though there is a small trolley that takes you around and you hop on and off at your convenience. if you go on a sunny day, take sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat or even an umbrella. it... More 

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