Panamá Viejo
Panamá Viejo
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  • MsKiesha
    Alexandria, Virginia2,484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    If you love learning about the history of different cultures and customs this is a really great exhibit. The ruins are very clean and humbling. The staff were really great and I appreciated the air in the museum and the ride from entrance to museum because it was very hot.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • AndMH
    Gilroy, California267 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting, but not for all people
    If you are interested in history, it's worth a trip. other than the cathedral tower it is a large area full of ruins. It was a moderate size town with 7 convents that all appeared large. The Museum is interesting, but mainly a reading one rather than one of many items. on display. It takes a while to get there (30 mins from Casco Antiqua) but only costs around $5 on Uber.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2024
  • Thecatsmum4
    Kettering, United Kingdom2,260 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative site on past Panama City
    Worth a visit whilst in the city of Panama, the site is predominently ruins, but you can climb the remaining church tower with views over the new city. There is a museum on site which gives further insight into the past. Accessable for disabled visitors as there is a small road train from the gate to the museum.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 March 2024
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Rajkumaran D
Herndon, VA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It’s definitely worth the visit if you have about an hour or two to spend in Panama City. Lot of history and very well maintained.
Written 7 April 2024
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Thecatsmum4
Kettering, UK2,260 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Worth a visit whilst in the city of Panama, the site is predominently ruins, but you can climb the remaining church tower with views over the new city. There is a museum on site which gives further insight into the past.

Accessable for disabled visitors as there is a small road train from the gate to the museum.
Written 28 March 2024
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AndMH
Gilroy, CA267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you are interested in history, it's worth a trip. other than the cathedral tower it is a large area full of ruins. It was a moderate size town with 7 convents that all appeared large. The Museum is interesting, but mainly a reading one rather than one of many items. on display. It takes a while to get there (30 mins from Casco Antiqua) but only costs around $5 on Uber.
Written 2 March 2024
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Jill
New Jersey760 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023
I always think it's important to learn about the place you are visiting and we did just that at Panama Viejo. It is very unassuming as you pull up, but hop on the cart (or walk) and you will find some beautiful ruins and a very informative museum.
Written 21 December 2023
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Agnes H
Temecula, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautiful piece of hiatory. This is one of the oldest settlements in the Americas. Very interesting history. These are ruins, not sure what other people were expecting by the bad reviews. I don’t know why anyone would give a bad review to a wonderful piece of history. There is a museum that is informative about the history, pirate invasion and destruction of the old city. There are quite. A few ruins and stairs to climb up to the top of the tower.

It is true that the Ruins adjacent to Rio Abajo- which isn’t a great part of town. Don’t expect to walk around the neighborhood or eat nearby. We walked from a nearby neighborhood ( Coco DelMar) which was fine, but once you reach the ruins from that point onward the neighborhood gets sketchy.

However, the ruins are well protected/ fenced off, and we felt totally safe. We were there at dusk, and they were many people taking photographs in the ruins, and we never felt unsafe walking back to the entrance. (We skipped the tram.)
Overall, nice historical site. As I said, this was one of the oldest settlements in the Americas, and as such is a pretty significant piece of history.
Written 12 October 2023
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MsKiesha
Alexandria, VA2,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
If you love learning about the history of different cultures and customs this is a really great exhibit. The ruins are very clean and humbling. The staff were really great and I appreciated the air in the museum and the ride from entrance to museum because it was very hot.
Written 28 May 2023
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Martha
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Panama Vieno isn’t the same as Casco Viejo, I was really confused first but now I understand. Honestly prefer Casco Viejo, not much to see but tons of history assured, prepare your imagination.
Written 13 March 2023
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Rochelle F
Randolph, NJ1,118 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We have seen most of sites in Panama City and the day was nice so ventured here. No need to have a guide unless you are a history buff. The site has beautiful trees and there is shade around them

There is some signage in both Spanish and English which describes the various ruins. It is worth climbing the tower as there are 3 levels of lookouts
Which give you a different perspective.

The museum is also interesting. Signs are in both languages which is helpful. We went on a Sunday and there was a tram which took us from visitor center to
The tower part but if not you can easily walk it.
Written 15 January 2023
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sussexrowmark
Rye, UK512 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
A piece of history, in the early 1500s Panama Viejo was the first city on the Pacific to be settled by the Spanish. The ruins were largely plundered for use elsewhere after being burnt down by buccaneer Henry Morgan. We enjoyed walking through the trees and around the museum. No guide required - take a taxi and read the information by the exhibits.
Written 31 December 2022
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DW123418
New York City, NY226 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
There isn't that much to do in Panama City so we ventured out to visit the site of Viejo Panama. It's a hot and sticky walk through the ruins aren't much to look at and there is very little signage to explain. The modern museum at the end of the walk is definitely the best part of this site. Some moderestly interesting exhibits about the colonial and pre-colonial history of Panama.
Written 21 June 2022
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