Panamá Viejo
Panamá Viejo
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4.0 of 5 bubbles772 reviews
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Jill
New Jersey742 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 December 21, 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 October 12, 2023
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MsKiesha
Alexandria, VA2,469 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 May 28, 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 March 13, 2023
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Rochelle F
Randolph, NJ1,046 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 January 15, 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 December 31, 2022
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DW123418
New York City, NY222 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 June 21, 2022
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parrottdize
Dyer, IN2,104 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The disappointment wasn't with the ruins but rather how we got to see them. We visited Panama City via a cruise excursion tour. The tour only drove by the ruins; it would have been so much better if we could have walked around the area. I do wonder if the area was closed because I saw no one walking the grounds. Too bad, it looked Interesting.
Written June 6, 2022
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Ruins of the original settlement near Panama City destroyed by the pirate Henry Morgan in the 1600's. Nice strolling amongst the ruins and climbing to the top of the church tower. Museum was closed due to Covid when I visited. Allow 1-2 hr for the visit. If you're short on time, Casco Viejo, Miraflores Locks and a trip to Monkey Island on Gatun lake should all be a priority over a visit here. $15 entrance fee.
Written May 18, 2022
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Carla G
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Good museum, great information and history with English narration also. Recommend contacting GuruWalk for a free walking tour of the museum and ruins with a guide and you tip them as you see fit.
Written May 3, 2022
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