Two and Half Days in Panama City

Panama, Panama City Guide (B): Two and Half Days in Panama City

I found a cheap flight to Panama, so I picked up a Lonely Planet guide and figured out a week’s itinerary…three days in Panama City and three days in Boquete. Aside from the Panama Canal, I hadn’t heard much about the country, so I went with guarded expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. I found the wonderful Latin America culture coupled with some American conveniences such as safe drinking water, easy and cheap Uber rides, excellent food, and US currency. To me, this was perfect!

I stayed in Casco Viejo which is the old quarter and historic district of Panama City. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was settled in 1673 after the near complete destruction of the original Panama City, now known as Panama Viejo, in 1671. Casco Viejo is a mixture of ruins as well as abandoned and restored buildings. This section of Panama City is similar to Antigua, Guatemala or Granada, Nicaragua and not quite as popularized as Cartagena, Colombia. Originally, I booked Hotel Tantalo through Hotels.com because it looked like a cool place with a rooftop and included the use of free bicycles. The hotel emailed me a letter saying it was a party hotel. Oops…not for me! They suggested I cancel. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Two and Half Days in Panama City
Guide Location: Panama » Panama City
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Casco Viejo   Santa Rita   Las Clementinas   Panama Viejo   Mercado de Mariscos   Restaurante El Rompeolas   monument to the Panama Canal   Plazoleta Carlos V   church and convent of Saint Dominic   Compañía de Jesús   Iglesia Nuestra Señora de La Merced   Plaza de la Independencia   Plaza Simon Boliva   Plaza de Santa Ana   Café Unido   Miraflores Locks   Donde José   Biomuseo   Finca del Mar  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on author's website: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/02/19/two-days-panama-city/