Two and Half Days in Panama City

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

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))
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on Author's Website: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/02/19/two-days-panama-city/
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