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This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways and historical plazas and palaces make it a must-see on any tour.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Panama City
Avenida Central, Panama City, Panama
+507 228-9828
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Reviewed today via mobile

Casco viejo is really worth visiting! You’ll get great views there of skyline with the skyscrapers downtown. If you can manage, plan your visit in the morning between 9-11am. Then it’s really quiet and not that hot yet. (You practically have the gorgeous streets to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Weisbear
Reviewed yesterday

We arrived there part way on metro & part way taxi. The ruins are magnificent, there are cute little alleys all around, shops, cafes, boutique hotels. We visited a beautiful church - Church of San Jose (La Iglesia de San Jose). We sat in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kanchan M
Reviewed yesterday

We stayed here on our recent trip to Panama. Such an interesting place to stay, instead of the clinical new part of the city. It is a world heritage site, and is being rejuvenated and restored. We loved seeing how the local people lived, and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Karen D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We step out our door of the lovely La Isabela Suites to another world. A world of the past, teeming with current infrastructure. Great local transportation via Uber and cabs beyond count. Safe area to walk in as so many fill the streets. Buildings dating...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sj12377
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This area is quite charming. The colorful buildings and the many churches were impressive. Certainly worth a visit!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 232katiek
Reviewed 2 days ago

The altar of gold was beautiful & visit the room to the right of the altar to see the huge nativity scene

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BrooklynSally
Reviewed 2 days ago

Casco Viejo and Panama city had their 500 year old anniversary. Many of the the social artifacts will attest to this... it’s old. There are many things to see in this region and many places to rest, eat, and small shops, and to photograph. Easy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank WhyAmIStillworking
Reviewed 3 days ago

the stores that were open were nice and I was able to find several people who spoke English in order to make my trip easier. I even got to use some store's WiFi in order to get a hold of Uber. There are store for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Shelley K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My family and I went to Panama and stayed at Casco Viejo. This part of the city is beautiful, you feel like you are stuck in time. It looks a lot like Cuba. I recommend staying here if you go to Panama City. There are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank paolacM3862DD
Reviewed 4 days ago

I only had a few hours here, but I would totally come back to spend a few weeks. Such great cultural locations, restaurants, hospitality, history.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Daniel J
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13 October 2018|
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Response from Sherpa778046 | Reviewed this property |
Most pubs and restaurants have wi-fi connection, not only in the Casco, buying a local simcard is LOT cheaper than roaming.
Leon H
8 September 2018|
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Response from JackieCarlos R | Reviewed this property |
by mid day.
30 August 2018|
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Response from PanamaVagabond | Reviewed this property |
As with all things the answer is "it depends". Many hotels and guest houses have someone who speaks English. Larger restaurants that cater to the gringos will also usually have someone that speaks some English. Most... More