Panama Viejo Travel Guide

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Panama Viejo Overview

Panama La Vieja (Old Panama) is the name used for the architectural vestiges of the Monumental Historic Complex of the first Spanish city founded on the Pacific coast of the Americas by Pedro Arias de Avila on 15 August 1519. This city was the starting point of the expeditions that conquered the Inca Empire in Peru (1532).

The fire, destruction and pillage that was caused by Henry Morgan in 1671 provoked the move and construction of a new city in 1673, which today is known as the Old City Center or Colonial Panama.

Panama La Vieja (Old Panama) was declared a Historic Monumental Complex by Law 91 of 22 December 1976.

How to get there?

From Panama City Downtown it only is a 10 to 15 minute drive by car, taxi or bus.

What to see?

A visit to this important historic city may begin with a stop at the visitors center of the foundation were you can see a big maquette of the city in all its splendor. In the same building the visitor will also find a handicraft market and a Typical Panamanian restaurant.

The museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm and on Sundays from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm. Entrance costs $USD 1.00 per person.

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