Day 87: Bocas del Toro - Panama City

Panama City Travel Blog

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Casco Viejo
 

In order to save time we took a plane to Panama City, rather than spending 20+ hours in the bus. Leaving Bocas Town early in the morning, we were fully checked in and ready to explore the city by lunchtime.


Panama City... the end destination of my journey. A few more days and it would all be over - had it really been three months already? No time to get all sentimental though, as there was some serious sightseeing to do.


We headed to Casco Viejo, the old town (though not the historic town). This was an easy choice for half a day's worth of sightseeing, because it didn't involve any planning or booking or entrance fees. It was just a matter of catching a southbound bus and get off at the right stop.

Central Panama City skyline


Casco Viejo, though most definitely one of the more seedy areas of Panama, is also one of the most interesting and picturesque. This is the site where Panama was rebuilt in 1674, three years after the original site had been razed and plundered by pirates.


From this peninsula you have great views across the Bahia Panamá of the central Panama City skyline, while the area itself is also very picturesque with its cobblestone streets and colonial buildings.


As a capital city Panama City is a bit of a weird one. It looks huge, with modern skyscrapers dominating the central skyline. I figured this was the largest city since leaving Mexico City, and found it a fitting conclusion to my trip, to start and end in the two largest country capitals of Central America.

Casco Viejo
Only then did I found out there are less than half a million people actually living in this city. So in terms of size this is only a small town in this region. Mexico alone has at least two dozen cities larger, but also the other country capitals, Guatemala, Salvador, Tegucigalpa, Managua... even the greater San José area, all are larger than the Panamanian capital. Yet Panama City is definitely the most modern, the richest and most Americanised capital of all.


The advantage of a large city is that there is at least some sort of night life scene, something which had been somewhat lacking at most of the places we'd visited in Costa Rica and Panama. At all those places we had been restricted to the touristy places for our fix of alcohol and dance. At least here we would be able to mingle with the locals a bit more.


We put on our smart clothes and headed to the Calle Uruguay area, the hippest and happiest part of town. At which point I find it difficult to continue my story. I can't remember much of it, really, so it must have been a good night!

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Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
Central Panama City skyline
Central Panama City skyline
Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
Central Panama City as seen from C…
Central Panama City as seen from …
Casco Viejo as seen from Central P…
Casco Viejo as seen from Central …
Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
Central Panama City skyline
Central Panama City skyline
Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
biiig birds in Casco Viejo
biiig birds in Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo
big birds everywhere
big birds everywhere
big birds everywhere
big birds everywhere
the view from our hotel room in ce…
the view from our hotel room in c…
Panama City
photo by: Biedjee