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Panama City Travel Blog

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Our first room at the Hospedaje Casco Vieja.

We decided to Stay in Casco Viejo , the old city of Panama, even though Lonely planet said it might be a bit shady....a few years ago the hotels here rented out rooms by the hour.....
When we came with our taxi from Tocumen airport (was 30$) it was about 23:00 in the wvening, and he drove us into this area of the docks where dark figures were roaming about doing who-knows-what.......
Then he kept on in further and further in the deserted,lonely streets of Casco Viejo...I was starting to think it was the wrong place to stay, but quickly realised after only a day in the city , that this as actually the best place to stay!

Casco 'Viejo is a much more Scenic and interesting place to be then in the "new" town.

Torunn taking picture of the city
It is a place where the streets and buildings are soaked with history and personality. We spent our morning roaming about here , enjoying seeing the enourmous difference of culture and architecture then what we`re used to.We even had our own english guide showing us around. She even took us to the presidencial palace , which proved out to be about 200 meters from our hostel...pretty spaced to be living almost door to door to the president, we even almost convinced here to let us go shake his hands , that should have been fun! I could have offered to be an ambassador of Norway ! I`m sure the Norwegian-Panamanian relationship(if it exists) could use some promoting !
 Also the panamanian beer is great ! which means that we are sure to stop at every waterhole we pass to get a nice cooling "Panama" or "Balboa".
Loads of 1$ clothes here !

The tip of the penisula at Casco Viejo offers some hefty views of the center of Panama city, and also there`s loads of these amazing birds, mostly gigantic pelicans chasing after fish. .

After lunch we followed the Calles central to a big shopping street with loads of shops selling clothes for 1$ for each garment...pretty crazy, but the panamanians seem to love it ! We even did a bit of shopping here, but tried to focus on quality and brands more then getting the one dollar pants.
Then we kept going for the center of the city , as I wanted to see the skyscrapers up close....and this was nicely done from the promenade. Seems like Panama is`nt suffering too much of the economic crisis as half the skyscapers in the city are in the process of beeing made !

 

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Our first room at the Hospedaje Ca…
Our first room at the Hospedaje C…
Torunn taking picture of the city
Torunn taking picture of the city
Loads of 1$ clothes here !
Loads of 1$ clothes here !
the shopping street in Central ave…
the shopping street in Central av…
view from the room
view from the room
Old building in old city
Old building in old city
Nice barbeque meal with beers
Nice barbeque meal with beers
square in old city
square in old city
Big statue in old city
Big statue in old city
the tip of the penisula with its l…
the tip of the penisula with its …
Square
Square
View of the new town from the old …
View of the new town from the old…
Garden walk leading to the tip
Garden walk leading to the tip
Loads of pelicans round here!
Loads of pelicans round here!
The new city
The new city
The boaTS WAITING to get into the …
The boaTS WAITING to get into the…
view towards the canal
view towards the canal
Bridge of the americas
Bridge of the americas
some strange local icecream, not t…
some strange local icecream, not …
old catholic church
old catholic church
We were guided around by this woman
We were guided around by this woman
The narrow streets of Casco Vieja
The narrow streets of Casco Vieja
Torunn and the guide
Torunn and the guide
Presidencial palace
Presidencial palace
The presidential palace
The presidential palace
Secretary of foreign affairs
Secretary of foreign affairs
mmmmm yummy barbeque food , althou…
mmmmm yummy barbeque food , altho…
Big breasted manequin
Big breasted manequin
Funny Panama buses
Funny Panama buses
Clothes for the price of a banana !
Clothes for the price of a banana !
Panama city from the highway
Panama city from the highway
Me with the city behind , just as …
Me with the city behind , just as…
Torunn in front of city
Torunn in front of city
alternative colour selection
alternative colour selection
The city at night
The city at night
Panama City Hostels review
Scenic place with the perfect location!
This is a vey good place to stay indeed ! first day we came here it was a bit more rustique then what we`d expected , but we soon found it to be a par… read entire review
Panama City
photo by: Biedjee