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I went to Panama awhile ago and meant to do some “Travel” posts, but just got really behind. So I finally took a few moments to sift through some of the images and wanted to share with you some of the places we went to. Instead of doing the whole “Resort” and “Beach” thing, we stayed downtown in the heart of the city at the Hard Rock Megapolis Hotel. Other than the Panama Canal, the Old City [aka the Casco Viejo] is probably the second most popular place to visit while in Panama.
From the hotel, it’s a bit of a walk, but there is a bike path that follows along the water, which is about 4 KMs long. Be sure to bring your walking shoes, as my sandals took a bit of a beating and started falling apart. Mind you, they were pretty old, so they’ve seen better days. My feet were hurting pretty bad by the end, so after we were done, we cabbed it back to the hotel, which was about $5 USD.
While in the Old City, you’ll find a mix of small streets, interesting colonial buildings, churches, restaurants, gift shops and residential. Some buildings were under renovation. Interesting contrast between the older part of town & the newer skyscrapers. We stopped off for lunch at Rene Cafe. Kind of a mom-and-pop restaurant where you can experience some traditional food. For $8 USD per person, we were given a generous amount of bread, salad, soup, rice, beans and choice of main dish, which we ordered chicken and fish.
The Old City was pretty safe to stroll around and take photos. There was just one small section along the path that was under construction that seemed a bit sketchy. However, there were lots of cops bordering the area telling you to go the other way if you weren’t sure. But other than that, everything was really interesting, authentic, scenic and a must-see area as the Old City was actually the former Spanish Colony.
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Photography : Tobin C
Photo Location : The Old City [aka Casco Viejo], Panama City, Panama
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