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Casco Antiguo, Panama's Historical Soul

Enter a labyrinth of cobblestone streets and let yourself be captivated by the history that permeates every corner.  Panama's Casco Antiguo, also known as Casco Viejo, is one of the most charming and picturesque tourist destinations in Panama. Located in the heart of Panama City, this beautiful historic district is a true cultural and architectural treasure that offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience on their tour.

This place was founded in 1673 after the original city was destroyed by pirates. Since then, it has witnessed history and has been the scene of important political and cultural events. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997 due to its 17th and 18th century Spanish and French colonial architecture.

The architecture of the Casco Antiguo is a unique blend of Spanish and French styles. You can admire restored colonial buildings, cobblestone streets, wrought iron balconies and charming squares. The architectural beauty of the place will transport you back in time.

How to enjoy the destination:

To enjoy Casco Antiguo to the fullest, you can explore its cobblestone streets and admire the beauty of its architecture, visit its historic churches and plazas, enjoy local cuisine in its restaurants and bars, and immerse yourself in its rich culture through art galleries and cultural events.

  • Metropolitan Cathedral: An imposing church with a mix of architectural styles.

  • National Theater: A beautiful theater with a rich cultural history.

  • Plaza Bolivar: A picturesque plaza surrounded by historic buildings.

  • Presidential Palace: An emblematic building that houses the office of the president of Panama.

  • Interoceanic Canal Museum: A fascinating place to learn about the history of the canal.

How to get there from Panama City:

To get to Casco Antiguo from Panama City, you can take a cab or bus. It is also possible to walk if you are staying at a nearby hotel. The distance is short, so transportation will not be a problem.


  • It is recommended to bring sunscreen, light and comfortable clothing, hat or cap to protect you from the Sun and comfortable walking shoes.  

  • Explore the streets on foot to appreciate all the architectural details.

  • Enjoy the local gastronomy, taste typical dishes and visit traditional markets.

  • Participate in guided tours to learn about the history and culture of the place.

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