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Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo

Panama City, Pacific Coast & Avenida Central, Panama City, Panama

The Basics

This neighborhood is an essential stop on any Panama City itinerary. Take a guided walking tour to see landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Palacio de las Garzas, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and the National Theater. There’s a tour for every interest: Foodies can eat and drink their way through Casco Viejo, while those with an interest in the Panama Canal can combine a Casco Viejo tour with a visit to the Miraflores Locks.

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Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
$44.20 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The only walking tour you’ll need!
Alex was a great tour guide! He showed me parts of the city I know I never would have seen. He also shared so much rich history and gave me a “backstage pass” to local life. I definitely recommend this tour.
smiles4every1iknow, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Panama City

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fun historic tour of old city
Manoj_A, Jan 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Our tour guide Alex was great, showed us all of the places Suicide Squad was filmed :) Old city is very nice, historic sites, clean and well maintained, no pan handlers, views of the new city and ocean are amazing, small shops to shop for trinkets along the way, get the traditional ice
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The only walking tour you’ll need!
smiles4every1iknow, Jan 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Alex was a great tour guide! He showed me parts of the city I know I never would have seen. He also shared so much rich history and gave me a “backstage pass” to local life. I definitely recommend this tour.
star-4
Really Entertaining Local Guide!!
UglyAmerican, Dec 2021
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Alexander's stories about growing up in Casco Viejo, and his recommendations for restaurants and other activities.
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Ask for Alex! He’s the best tour guide!
Janay_B, Jan 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Alex was an amazing tour guide and so patient with our group! He knew everybody which was amazing to see so he/we felt like celebrities! 😂 We loved the food, the sightseeing, the history, the shopping, the architect! It was beautiful! My sister played ping pong with the locals and we’ll be talking about that ice cream for the rest of our lives!
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Fantastic tour with a...
Gerry_B, Dec 2021
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Fantastic tour with a real knowledge of the area and people, Loved it. Alex is a great guide and very personable
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Tour is awesome!
Taja_W, Nov 2021
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Alexander was very professional and knowledgeable about the city and country’s history. He is very charismatic and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour!
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Wonderful walk down memory lane
Sharlette_W, Oct 2021
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Wow!! What a treat Alexander was. He is clearly passionate about the history and culture of his home. He was also very knowledgeable about the area. It was a really fun and customized tour. When he learned I lived here as a child he took me to places I recalled from my high school days. It was perfect
star-4
Casco Viejo
Diana_W, Dec 2021
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Our tour guide was Alex Bigg, who is also a taxi driver. I mention this because it is what saved the day. Alex was waiting for us at the start point in Casco Viejo (wondering why we were late in arriving) when he received a call from the driver who was to collect us from the hotel. He had been in an accident on the way to get us - someone hit him from behind - and he was not going to be able to collect us. Alex sprang into action and collected us in his cab and took us to our starting point and put on his guide hat and proceeded to give us a most memorable tour. Great value for money. Challenge is to strike a balance between touring and shopping 🛍. You can easily walk around on your own, but having an experienced guide is like having a book read aloud to you as you follow the pictures. Thank you Alex!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Casco Viejo is one of Panama City’s most atmospheric neighborhoods: a must for couples, history buffs, and first-time visitors.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces; many of the streets are cobbled.

  • Sightseeing tours that include Casco Viejo can last from two to eight hours, depending on the activities included.

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How to Get There

While the Casco Viejo is well into the process of gentrification, surrounding neighborhoods are not. It’s a good idea to take a taxi, even during the day, or visit the neighborhood as part of a guided tour.

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When to Get There

It’s best to visit the neighborhood during the daytime when the majority of its attractions, restaurants, cafés, and shops are open. Some of the city’s top chefs have restaurants in the area—perfect for a dinner date—but this area tends to quiet down early.

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Attractions in Casco Viejo

For a relatively small neighborhood, there’s a ton to see and do in Casco Viejo. Learn more about the Eighth Wonder of the World at the Interoceanic Canal Museum, get a sense for the local art scene in one of several galleries, sip a cocktail at a rooftop bar, or shop for handmade indigenous crafts.

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