Have just a bit of time in Casco Viejo, Panama? Check out the itinerary options below!
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First, some info:
Casco Viejo is also known as: Casco Antiguo, Old Town, Old City.
Location: Approximately 35 minutes from Toucam Airport
Fun fact: President lives in this town
Things to Do
Panama Viejo Ruins
Absolutely beautiful and an incredible historical site to visit. Take an Uber for about $5-$7 from Casco Viejo and pay $10 entrance fee (for non-Panama Citizens) at the front. A driver in a 4-wheeler will pick you up and drive you to the start of the ruins. Take your time walking around as the 4-wheelers come around every 15 minutes or so and take you back to the front. If you have rented a car, there is a small parking lot at the bottom.
There are many places to view the lake. A favorite lower cost activity of mine in the area was kayaking the lake! There are so many tours and I wanted to do something on my own for not as much money. Parked at the Arenal Boat Rental Association and rented a kayak for $35 for an hour and a half. While cloudy, the views were stunning! It was cool as well to be able to check out the islands out on the water that we had seen from a distance while hiking the previous day.
Time for lunch! El Trepiche served of the most authentic food in Panama I tasted. I could not recommend them highly enough. It is located in the El Cangrejo neighborhood of Panama City, about a 15-20 minute Uber ride or drive from Casco Viejo. After your delicious cuisine, take a stroll at Metropolitan Natural Park.
Walking Tour Casco Viejo
Walking tour (or walk yourself!) around beautiful, charming Casco Viejo. If not on a walking tour, take some time to educate yourself about its heritage and how this town came to be in present day. Key sites: Cathedral, Arco Chato, French Plaza/Square
Coca Cola Cafe
For dinner, head on over to the oldest restaurant in Panama!
Other options to swap out or extend your trip include:
-Cerro Ancon Hike
-Miraflores Locks (or another viewpoint of the Panama Canal)
-Soberania National Park
That’s that! We hope you enjoy your future trip to Casco Viejo, or that we have been able to inspire some wanderlust. If you have visited and have additional tips, feel free to comment below!