Casco Viejo, also known as Casco Antiguo, and commonly referred to as Old Panama City by Tourists is the Colonial district of Panama City. Literally translating to “Old Quarter,” Casco is known for its colorful buildings built by the Spanish and French in the late 17th century.
In 1904, when the United States began to break ground on the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo was the only Panama City. Eventually being abandoned due to the modern city’s expansion, Casco became a more dangerous slum. Today, Casco is undergoing a transformation, turning it from slum into up-and-coming neighborhood.
After being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, many poor-er residents were forced out of the pastel-facaded buildings into the city’s outskirts. Rey, our tour guide, explained that the government, in order to preserve the city’s colonial appearance, has placed a height-restriction on the preservation efforts, meaning that if a new owner comes in, they are not allowed to make the current structure any taller than it already is.
What to See
Casco is home to many historic buildings, such as churches, and houses the home of the Panamanian President. The presence of police and security is very obvious.
You can look around La Iglesias de San Jose, look into the Compañia de Jesus (Society of Jesus), marvel at the Arco Chato (which is still standing from colonial times), and marvel at all of the typical houses in la Plaza de la Independencia.
While walking around, you can peak into unique art galleries, explored ancient churches, and passed by unique street art, basically everything a modern city has to offer.
The Canal Museum, which costs $2 USD to enter and $4 for an English-speaking audio tour.
Experience Casco’s nightlife, it is very vibrant.
How to See Casco Viejo
If you are planing to visit Panama, Don’t miss the opportunity to go to Casco Viejo. Alcar Transport will be pleased to Take you. Feel Free to contact us for more information