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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
$44.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great afternoon in Casco Vieja
Guide, I think his name was Alex, was wonderful. We had a great time. He was very knowledgeable and informative.
Randall_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Panama City

star-5
Great tour, Giovanni was a Awesome tour guide!
Quintanyamoat, May 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Giovanni was a wonderful tour guide. I learned so much. She was absolutely a pleasure to tour with. Thankfully I was the only person on my tour and we spent the afternoon touring throughout Casco Viejo. I highly recommend you take this your and hopefully lucky enough to tour with Giovanni!
star-5
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
star-5
This guy is the best
Anjail_O, May 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
You know you're on the right tour when your guide gets a wave and hello on every block. Alex was great. A local, respected guy who took us where every tour goes and where other tours just don't go. Download Whatsapp. So easy to communicate with the guides and tour operators. We has a slight change in schedule and got a message right away.
star-5
Recommended!
Susan_S, Apr 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
What a thorough and enjoyable tour. There's a lot of history, architecture, and human stories in Casco Viejo. Giovanni is a fabulous tour guide who, with a smile, shares a ton of information with you as you walk through all areas of Casco. And the pace was perfect, we covered a lot of ground and she made it fun and casual. She is a wealth of information. She obviously loves Panama's people and history. She is a natural educator. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Alex was amazing!
shay, Apr 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Alex was an incredible guide giving us a perspective of the city we would have never known! We were lucky to be the only two on the tour, which was a special treat. He says he tailor is tours to the people he’s guiding, giving everyone a truly unique experience! He had great recommendations for food and clubs that we appreciated as well! If you book this tour you will not regret it! Have fun experiencing Panama, because we sure did!
star-5
Informative and friendly
Matthew_G, Apr 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
We enjoyed the waking tour, there were only 3 of us so lots of chances to discuss the history and interact with our guide. Our original guide could not make it because of traffic/protests but they had a very nice guide show up fairly quickly to fill in and she was great (can’t remember the exact pronunciation of her name but she was local). I would recommend.
star-5
Amazing tour
Kimberly_S, Apr 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
An amazing trip with Alex. He made me and my family feel at home. Such a great experience. Everyone needs to go on this tour
star-5
Alex was great.
Jeffrey_L, Apr 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
We had a great time with Alex, he made it fun and interesting even though we had down pours through most of our Tour. I wish all of our tours were with him.
star-5
This tour was great! I...
Marcel_M, Jan 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
This tour was great! I came to Panama with my mother and was interested in seeing the history of casco viejo and see the community. Alexander was very informative and knew his information
star-4
Very informative and fun
karen_m, Apr 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Giovanni was a great tour guide. Lots of energy and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about the history of the area that put the architecture and other sights in context. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Book with Mr Biggs!
cece1889, Apr 2022
Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo
Alex was great! Very engaging and friendly. Knowledgeable and skilled in his craft. He also offers other tours around Panamá so great and trusted one stop shop!
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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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