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Things to do in Casco Viejo, Panama

Our most recommended things to do in Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama City: Half Day City and Panama Canal Tour

1. Panama City: Half Day City and Panama Canal Tour

Enjoy 2 hours at the fascinating Panama Canal before exploring Panama City's history and sights. Discover 4 levels of exhibitions about the Canal at the Miraflores Visitor Center.  Take a panoramic drive along the Ancon foothills where you can take in the lush greenery and learn about the area's importance during the world wars. Stop at the Amador Causeway for a chance to get some incredible photos of the city, try one of its best ceviche places, have some amazing homemade ice cream, or do some shopping. Walk through the streets of the Old Town and visit the Cathedral Basilica Santa Maria la Antigua. Take a guided walk, ending in the Plaza de Francia on the old walls that protected the city from invasion over the years.

Panama City: Legends of Casco Viejo Sightseeing Tour

2. Panama City: Legends of Casco Viejo Sightseeing Tour

Walk around Casco Viejo with a local guide, explore the historic centre and travel back in time to the golden days of this extraordinary part of the city. The guide will tell you interesting facts and stories of love, glory and fortune, but also of intrigue, war and conflict. She or he can also advise you on where to eat and where to drink during your stay. By the end of the tour you’ll know more than a local! This is a tour made for lovers of outdoor walks, it is made for people like you, who yearn to find experiences with real local people. After meeting your tour guide, she/he will lead you through Plaza Herrera, Plaza de Francia, Plaza Bolivar, Plaza de la Independencia, church of San Jose, the Cathedral, Santo Domingo church, the Presidential Palace, the “bóvedas” or dungeons, the Nacional Theater, and other interesting sites that Casco has to offer. There will also be opportunities to visit artisan shops, coffee shops, ice cream shops, and restaurant recommendations to make the most of your day in one of the most popular neighborhoods of Panama. You can eather meet your guide at the starting point or be picked up from a location, hotel or accommodation within the city area, just make sure to select the correct booking option. Also, we have enough umbrellas for everyone in case it rains, leave your worries behind.

Panama City: Guided Panama Canal & City Tour with Transfers

3. Panama City: Guided Panama Canal & City Tour with Transfers

First arrive to the Miraflores Visitor's Center look for the transit to the vessels in the Panama Canal, there you can see when the vessels raise and through the Miraflores lake and continue the raise to Pedro Miguel Locks, next trough for the bridge of Americas for look the panoramic air view for the New Locks, and the line for the vessels waiting your turn for transit for the canal, stop in the Flamingo island for take the picture to the big Panama sign and see the natural fishbowl, and finish in the marvel Casco Antiguo, there we'll walk or make the panoramic view to the churches and squares. Tour time around 4 to 5 hours.

Panama City: Historic District and Canal Tour with Transfer

4. Panama City: Historic District and Canal Tour with Transfer

Explore the highlights of Panama City in the company of a local to acquire a deeper sense of appreciation for its history and culture. Travel through the many landmarks along the Panama Canal, explore the Causeway Islands, and stroll through the historic Casco Viejo. Enjoy a transfer from your accommodation and begin your journey by heading over to the canal. Stop by the Miraflores Locks to observe how ships travel through them. Allow your guide to give you a thorough explanation of the locks' functions and the canal's operations. Move on to gaze at the famous Bridge of the Americas. Drive around the incredible Causeway Islands, sitting at the end of the canal and connected to the mainland by a narrow road. Take in the city skyline from afar, then stop for an optional Panamanian lunch at your own expense. Explore the historic district of Casco Viejo, the oldest part of the city. Walk around the charming streets as you learn about the major sites and browse through the ancient squares for the most amazing handicrafts. End your journey with a transfer back to your hotel.

Panama City: Miraflores Locks and Casco Viejo Tour

5. Panama City: Miraflores Locks and Casco Viejo Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Panama City and travel to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Learn how the ships rise and descend 16 meters to pass through the locks. Explore the 4 exhibitions at the Miraflores Visitors Center which pays tribute to one of the Eight Wonders of the Modern World. Learn about the biodiversity, functionality, and importance of the Panama Canal internationally.   Continue to the Calzada de Amador, where you will find the sea wall constructed by the United States to protect the navigable course of the Panama Canal. Make a quick stop at the duty-free where you'll have some free time to buy some items tax-free. Next, stop at the artisan market of Casco Viejo, an area of diverse architectural influences. Finally, head to the statue of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and then be returned to your hotel in the city.

Panama: Private Layover Panama Canal & City Tour

6. Panama: Private Layover Panama Canal & City Tour

Take a short 5-hour private tour from your city hotel. Take a fascinating close look at the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Visitor Center and learn about the city culture and history in the old town Casco Viejo. Take a fascinating close look at the Panama Canal visitor center and learn about the city culture and history in the old town Casco Viejo. Start with a visit to Miraflores Locks where you will have the opportunity to watch the operation of the canal closely and see the ships passing by, depending on canal schedule. Next, drive around Causeway Amador for pictures and then head to Casco Viejo, Panama City’s old town, for a walking tour. See the beautiful houses and charming shops and restaurants. Located on a peninsula of the city, close to the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo is a World Heritage Site and one of the main tourist spots in the Panamanian capital.

A Taste of Panama - Food Tour

7. A Taste of Panama - Food Tour

Explore a different view of Panama and enjoy a local guided tour with fellow citizens of earth. Get to know this beautiful country by learning local history and tasting Panamanian gourmet food and drinks. Begin your tour in Casco Viejo for a warm up welcome session. Meet in a bar in Casco Town, then follow it up with a round of appetizers of completely domestic products. Take your chance to see some great sights, and plenty of time for photos. Afterward, find yourself at a great museum and learn a bit of the history of indigenous tribes. Have a great time with an intimate group and entertaining guide.

Panama City: Private Walking Tour

8. Panama City: Private Walking Tour

Panama’s capital offers you the chance to discover Casco Viejo. The area features a unique mix of architectural styles, each revealing a certain part of the country’s eventful history. Making a layover in Panama City? Looking for a layover walking tour in Panama City? Why Panama City’s Casco Viejo was designed as UNESCO World Heritage? Which is the connection between Panama City and the Eighth Wonder of the World? Is Panama City the new jazz capital of Latin America? You will have the chance to discover Palacio de las Garzas, Bolivar Park, Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, Teatro Nacional, and other interesting sights. Get ready to experience Panama from a different perspective. A charismatic local guide will reveal interesting facts about Casco Antiguo of Panama City. You will also get to experience the following attractions: - Panama Canal Museum - San Francisco Church - Arco Chato - France Square

Casco Viejo, Panama: 2-hour family walking tour

9. Casco Viejo, Panama: 2-hour family walking tour

Discover the historic heart of Panama with a walking tour through the city's old quarter, designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. Go off the beaten path on this two-hour sightseeing tour that takes you past San Francisco de Asis and San José churches in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along the waterfront with a professional guide who can tell you about Panama's revolutionary past, pirate escapades, and more in a fun and interactive way. Marvel at the majestic mix of Spanish, French, and early American architectural styles at a relaxed and easy pace.

Top sights in Casco Viejo, Panama

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What people are saying about Casco Viejo, Panama

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 135 reviews

This tour was awesome!! Our tour guide was Andres, he picked us up at the airport by request and he got there on time… He was very knowledgeable and super funny! He spent almost the whole day with us!! He took us at a Panamian restaurant because I wanted to try Panamian food ☺️.. Andres, made sure that we had a good time.. recommended!! Worth ever penny.. we definitely would do another tour with him, without thinking about it…

An all around great experience. Our guide, Juan Carlos Valdez from Conoza Panama Tours was a exceptional. If you want a tour you won't forget this is the one to take. We had a great day and enjoyed our time in Panama City, Panama. Highly recommended!

Our guide Yasiel is one of the most knowledgeable guides I have had on my many vacations. He knew the history of Casco Viejo and was very patient with our questions. His friendliness also Jade our experience a lot of fun.

The tour was a great overview of the city and Miguel was a fantastic guide

Loved our tour guide great experience lots of walking but worth it