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When visiting Panama’s Old City (Casco Antiguo), check out the Plaza de Francia on the far southeast side. This public square stands as a testimony to the people who worked on—and gave their lives for—the Panama Canal.

Built in 1921 by Leonardo Villanueva Meyer, the square's main attraction is a 60-foot (18-meter) obelisk.The monument outlines the history of the canal and honors those 22,000 workers and engineers who died, mainly due to disease, while building it. The statues surrounding it show prominent people who participated in the construction at the time of the French involvement, and the Gallic rooster sitting on top of the obelisk is one of the national emblems of France.

Besides the monument, near this plaza you will find the France Embassy and the Esteban Huertas Promenade. There’s also an impressive view of the Panama City bay, the Bridge of the Americas and the Amador Causeway.

The plaza is also near the former Supreme Court building, which now serves as the National Institute of Culture and is home to the Anita Villalaz Theater, where theater performances, concerts and conferences take place throughout the year. In fact, you might recognize the building from some scenes in the James Bond movieQuantum of Solace.

On one side of the plaza, vaults known as Las Bóvedas, which were originally part of the fortified wall around the Old City, are the source of legends and urban myths. Stop in at any of the stores in the area and listen to the shopkeepers tell you about the experiences prisoners once had in these dark recesses. In recent decades, the vaults have been restored and are now home to galleries, shops and a French restaurant.

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Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo

Sightseeing: Legends of Casco Viejo

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Casco Viejo, Panama City’s old town area, is a must-visit and you’ll get so much more out of sightseeing with a guide. Hear the stories behind the beautiful facades of the centuries-old churches, town houses, and government buildings on a walking tour. The neighborhood is also full of fashionable restaurants, and your guide will be able to share their recommendations.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$44.00
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$44.00
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Private tour around Panamá City and the Panamá Canal

Private tour around Panamá City and the Panamá Canal

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If this is your first time in Panamá, you will love this service. Get to know the most iconic places of the city and its history, you´ll get the change to walk through our colourful streets and also to take pictures. Our tour guides will guide you on this amazing trip and on any other activity you´d like to make.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.00
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Bike Tour in Panama City

Bike Tour in Panama City

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This Cycling allows you to exercise, de-stress, have fun, avoid traffic, contribute to the environment and improve your health. Come see the best of Panama City by bike on this 2-hour and 30 minutes tour. you will have a great time
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.00
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Biking Tour in Panama City

Biking Tour in Panama City

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Enjoy and get to know Panama City in an unique and fun way by bike exploring beautiful views of the city, the canal, old town, culture, history and economy about the country.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$30.00
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Salsa Class in Casco Viejo

Salsa Class in Casco Viejo

If you are looking for fun, this is for you! Don't just see Panama, feel it! * Immerse yourself in Latin culture * Learning salsa dancing with our team of local professionals * Personalized attention in a * Hip, laidback tropical setting * In the heart of old town, Casco Viejo!! Leave with the skills & confidence to hit the dance floor in any salsa club! You will have a blast - guaranteed!
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  • 1 hour
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$28.00
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Dive into the charms of Casco Viejo Walking Tour

Dive into the charms of Casco Viejo Walking Tour

BOOK NOW!! And explore the heart of the Colonial city, Casco Antiguo, where you will get mesmerized by culture and history of the Isthmus of Panamá to showering your senses to colorful, unique architecture from Spain, France and United States and amazing international and local cuisine beyond comparison . As well as enjoying and visiting the hypnotic plazas and main attractions of Casco Antiguo such as : Metropolitan Cathedral Canal Museum Flat arch Esteban Huertas Promenade Saint Joseph Church (Golden altar) French Plaza Bolivar Palace Central Hotel Thomas Herrera Plaza and much more... While you are enjoying all the stories and info straight from one of the best-certified tour guides you can find in the nation and new friend Roderick.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$40.00
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Casco Antiguo Walking Tours

Casco Antiguo Walking Tours

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Casco Antiguo is where the new City of Panama was founded in 1673, only 8 Kms West from where the first city was left in ruins by structure fires set at the hands of the Spanish colonials themselves in an effort to save the strategic position crucial for World Trade since it's discovery, avoiding the collapse of the Spanish Empire there and then, to the British Lord commanding the "Rogue" attack in 1671: Captain Henry Morgan who was being financed by the Governor of Jamaica. Both are World Heritage Sites as per UNESCO.
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  • 2 hours
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Casco Viejo: Mysteries & Secrets

Casco Viejo: Mysteries & Secrets

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Find me with a Panama Hat and a Black Backpack ! WISH TO DISCOVER UNIQUE SITES AND SECRETS HIDDEN FOR 500 YEARS? DO YOU KNOW WHAT "PANAMA" MEANS? DO YOU KNOW WHO WAS THE SCIENTIST THAT ALLOW PANAMA CANAL CONSTRUCTION? Find out with me There will be secrets that will blow your mind. I will take you through the historic center to places like: San Francisco de Asís Square Flat Arc Golden altar Metropolitan square Plaza de Francia (Chiriquí Bastion) We will end in a SPECIAL place, at the foot of the monument to a scientist who defeated yellow fever and therefore the Panama Canal was finished. You will know how the oldest part of the city lives of 500 years where the old and the new coexist. - We include water bottles to cool down .
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  • 2 hours
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The Real Panama Walking Tour. Casco Viejo, Old Chinatown (1850) & Santa Ana!
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The Real Panama Walking Tour. Casco Viejo, Old Chinatown (1850) & Santa Ana!

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Travelers who want to dig deep into Panama City’s history and culture will love this small-group walking tour. You’ll visit three atmospheric neighborhoods: Casco Viejo, Old Chinatown, and Santa Ana. Your local guide will entertain and educate you with their stories and will take you to places you might miss if visiting independently.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$55.00
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Historical Walking Tour in the Old Town

Historical Walking Tour in the Old Town

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Narrow streets and intimate squares mean that Casco Viejo in Panama City can be tricky to navigate in a vehicle, so it’s the perfect place to explore on foot. Set out with a local guide for a walking tour of Casco Viejo’s vibrant plazas, the colonial-era architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral, and historic homes in the neighborhood, which is Panama City’s oldest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 2 hours
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$51.29
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The best of The Panama Canal and The Casco Viejo tour

The best of The Panama Canal and The Casco Viejo tour

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This tour captures two of the most exciting attractions in the nation, Starting with and world-famous Panama Canal, stopping by Miraflores visitor center, where we will see the Canal in full action as we watch ships going through the locks. Then we continued through Balboa avenue, sightseeing the so-called Manhattan of central America (modern Panama city ) until we got off in our Colonial Casco Viejo on a walking tour visiting all its plazas and most important buildings, the Presidential house, cathedral, and much more.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$65.00
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From Riu Playa Blanca - Panama Canal, Old Quarter & City Tour

From Riu Playa Blanca - Panama Canal, Old Quarter & City Tour

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Our guide will collect you at 7:30 am, then we will head to the Panama Canal Visitors’ Center at Miraflores Locks where ships can be seen transiting the waterway (Depending on Canal schedule). ​Then, visit the historic Canal Administration Building; opened in 1914, its grand lobby is embellished with impressive murals that vividly tell the story of the Canal’s construction. ​ ​We will drive around the famous Cerro Ancon inside the former U.S. Canal Zone and out to the islands along the Amador Causeway for the best view of Panama’s skyline and a stop at the colorful PANAMA sign. We will likely stop on Naos Island for lunch (not included). ​Finally, we will stroll along the charming cobblestone streets of Casco Antiguo . Tracing its history to 1673 and filled with splendid Colonial architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is today one of Panama City’s liveliest districts. There are ​Local and Indigenous arts & crafts at Casco Antiguo. We will be back around 5:30 pm ​
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  • 8 hours
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walking tour in Casco Antiguo !

walking tour in Casco Antiguo !

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caminar por la ciudad y descubrir paso a paso todos los sitios emblemáticos de casco y las bellas iglesias y la rica historia de una ciudad con varias influencias de países como Francia, España e Estados unidos por la construcción del canal !
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Old city walking tour

Old city walking tour

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En el recorrido del casco antiguo de Panamá usted podrá conocer de la mano de un guía certificado la historia , importancia , pasado y futuro del conjunto histórico declarado patrimonio de la Humanidad. Usted conocerá los mas representativos lugares y monumentos mientras hace un viaje por la historia de esta ciudad de 349 años de existencia.
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  • 3 hours
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$50.00
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Guided Colonian Heritage Walking Tour in Panama

Guided Colonian Heritage Walking Tour in Panama

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This is a fun and enriching walk through the history of three cities in one; its narrow streets,Churches and squares. You will learn about the history of Panama's second Jewel and how the city was moved after the pirate attack. Get an explanation about the two cities and their importance. You will Learn in a fun and different way with a certified tour guide that instead of showing you only the tourist places, will try to show and give you an idea of ​​the day by day of our people. I will show you a part of apanama that others avoid; a part that is full of the true colors of Panama.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Pearl of the Pacific & The Walled City Walking Tour

The Pearl of the Pacific & The Walled City Walking Tour

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This is the tour that you need to be able to understand all the other tours that you are planning to take in Panama; since it will show you our beginnings, who we are and from where we come from. I will connect many parts of our history and the history of the world, until we reach our days. I will show you two cities and the multiple colors of the small great country that separated the land and united the world.
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  • 4 hours
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$115.00
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Bike Tour & Sunset Boat & Panama Canal

Bike Tour & Sunset Boat & Panama Canal

Get to know Panama with an expert local guide, we are the number one company that offers bike tours through the city of Panama, we have more than 150 real and positive comments, on the tour we will visit the most representative places in Panama, you will be accompanied at all times by a guide who will explain and show you the secret places of Casco Viejo, we will continually stop to take photos and end with a beautiful view of the Pacific of Panama. We handle small groups or private groups, making the tour more interactive and flexible.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$33.00
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Get a taste of historic sites on bycicle included lunch on the fish market

Get a taste of historic sites on bycicle included lunch on the fish market

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It is a tour in which we will show the adventurers all the beauties that are around where we will make stops to take photos and we will talk a little about the history of the areas or points of interest as well as we will also talk about all the gastronomy of the country taking into account that this guided tour includes three starter ceviches, a drink and a main course among the options that we will give you in a restaurant recommended for quality of service
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Plaza de Francia hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.