Casco Viejo was built in 1671 after Captain Henry Morgan destroyed Panama Viejo, the original city.
Casco Viejo (also known as Casco Antiguo) was constructed as a walled city on a peninsula off of Panama City to protect its settlers against another siege such as the one that destroyed Panama Viejo.
Casco Viejo is reminiscent of the French Quarter of New Orleans. The architecture dates back to the 16th and 17th century and is heavily influenced by French Colonial architecture. When the French came to build the Panama Canal in 1881 they lived in Casco Viejo and the French Embassy is one of the major landmarks of Casco Viejo.
Only a decade ago the area was considered a ‘forgotten neighborhood” and was in the midst of a rapidly deteriorating area of Panama City. It is currently a neighborhood that is being revitalized and renovated and out of the rubble emerges boutique hotels, eateries and beautiful homes.
In 2003 UNESCO designated Casco Viejo as a World Heritage Site and with all of the renovations this area has become a major tourist attraction.
To walk through Casco Viejo is like strolling through history. Visit Iglesia San Jose - the church with the Golden Altar. The priests painted this beautiful altar black upon hearing of impending pirate attack. The Iglesia Santo Domingo is another 17th Century church. This church has a flat arch which can still be seen. The original church was destroyed in a fire in 1756, but the exterior and the arch remain. Stroll down the sea wall and see the crafts and artworks offered by local vendors. Casco Viejo offers many glimpses into Panama’s colorful past.
All of our day trips may be customized to suit your wishes! You choose your destinations and how much or how little time you wish to spend at each location.
• We provide you with a newer vehicle and a well trained driver for your personal, exclusive use throughout the day or evening. You are not sharing with other guests.
• Our driver is with you throughout your day trip to keep you safe and secure.
• Prices quoted are the total price for transport and not per person. Prices do not include admissions, entrance fees, meals or beverages.
• It is important that you carry a copy of your passport with you while traveling in Panama. If you'd like to shop at the Duty Free store on the Amador Causeway, you will need your passport there as well.
Transportation & Security Services
We have drivers who speak:
English, Spanish, French, Portugese