Casco Antiguo (Suggested walk)

1. CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF MERCY

Its construction dates back to 1680 and its facade was brought stone by stone from Panama La Vieja, evoking a baroque style. This temple is the only ecclesiastical museum of the city. An image of the Virgin of La Merced given by Charles V, brought from Spain in 1722 stands out.

2. CHURCH OF SAINT JOSEPH O GOLDEN ALTAR

It was built between 1671 and 1677. Tradition says that this altar was of the few things that survived the attack of the English pirate Henry Morgan in 1671, when they sacked the city, as it was painted black to look like worthless.

3. METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL

The magnificent Cathedral is one of the largest in Central America and was completed in 1796, but abandoned until its renovation in 2003. Both towers on both sides of the entrance are embedded shells Island Pearls and are a wonderful and interesting contrast to the immense stone wall and wooden door.

4. CANAL MUSEUM INTEROCEANIC

Located in a spectacular renovated building that was once the offices of the French Canal Company, the offices of the Canal Commission USA and then the Post Office. It is full of artifacts, and information for planning, construction and current operations of the Panama Canal.

5. CONVENT STO. DOMINGO O ARCO CHATO

The original Arco Chato  was built by the Dominicans in 1678. Was said that this arc was one of the reasons why Panama was chosen to build the Canal in the twentieth century as the bow Chato did not have any structure be kept internal to walk and was a symbol of seismic stability enjoyed by the isthmus.

6. PLAZA DE FRANCIA

It was the central square of the walled city designed by Leonardo Villanueva and dedicated to the French effort to build the canal and the thousands of people worldwide who died in the process. Around the Square are The Vaults, the French Embassy and the National Institute of Culture and souvenir shops, and restaurants.

7. NATIONAL THEATRE

Opened in 1908 and built a monastery in the eighteenth century. In the beginning was the site of the upper elite of the city but it gradually fell into oblivion. After two restorations in 1970 and early 2000 re-opened today where visitors can enjoy and visit this amazing place.

8. PLAZA BOLÍVAR

Originally known as Plaza de San Francisco in 1883 changed its name to honor the Plaza Bolívar “Liberator of Latin America,” the Venezuelan general Simón Bolívar whom there is a monument in the middle of the square. In this square surrounded by nineteenth century architecture are small cafes and restaurants with large umbrella and a casual atmosphere.

9. PALACIO DE LAS GARZAS PRESIDENCIA DE LA REPÚBLICA

It is the government office and the “residence” of the President. Named because African herons pass freely in the yard after they were obsequiadas then President Belisario Porras in 1922. It was originally built in the 17th century and used as a customs agency for some years.

10. SEAFOOD MARKET

To complete your tour, we recommend cooling off with a Panamanian ceviche (raw fish cooked in lemon commonly called tiger’s milk), a variety of seafood cocktails at affordable prices. The market closes marico the 3rd Monday of each month for cleaning and is the best place to buy fresh seafood.