I begin my visit to Panama Viejo, the remains of the old Panama City, at a museum. My groups is greeted by four college girls dressed as pirates, who serve as our guides here and later at the city ruins. One even has an eye patch. As most of the placards are in Spanish, they also serve as translators.
Panama Viejo was founded in 1519 by the conquistador Pedrarías Dávila, and is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. The remains of the old town are now surrounded by the modern city, which make for some interesting contrasts. Its most striking feature is its tower, which is available for climbing.
Photos taken March 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).
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