Come to Panama!
Also known as Casco Viejo, is the historic and cultural distric of Panama City. A genuine gem declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, the quarter was established around 1673 by the Spanish colonialists, the Catholic Church, and other settlers.
The streets are filled with buildings that served as homes, cathedrals and churches and government buildings over centuries. Some of these structures have been restored and transformed into house museums, gourmet restaurants, quaint shops and upscale residences.
Other buildings stand in disrepair or complete ruin and the homes of poor families juxtaposed next door with exclusive property offer a an excellent peek into the varied history that the district has experienced.