Panama Viejo, Historic “Old Panama”

Panama Viejo

Panama Viejo ("old Panama") was founded in August of 1519 making it the oldest Spanish settlement on the Pacific Coast.  In 1671 the town was destroyed when Captain Henry Morgan invaded.  It was never rebuilt.  Panama Viejo was declared a historic site in 1976 and has since been under governmental protection.  In 2003 the site was added … [Read more...]

Petroglyphs in Santa Fe, Panama

Petroglyphs in Santa Fe, Panama

Petroglyphs are  pictorial images created by removing part of a rock surface by picking, carving or engraving.  Petroglyphs are found world-wide and in Panama you can see them in almost every area of the country.  Some of them date back to as far as the 15th century!  Talk about leaving your mark! The gallery below shows a petroglyph … [Read more...]

Old Town Santa Fe, Panama

Old Town Santa Fe, Panama

See photo at right. Yup. That's it. If you're saying to yourself, "self, that looks a lot like a pasture with some cows in it." You're right! That's exactly what it is and that is exactly the consensus of most the people in Santa Fe. But, the government came in and said that this very cow filled pasture is where the first settlers … [Read more...]

Casco Viejo and Plaza de Francia in Panama City

Panama City, Casco Viejo

Recently I visited a historic area of Panama City called Casco Viejo. It's a beautiful area that can easily be explored on foot. Walking through Casco Veijo I was reminded of the times I've spent meandering through the French Quarter in New Orleans. Casco Veijo is the second site that Panama City was founded upon. In 1997 it was … [Read more...]