Panama city: Sightseeing: Channel & Casco Viejo

Friday January 27, 2012

We were so keen on visiting the famous Panama Channel that this was our first aim in the ranking of the sights.They have a visitor center right by the Channel, called “Miraflores” and we took a taxi to go there (in Panama City everyone moves in Taxies as local buses are not very reliable and you have to tell the driver where you want to go and he drops you off there.

!–more–>Going to “Miraflores” they drop you of 15min walking for example…). When we arrived, it was already crowded and you wait in an endless queue. (First you wait in the queue where you buy the tickets, after you wait in another queue to enter.) The upper floor you couldn`t even visit because it was under construction and there was only one floor left to see the ship passing.

Actually you were looking at a big watergate on an absolutely crowded visitor`s terrasse. Not a big deal, honestly. From there we went to “Casco Viejo” the colonial part of Panama City, which is much nicer than the rest of the town. Always you have to bargain the price of the taxi before taking it, because there are no taximeters existing in Panama. Often they try to give you the “Gringo-Version” of the real price.
“Casco Viejo” is an absolutely charming place that shouldn`t be missed when you are in Panama City.

Watergate "Miraflores"
Watergate “Miraflores”
Vessel at the lock
Vessel at the lock
The lock
The lock
Locomotive to pull the ship
Locomotive to pull the ship
A huge ship transporting bananas
A huge ship transporting bananas
Church at Casco Viejo
Church at Casco Viejo
Old houses
Old houses
Colonial houses
Colonial houses
Cuna woman selling her art at Plaza Francia
Cuna woman selling her art at Plaza Francia

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