We had 2 days after Bocas Del Toro to get to know Panama City. We went in with very few expectations other than wanting to visit the canal. We were impressed with the quaint beauty of the historic section of town called Casco Viejo and the magnificence of the skyscrapers dominating the horizon. We spent our days walking from neighborhood to neighborhood and appreciated how safe we felt walking around. While in Panama City we stayed at the Panama Central Premium Hostal which was a lovely house that had been converted to a hostel. The dorm rooms were very reasonably priced and the price included a small breakfast. The highlight of the hostel was the owner and his friend who are both European and kept us entertained with constant jokes a hilarious stories. They also went out of their way to give us advice on where to go, how to get there, did a load of laundry for us, and made us feel incredibly welcomed.
Kevin and Lisa in front of the Panama City skyline.
The beautiful view looking our from Casco Viejo towards downtown.
One of the buildings with Spanish colonial architecture in the neighborhood of Casco Viejo. The buildings in this part of town are mostly of this style in a variety of pastel colors. We spent hours wandering the old city, trying local cuisine, and enjoying its charms.
A stained glass window of Santa Barbara in one of the churches in Casco Viejo. Both sides of the church were lined with these immaculate works of art.
Artwork for a cause: local artists created 5 foot tall ribbons to commerorate the battle against breast cancer of their families and loved ones.
A view of Casco Viejo from the trail along the waterfront.
The promenade along the waters edge, it was a beautiful section of our 4 hour stroll rom Casco Viejo to our hostel
The middle sections of the Miraflor lockes. The set of lockes on the Pacific side of the canal raise ships 13 meters to get from sea level to lake level.
A container ship being pulled by locomotives and a tugboat through the 2nd locke en route to the Pacific Ocean. These ships pay over $100,000 to pass through the canal with their cargo.