Casco Antigua, Casco Viejo … it’s an interesting place, not least because it has more than one name. It is the formerly chic quarter, Panama City’s “old town,” that fell to ruins after the new downtown began to be built and the old city walls were taken down (only a small remnant remains). One of the interesting things, as you’ll see, is the way old, often seemingly abandoned buildings, some with squatters included, sit side-by-side with newly renovated, chic hotels and restaurants. It is a neighborhood in transition and the contrasts are stark. It is also full of historic buildings, churches and museums.
We won’t have a gallery for each and every day but this was the first stop on our tour and the first spot of earth we touched outside the US. We didn’t end up staying at the hostel with the murals, but it was groovy.
A couple quick shots of our first leg of travel. More galleries to come soon!