Saturday, November 19, 2011

Panama Caravan tour

I am linking up with Scenic Sunday

Hubby and I took a week long tour of Panama with Caravan tours. The Caravan tour included two nights in a Panama City hotel and tours around the city and then two nights at a rainforest hotel with more tours and two nights at the Pacific Ocean resort and the last night back at Panama City. I did arrange a bird guide for a day. I could not go to Panama without getting the chance to see some of the exotic and my cool Panama birds. But, this post will be on Panama City and some of the sights we saw during the two days we toured the city.


The morning part of the tour included the Panama Viejo visitor center museum displaying artifacts from 500-700 years before the Spanish arrival. The center included displays of clothing, furniture, pottery and a model of what old Panama City would have looked like.






Panama Viejo (old Panama) city founded by the Spanish in 1519 . A gateway for gold from the Inca Empire.

In 1671 famous Buccaneer Henry Morgan ransacked the city and burned it to the ground. It is interesting to see the old ruins with the new city skyscrapers in the background


The Panama Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Vasco Balboa a Spanish conquistador and explorer. The first European explorer to see the Pacific in 1513. He claimed the Pacific Ocean and all its shores for Spain.

These photos and tours were done on the first full day of our Panama Caravan tour. Actually, the Viejo visitor center and ruins was just the morning part of the tour. I will do another post on the afternoon tour. We visited the San Jose Church with the gold alter and had lunch at the Miraflores Canal Locks.

I hope you enjoyed my tour of Panama Viejo center and ruins, to see more wonderful scenes from around the world check out Scenic Sunday. Thanks to

28 comments:

  1. Gosh...those dates. So old those ruins and even artefacts from before then. It must have been a fascinating tour.

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  2. This sounds like a very interesting tour. Thanks for sharing some scenics there and the memories.

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  3. I guess there is way more in Panama than just the canal! Only kidding as I have friends who were there a couple of years ago and they LOVED it there. I'm glad you took some time to see the birds!

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  4. Great photos and how interesting to see such historical ruins.

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  5. It looks like it's true what I've heard: That Panama is a beautiful and wonderful place to visit!

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  6. Fabulous views and photos from your tours,thanks for sharing

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  7. terrific shots and great details!

    stunning views! thanks SO much for sharing!

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  8. Thanks for this interesting post... lovely to see.

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  9. interesting places and images, would love to see them one day too.

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  10. sounds like a great place to visit...love your photos...glad I stopped in..

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  11. I'm very happy you reminded us to look at your travel blog Eileen. These are great, thank you.

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  12. Great photos, Eileen! I am glad I ma not the only one who takes lots of photos in museums (where it's allowed, of course!)

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

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  13. A time warp of an experience. Thanks for taking us along. I learned a lot.

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  14. Such excursions are so interesting and important to see that we have only a limited time to live our part in history. Thanks for sharing, Eileen.

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  15. wow...magnificent! That is ART!!!

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  16. Thanks for sharing your tour; it's always so interesting to visit ruins of old cultures, and try to imagine how they lived. Great shots!

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  17. Very interesting old ruins, nice shots. I hope to visit this place someday through cruise too ;-)

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  18. I read some where that Balboa wasn't a very nice man,

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  19. Great photos of your tour,Eileen and very interesting post to read!

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  20. Hi...
    Today I come to thank you for visiting: that was important to me.

    have anice day and a wonderful week.

    Hugs,
    Bshell (Isabel- my real name)

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  21. What a great vacation and your photos are so pretty.
    xo bj

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  22. Wow, another great series! So lucky to take such a nice trip! I enjoyed your tour.
    I noticed something about Chincoteague island in the news, being on the edge. Wonder how things are going?
    Anyway, I did have a great Thanksgiving with family and hope yours was enjoyable. Wishing you a relaxing weekend Eileen~

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  23. It was fun to look at these. I lived in Panama twice: once in Puerto Armuelles and once in Changuinola. Panama City was our weekend get away.Brought back memories.

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  24. despite the cloudy sky it must have been a nice journey! I enjoyed the tour with you as I am absolutely crazy about all archeological sites and museums

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