At the tip of Casco Viejo in Panama City is French Park, a monument to the French builders that began the Panama Canal and the over 200,000 that lost their lives building the Panama Canal. The monument is a tall obelisk with a rooster at the top and is located in Las Bovedas fortress.
A boat makes it way from Casco Viejo towards the impressive skyscrapers of Panama City in Panama
A colorful view of the Panama City Skyline from Casco Viejo
Not only is there enough to do during the day in Casco Viejo, but Panama City’s old town lights up at night with restaurants, music, clubs and beautifully lighted buildings and monuments.
Casco Viejo, Panama City is full of contradictions. One can walk the streets and not only see well-renovated colorful buildings, historic monuments, parks, restaurants, cafes, modern ambiance, but also signs of dilapidated structures and traditional living.
When one hears about Panama hats, you think that these hats are from that country. However, these hats were originally from Ecuador. Since there wasn’t a lot of demand for them in Ecuador, some entrepreneurs decided to sell these hats in Panama due to the traffic of the Canal.
These strong, lightweight, attractive, straw hats were perfect for deflecting the tropical sun of Panama, and also ideal for those who were crossing the Canal to spend outdoors in sunny California during the Gold Rush.
Ecuador’s most famous export is called a “Panama” hat. People in Ecuador hate that.
Colorful handicrafts for sale on the side walks of Casco Viejo, Panama City.
A strikingly designed old-style building in Casco Viejo, Panama City