Going back in time
The history of Panama City is fascinating. With Barefoot Panama, a walking tour takes you through town and all the points of interest you can imagine. Can you believe there's a church that took 100 years to build? That's one of the tidbits I got from my tour guide, Kevin. We spent a couple of hours on foot exploring Casco Viejo, the Old Quarter. As the rain clouds approached, I was worried about how far we would get.
The architecture in the area is wild. Clearly building construction has changed since the 1600s. The fact that these structures are still standing shows they knew what they were doing back then. There has been a lot of work put into maintaining the historic areas and it's worth taking some time to appreciate it all.
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There are a lot of places to visit even if it is raining. Fortunately for us, the downpour started right as we approached a local watering hole. And just our luck, tour guide Kevin knew the staff and we were welcomed in for a drink.
Once the rain settled down we went into a historic church and Kevin showed a huge nativity scene. Strangest point about it is that the massive display is hidden away down a hallway off the back of the church. Don't worry, we found it and have the pics in case you missed it.
There is also a lot of culture in the area. A great-sounding street band was just wrapping up a sidewalk concert as we walked through the neighbourhood.