Panama Viejo ruins photo essay
Panama Viejo was the first European settlement founded in 1517 on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. The town was used as a transit route for treasures from the Inca Empire shipping to the Old World of Europe. The treasures were off loaded there and then taken by mule to Portobelo town on the Atlantic coast.
With 10,000 inhabitants once it was burnt by the English pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.
Now there is a museum at the main entrance to the Panama Viejo ruins with most signs in Spanish (so if you don’t speak any Spanish, you can still visit it for the mere magical feeling of going back in time). History exhibits and some excavations are displayed in the museum, while some souvenir shops with artesanias (handicrafts) can be found close by.