Panama Viejo in the 17th century: stories and lost secrets

Duration: 1h
Languages: Spanish, Italian
Guru: Mirta
Registered on June 02, 2021

I am an archaeologist and I like to share what I have learned over the years. I have worked in museums and with visitors for a long time, which allows me to approach guided tours from a professional point of view, bringing a novel approach.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

A city full of secrets

( Tour for people who enjoy outdoor walks, on stony ground ).

In 1519, Pedrarias Dávila reached the Bay of Panama and founded the city that became the Capital of Castilla del Oro , a strategic point for the Carrera de Indias and the origin of the current Republic of Panama. Just over 100 years later, in January 1671 , Henry Morgan invaded it, causing its destruction and abandonment.

The ruins that remain today, remains of churches, houses and public buildings from the 17th century, keep the secrets of the city and of those inhabitants who one day abandoned their homes to save their lives. Mysteries of yesteryear, that little by little archeology is revealing.

Join me to meet her ! You will be able to imagine this ancient city with the eyes of those who inhabited it just before its ruin.

Itinerary :

  • We take the internal transport to the Plaza Mayor,
  • We enter the cathedral and from the top of its bell tower we will see the surroundings and look at the horizon in search of the route to Peru,
  • We will see the remains of the houses of the bourgeoisie that lived next to the square and the churches of the Society of Jesus,
  • We will walk to the San Juan de Dios Hospital, the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the cistern of the nuns,
  • We finish the tour in the church of San Francisco, from where you can continue enjoying the ruins or go to the museum.

* This tour is not suitable for people with reduced or different physical capacities. For you, I have another route, just as interesting and enjoyable, between my tours.

* Remember :

  1. Punctuality is essential.
  2. Panama's weather can go from intense heat to heavy rain: bring a cap or hat, water, and a collapsible umbrella (just in case).
  3. - We are going to walk among the ruins, closed shoes will be a good alternative.
  4. - This visit does not include: transportation to the site, entrance to the Archaeological Park, meals, sandwiches or snacks (although you can find a modest cafeteria inside the site).
  5. - Cash, Paypal, Yappy or Nequi are accepted as means of payment to thank or value the tour.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    2G34+FJ7, Av. Cincuentenario, Panamá,...
    2G34+FJ7, Av. Cincuentenario, Panamá, Panama
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    I'll wait for you inside the archaeological site, next to the Plaza Mayor stop, near the museum. You will recognize me by the GuruWalk logo

  • 1
    Free admission
    Ruinas de Panamá Viejo
  • 2
    Free admission
    Casas de la familia Terrín
  • 3
    Free admission
    Ruinas del Hospital San Juan de Dios
  • 4
    Free admission
    Catedral de Panamá Viejo
  • 5
    Free admission
    Ruinas de la Compañía de Jesús
  • 6
    Free admission
    Ruinas de La Merced
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Aljibe de las monjas

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Nadia 03 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Mirta es una leyenda viviente! Como fui la única en este tour, mi experiencia ha sido más de lo esperé. Mirta teletransporta en historia y cultura. Me ha encantado el tour y tienen que hacerlo, suuuuper recomendado!
Vanessa 16 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Piacevolissimo incontro e tour con Mirta! Consiglio la sua compagnia, dal momento che le ore con lei voleranno! Un italiano fluente ed un favoloso panorama per ricordarmi casa anche all’estero. Grazie Mirta a presto!
Federico 11 Jun 2023

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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
Mirta es una eminencia en arqueología y apasionada por lo que hace. Un privilegio haber podido compartir un rato de su conocimiento.
Felix 17 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
Genial! Mirta conoce la zona como la palma de su mano y te hace visualizar la historia que ocurrió allí de forma perfecta
Steve 14 May 2023
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Travelled in couple - May 2023
Hola We had a wonderful and instructive tour. Mirta is an archaelogist and knows what she's talking about and she does it in a interesting way. I recomand her without hesitation. We had the tour in spanish.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.