Out of the jungle and into the city…

It’s nice to get out of Gamboa and go to Panama City every once in awhile to spice things up. Even thought it feels like we’re so removed from civilization here, it’s only a 45 minute ride into the city. There are old school buses (called Saca buses) that have been painted different colors and that are usually blasting latin music (my favorite one has hot pink feather boas strung up all around the windshield), which show up about every two hours and go all the way into the city for only $1.

I’ve taken the Saca bus a couple times with some friends for the afternoon to check out Panama’s only art museum, which featured an exhibit of Panamanian photographers’ images, and to walk around Casco Viejo, the old section of the city. Historically, there was a lot of gang activity in this area and the buildings were deteriorating, but it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site and there has been a movement to revitalize the neighborhood. The architecture is really beautiful, and there are lots of neat restaurants, rooftop bars, and little shops.

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The view from a rooftop in Casco Viejo of the water and the skyline of the downtown area. Panama City has a surprisingly modern feel, and people often compare it to Miami. Here are some more photos of Casco Viejo… 

 

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