August 4, 2016 Casco Viejo, Panama
Old City Charm: CASCO VIEJO
Photography by: ERIN LEYDON
There’s always a certain moment during every trip that I stumble upon a street and literally jump with joy at how perfect it is. This was one of those moments.
Casco Viejo, Panama, embodies this old world charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The exteriors are classically designed, balconies are draped in tropical flowers and doorways uniquely constructed with rod iron details. If you walked the streets of Casco Viejo today, you would have never thought that there was once a concern for the safety in this neighbourhood some years ago. This part of town use to be considered a little on the dangerous side, however it is evident that the city has made a lot of effort in recent years to change Casco Viejo’s bad reputation. Police are constantly roaming the streets, abandoned buildings are being renovated and shops and resturants are popping up just about everywhere, not to mention world renown hotels locating themselves in central Casco Viejo. We never felt unsafe here – the people were so warm and inviting and although a lot of them only spoke Spanish, they would try to communicate with you the best they could. I felt a sense of pride in the community when we walked the streets snapping photos, residents were happy to show off this part of the city and rightfully so.