Administration Building

The Panama Canal Administration Building was inaugurated on July 15, 1914,  a month before the Canal itself.  From that moment, this beautiful  legacy from the past has continued to dominate the Balboa area towering majestically from atop its rolling hill.

A Duet

On my most recent excursion to Casco Antiguo with my family, one of my kids took his ukulele with him in hope that he would be able to accompany Mr. Guantanamera in a duet.  When we approached him with the idea he was more than willing to share a moment of his time. Jorge, you […]

Jorge AKA Mr. Guantanamera

The other day I was walking along  Paseo de Las Bovedas in Casco Antiguo and  Mr. Guantanamera was in his usual place plucking away at his banjo and crooning a tune.  I have been a loyal fan of his since the very first day I heard him many years ago.   I have always  wanted […]


The beautiful Panamanian pollera is complemented with incredible accessories.  The head piece is usually made of pearls and the gold jewelry that is added to this attire is simply spectacular. 

La Pollera

This beautiful dress is called La Pollera. It is the national folkloric dress here in Panama.  It is completely made by hand and costs thousands of dollars. It can take six months to a year to make one dress. This dress is complimented by special gold jewelry and a headpieces called tembleques.

Miraflores Locks Visitor Center

Miraflores Locks Visitor Center is a excellent place to visit.  You can watch the boats go by from the observation deck or have a bite to eat at the restaurant and watch the ships transit through the locks as you sip your afternoon coffee.

Bienvenidos/ Welcome

Welcome to the Casco Antiguo.  That is what the sign says. Feel free to walk around and sightsee. There is a lot to see and history galore to soak up.  Break out your camera and snap away.  On every street corner there is something amazing to photograph.

Plaza de Francia/ Las Bovedas

Come stroll around this beautiful plaza dedicated to the French Canal effort.  Walk up the steps that lead to Paseo Las Bovedas. Spend the afternoon checking out the local handcrafts on sale there.  There is a marvelous view of the city and the Amador Causeway from the top.

Panama Canal Museum

The Panama Canal Museum is located in Casco Antiguo right in front of Plaza Catedral, between Calle 5 and Calle 6. It is housed in this beautifully renovated building.

Original Artwork

If you stop by the Cultural Center known as Los del Patio, you will see a lot of original artwork by local and international artists.  This one one of my favorites.

Galeria de Arte Indigena

I love to stroll around the Casco Antiguo and one of the places I invariably stop at is Galeria de Arte Indigena.  They have an excellent selection of souvenirs, hand made crafts and paintings.

Rolo de Sedas

One of my favorite artists from Panama is Rolo de Sedas.  His works can be seen sprinkled across Casco Antiguo on the sides of buildings, trash cans, a vendor’s cart, or just about anywhere you can imagine.  This beautiful art piece can be found in Galerias de Arte Indigena in Casco Antiguo. It is one […]

Tsi Tsu

Another little shop that can be found in the Cultural Center Los del Patio is Tsi Tsu. Here you will find am eclectic collection of handmade jewelry and some really nice photos for sale.

Los del Patio

Los del Patio is a quaint little place in the Casco Antiguo which contains several boutiques and an art gallery.  You can find one of a kind handmade jewelry, unique art work, and even take art classes from the talented artisans.

Old Panama

Crumbling ruins are all that’s left of Old Panama ( Panamá  Viejo), the country’s first major Spanish settlement, which was destroyed by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.

More Art in the Park

Panama is the home of many talented artists.  This is just a small sample of some of the artwork presented during the Festival Abierto in Parque Omar.

Art in the Park

Many times during the year Parque Omar is the venue for many popular art exhibits.  One of these is Festival Abierto, recently celebrated during the month of March.  

Sunday Flea Market

Once a month on Sundays you can visit the Flea Market in Plaza Catedral.  Check out the bargains, have a bite to eat, or just watch the people go by.

Street Art

Casco Antiguo is also known as San Felipe.  In this area of town you can admire the street art painted by many local artists.

Street Art in San Felipe

As you stroll through the streets of  Casco Antiguo, also known as San Felipe,  you will certainly be delighted by the beautiful street art painted by local artists.