Anthony Caruana's Central America and South USA 2012/13 travel blog

Casco Vejo Panama city

Casco Vejo Panama city

Casco Vejo Panama city

Casco Vejo Panama city

Casco Vejo Panama city

Casco Vejo Panama city

Casco Vejo Panama city

Casco Vejo Panama city


Hi everybody

Today was a sunny day, and my plan was to visit Casco Vejo, It reminded me of Havana, but not as nice and more run down even though they are restoring it.

But all said it was pleasant to visit.

An unpredictable problem is that I have no money, .........first I forgot today is Sunday........second even yesterday .........there is no money changers here they only want dollars and no one changes Euros, not even all banks. I thought that's fine, as I can get money out by card, but I tried both cards and the ATM's don't accept them, so all day i was trying with no luck to get some dollars, and with only just about 15 dollars in my pocket, I could not risk going to a restaurant With all banks closed I thought the best solution is to go back to the guest house and ask for help, they are German persons and they might help. And the problem was much bigger as tomorrow morning at 4am I had booked a trip to a deserted island with no communication, banks, atm or money changers for 3 days, and I had no money to pay all this. Luckily my guest house phoned these persons and they said that they can accept Euro. So my problem is momentarily over.

Something about Panama City, is difficult bus system it takes you hours to make a 15min trip. Buses are so difficult to understand. At the same time humidity is so high, and with little shade, you feel like you are going to die. I could take a taxi but with few dollars left in my pocket I could not risk that.

So tomorrow morning I leave Panama city, and I am pleased as I cannot say it excites me. I still need to see a must.....Panama Canal....... but I can see this on the way up or on the way back from where I'm going tomorrow. Probably I will not be able to write from there so it will be at least 4 days till my next letter.

So I am going to San Blas islands and i will be in an island with just one resort ....palm trees and sand and sea. It will be a change from a city. I will stay there 2 nights but after that I will move on.

i have a few photos today most of the old part, but passing the fish market, it attracts pelicans and other birds.

Best regards Tony




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