Panama City (Fuerte Amador)

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I’ve seen.”  ~  Benjamin Disraeli

Approaching Panama with all kinds of ships around the harbor. The Canal, one of the world’s greatest engineering feats has been ranked one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. We’ll have to visit another time to see it, as we’re only going to see the “Old Town”. Not enough time here. It takes 10+ hours to travel through it.

Panama City skyline

After sacking the original Panama City settlement (now known as Panamá Viejo) in 1671, Captain Henry Morgan burnt the place to the ground, massacred its inhabitants and made off with the richest booty in the Americas.  A couple years later a new, “old town” was built with eclectic architecture and grand palaces, churches, government buildings and hotels. I found most of it has been kept up or renovated recently.