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Casco Viejo and causeway, Panama City
SOURCE: Photo by Alfredo Maiquez, courtesy of Authority of Tourism Panama (all rights reserved), used with permission.
Casco Viejo, its original location destroyed by diseases and pirate attacks, was moved into a rocky peninsula that was both healthier and easier to defend.
What is now called officially Casco Antiguo, but is also known as San Felipe, Catedral, and more commonly Casco Viejo, a World Heritage Site, was founded in 1673.
The Amador Causeway, shown behind Casco VIejo in this photograph, located just outside of Panama City and once the home of a US Army base, at the southeasternmost tip of the Panama Canal, with spectacular views of Panama City and the Bridge of the Americas, has quickly become one of Panama's most desirable tourist areas. It connects three small islands, Noas, Perico and Flamenco, with the mainland.
Visited by both foreigners and locals alike, the Causeway has enormous tourist potential, with several large projects having already been completed and many planned for the future. While there, visitors can observe the numerous vessels that enter or depart the Panama Canal throughout the day, passing directly beneath the Bridge of the Americas.
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NOTE: The photograph regarding Panama on this page is re-published from Authority of Tourism Panama, an entity of the Panamanian government. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Panama information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Panama should be addressed to Authority of Tourism Panama.
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