Day 263: What’s that smell?

The waters off the coast of Panama on the Pacific side are loaded with seafood and busy fisherman head to the Mercado de Mariscos every day to sell their catches.  The market is lined with stands that offer the varied, fresh seafood at fantastic prices.  We stopped by to enjoy some ceviche with my friend…

Day 262: Bridge of the Americas

With an elevation of 354 feet and an almost a mile long, the Bridge of the Americas connects the two land masses separated by The Panama Canal.  The United States finished construction in 1962 and it forms an integral part of the Pan-American Highway which connects the two continents.  We got a peek while driving…

Day 261: Modern Marvel

The history of the Panama Canal dates back to the 16th century when Spain realized it could shorten trips and lessen the risk of getting riches from Ecuador, Peru, and Asia to its ports.  The project basically sat still until the end of the 19th century when the French company that built the Suez Canal…

Day 260: Fallen flat

Of the many attractions inside Casco Viejo’s walls, the Arco Chato, or “Flat Arch” is probably the most peculiar.  Originally built in the 17th century along with the Santo Domingo church, fire destroyed most of the building but the arch remained as everything around it fell into ruins.  Built without any support and almost no…

Day 259: The Old Town

Casco Viejo (The Old Quarter) is the historic district and cultural gem of Panama City that was established in 1671 after pirates attacked, looted, and destroyed the old city center.  The unique walled city experienced decades of neglect so after it was declared a world heritage site in 1997, the modernization and beautification process was…