Monthly Archives: February 2008

Surf in Casco Viejo, Panama

Wake up, go surfing, come back, shower, go to work.  Only for the adventurous type! you can actually surf in Casco Viejo when there is a good swell. Actually, the current Panama Female Champion, Samantha, taught herself how to surf on this wave. A neighbour right next door to us, she is a firecracker.  Today, she competes internationally, her last competition was in Chile earlier this year.  Made it to the top 13, her biggest challenge being the water temperature… we have such nice warm waters!  Here are two pictures, one of her surfing alone and the other one is … Continue reading

Is Casco Viejo Right For You?

The Casconian Personality Test You read our newsletter and you think you like the place, but still not sure if Casco is right for you? This short list can help you out.      1. You enjoy traveling to undiscovered places in small groups rather than big groups and mass destinations.      2. Someone splashes you with water while walking down the street and your immediate reaction is to laugh and look around for something to splash back with.  3. You hate highrises. (add 50 points just for this) 4. You love to mingle with local communities and learn their … Continue reading

Is Casco Viejo Right For You?

The Casconian Personality Test You read our newsletter and you think you like the place, but still not sure if Casco is right for you? This short list can help you out.      1. You enjoy traveling to undiscovered places in small groups rather than big groups and mass destinations.      2. Someone splashes you with water while walking down the street and your immediate reaction is to laugh and look around for something to splash back with.  3. You hate highrises. (add 50 points just for this) 4. You love to mingle with local communities and learn their … Continue reading

Is Casco Viejo for you?

Still undecided? Take our  Casconian Personality Test 1. You enjoy traveling to undiscovered places in small groups rather than big groups and mass destinations. 2. Someone splashes you with water while walking down the street and your immediate reaction is to laugh and look around for something to splash back with. 3. You hate highrises. (Add 50 points just for this) 4. You love to mingle with local communities and learn their culture and language… and you just can´t get your hands away from that delicious street food. 5. You enjoy volunteering and organizing community events. 6. Your tolerance for … Continue reading

Casco Viejo Footbal TShirt helps local children get books to start their school year

March is the month when most schools start in Panama. In a few weeks, the Casco (and the country) will be filled with excited kids running around like crazy in their blue uniforms (either new or inherited ones from older brothers and sisters) with smiles on their faces walking to school. Despite all their enthusiasm, truth is that most parents from the community find it very difficutl to buy all the necessary books and materials. This year, they will have some help from Fundación Calicanto (as long as this campaign works!!!) through the funds of the Casco Football TShirt.  It … Continue reading

Twelve virtual tours on Casco Viejo, Panama

For those who love to see pictures and are curious on how the thing actually looks and feels. Click here ( http://www.arcoproperties.com/about-casco.aspx ) to check out twelve different virtual tours including the National Theatre (inside), Plaza Bolivar, The Presidency, Plaza Catedral, and much more!

Casco Viejo´s flea market

FYI: Casco Viejo has it´s flea market every first sunday of the month. This past sunday we were there giving out information on our low income housing (for the people of the barrio to be able to buy their own home in the neighborhood: http://www.arcoproperties.com/blogs/main/PermaLink,guid,a29debad-4590-4c40-9cd0-96cb8a44025d.aspx ) but you can find so much more!From traditional clothing and handcrafts to antiques and ethnic “fusion” clothing. Postcards, “checheres” as we call it, handmade jewerly, pots, food, delicacies and local. It even had a small show organized by the Oficina del Casco Antiguo, with traditional dancing. Of course, under Panama´s summer sun, the best … Continue reading

Where to Stay in Casco Viejo, Panama

A Glimpse of the Future Don´t trust our picture in this post… Hotel Grand doesn´t exist, the crew of James Bond 007 Quantum of Solace took the Ministry of Culture and did an “extreme makeover” on it for a few weeks. However, it is Casco´s future on other 4 great sites. However, right now Casco Viejo doesn´t have a formal hotel yet. So where and how might be tricky, you have to plan ahead… but its well worth it. So here is the short list! 1. Stay at a private apartment: You can rent private apartments in different locations in … Continue reading

Where to Stay in Casco Viejo, Panama

Don´t trust our picture in this post… Hotel Grand doesn´t exist, this is Panama´s Ministry of Culture at Casco Viejo suddenly transformed into a hotel by the James Bond 007 crew. Actually… Casco Viejo is a wonderful place to stay… but we don´t have hotels yet! so where and how might be tricky but not impossible. It only takes planning ahead. So here is the short list! 1. Stay at a private apartment: You can rent private apartments in different locations in Casco Viejo. All of them are great, nicely furnished, well located. Most include breakfast service. For high season, … Continue reading

Casco Viejo Summer Event Calendar for 2008

There is something special about every season, but summer in Casco Viejo is without a doubt the most fun. Starting with the jazz fest and following with all small and big cultural events. Sunny days, wonderful ambiance… Don´t get jealous…come down and join us! Jazz Fest PanamaFifth Edition www.panamajazzfestival.com Casco Viejo starts the season with one of Panama’s most important events: the Panama Jazz Festival. Usually held at the ends of January, this Fest is the brainchild of Panamanian musician Danilo Perez and is far more than just music: they host a number of music clinics, master classes, auditions and … Continue reading