Monthly Archives: December 2011

Travel & Leisure Magazine Features Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo The main article at the most recent Travel and Leisure magazine is “Hottest Travel Destinations for 2012”, mentioning Panama and Casco Viejo.  Check out the full article HERE “The Next Great Neighborhood: Panama City’s atmospheric Casco Antiguo (Old Town) is being scrubbed up for travelers lured by its 17th-century cathedral and crumbling mansions. The six-room Las Clementinas (011-507/228-7613; doubles from $250; dinner for two $50)—whose owner is a pioneer in the area’s preservation efforts—captures the colonial-chic vibe. Its restaurant serves Panamanian comfort food such as coconut-spiked risotto and ropa vieja.” Thumbs up!!!

Delicious New Menu at Las Clementinas, Casco Viejo

Casco Antiguo, Panama New Year, new menu at Las Clementinas in Casco Viejo! I haven´t tried everything yet, but so far I`m impressed.  We had a good lunch this past weekend, and it was so nice I took photos of everyone`s dishes and my fork somehow ended on everyone’s plate… For starters, we ordered a “picadillo de mariscos” which was a perfect appetizer as we were a party of five. If you are a “soup person” like me, you`ll like the crema de zapallo (squash creme).  It has a delicate lime flavor that makes you want to lick the plate.  … Continue reading

Best Spot to Enjoy New Year in Panama: Rooftop Terrace of Las Clementinas

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo   Last year, we had the pleasure of being at Las Clementinas for New Years. It was amazing, their rooftop terrace has almost a 360 degree view of Casco and Panama City. The city itself becomes your private firework show, from Paitilla to the Ghery Museum in Amador. This year, Las Clementinas will open again its panoramic roof terrace.  Dinner will include a delicious menu featuring lobster and unlimited mimosas. It is the perfect spot if you don´t like crowds and prefer a more elegant, intimate ambiance. By the way, the brunch the next day … Continue reading

Neighborhood Christmas Party builds a future for children in Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo   On Tuesday, “La Vecindad” was packed with children. Almost 200 kids running around, some jumping literally up and down. The party, which started a couple of years ago, was organized by Idalibeth, a local neighbor and supported by AVACA members. What`s special about this party is that it joins kids from all parts of Casco Viejo, especially those who are sons and daughters of rival gangs deep into the poorest parts of Santa Ana.  Idalibeth herself was part of one of those gangs, until a social program showed her a better way. After that … Continue reading

Spaying event a success in Casco Viejo!

Casco Viejo, Panama, Casco Antiguo Dra. Patricia Chan is an unstoppable force. When you meet her, you know immediately you are in front of a non nonsense person with a deep commitment to the cause. And what a great cause: to clear the streets from unspayed animals, making for a healthier city and happier pets (and owners!). This past Sunday, Spay Panama along with Angeles de los Animales and members from AVACA (Casco Antiguo`s Neighborhood Association) spayed about 60 animals (mainly dogs and cats). The event was amazing, and it benefited neighbors that otherwise wouldn´t have had the means to … Continue reading

Christmas is almost here!

Casco Viejo Panama I`ve been having trouble to upload photos, but there has been so much happening! from the beautiful Carols by the Candlelight concert to small events that range from fashion (Miss Moss at the Casa de la Municipalidad) to small carols at Plaza Catedral by local NGO`s. Today, a big neighborhood party will be happening at Calle 4ta, with more than 200 children from Casco Viejo. I hope I have more luck tomorrow uploading photos! this is a wonderful and pretty fun event, where children from every area of the historic city come together and share.

Caribbean Style at Colonial Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Real Estate and History Panama Panamanians will easily tell you that Panama`s population is a “crisol de razas”, an expression that means the country is a melting pot. Because of our geographic location, Panama became a natural trading hub. It is been said that it was here were tribes from both north and south met to trade. It certainly served its purpose during colonial times, and even today Panama is considered the “hub of the Americas”. As you may guess, this diversity showed in Panama`s culture and DNA, but there are very few places in … Continue reading