Monthly Archives: August 2014

Casco Viejo Kids enter National Dance Competition.

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Danza Activa is a dance competition that has been around now for about 5 years in Panama. Last year it had about 300 participants including dancers from Mexico, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the United States. “Enlaces” is the dance program from Fundación Calicanto, that through dance opens doors to a different world and in doing so prevents crime with children from high risk areas. It is all about education and prevention, a big component on self esteem. The program now has a couple of years running with quiet success. Some of their students have … Continue reading

Parking in Casco the Easy Way

Casco Viejo, Panama Have you ever heard: “can´t find parking in Casco”, “had to park on top of a sidewalk”, “parked on a corner and got my car scratched” (if not more). Every day, visitors in Casco jump through hoops to get parking. And yet, there is a full parking building in the old town. What`s the catch? absolutely nothing: just no one is aware that it even exists. When pointed, most people go “ahhhh!” . So I`m hereby sharing the secret spot: Plaza Herrera. How to get to the parking building: if you are coming from Cinta Costera and … Continue reading

Panama Photos 1941 National Geographic Magazine

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Coming back to Panama from a recent trip, we stopped at Albuquerque and hit some antique stores. You won´t believe my surprise when I found in a pile of old National Geographic magazines, an article about Panama. The year was 1941. I simply loved it. Since today we are celebrating the foundation of “Panama La Vieja”, I thought it would be a good moment to put these out there! Plaza Santa Ana   Aerial photo   I think this is at Las Bóvedas, the surf wave: Plaza Arango, also known as the “Lottery Plaza” Plaza … Continue reading

Today! Save the Frog at American Trade Hotel

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo The Golden Frog is a symbol of national pride but also a source of preoccupation on our scientific and environmentalist community. The frog only exists in El Valle, Panama, and walks the tight rope of extinction. Efforts have been made to reproduce it in captivity (successful!) but tons of work still lies ahead. The good part is that the “frog team” is highly motivated. Some years ago, they created the Golden Frog Festival, and every year they do several activities to fund raise for research and conservation. Today, they`ll be at the American Trade Hotel … Continue reading

What If… Calicanto`s Annual Fundraising Gala

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo 1914 was a special year for Panama. It was the inauguration of the Panama Canal. You would think that such an amazing wonder would have attracted the best of the best around the world to come and see it. But no. No one showed up. The main reason was:Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed and by July 2014 World War I had exploded. The Panama Canal was inaugurated in August. A hundred years later, Panama looks back to commemorate one of the Seven Wonders of the World. On this topic, Fundacion Calicanto has decided to give … Continue reading

Turtles Hatched! Nature gift to Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo On the 6th of June a neighbor sent us a photo with the mother laying the eggs. We were not sure if she had done it, though, as she was already leaving. But today, 65 days later… the beautiful gift of life! Another neighbor saw them coming out and helped them to reach the water. Now we have the whole thing documented! it is amazing when you give nature a chance to recover. Let`s keep protecting and caring for our oceans, specially urban beaches like the ones in Casco. We need those reminders that we … Continue reading

Casco Viejo Building Condecorated with Award!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo For third year in a row, the architectural firm Hache Uve has won a Premio Magna given by the Panamanian Architecture and Engineer Association. This time, the awarded building was Casa Vidal, a residential project located at 1st Street in San Felipe, Casco Viejo.  Congratulations to everyone involved! restoring a building in Casco is not a one man show. From land owners to designers, to builders and project managers, there are thousands of hours put into a single unit. Here is Hache Uve`s page on the project: CLICK HERE. And here is a small video … Continue reading