Whales, dolphins, turtles and surf: Casco Charters

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Just went on a full day trip with Casco Charters. I am not kidding: we saw everything. Granted, this is whale watching season, but I was not expecting to see turtles and dolphins. Plus, my husband caught some waves!

Casco Charters is a new service in Casco Viejo that can take you explore Panama´s bay. Whether it is a 20 minute ride to Taboga, or a full expedition to Pearl Islands, it is as easy as it is amazing. Contact them through their Facebook Page: HERE.

Be prepared, these photos have not been photoshoped!

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Cacique Cruiser, Casco Viejo. Adventures in Panama!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

A few years ago, we took one of Cacique´s trips. It was to the Bayano Caves and we simply loved it. This week, we have visitors in town, but being an ultra busy week we just didn´t have time to arrange activities. A phone call to our friends at Cacique Cruiser, and off they went to San Blas and more!

That´s what I love about living in Casco, everything is so compact. Our guests woke up early and simply walked down the street to meet the guides. We went off to our daily chores, looking forward to see them tanned and with tons of stories!

Feeling like a weekend adventure? contact them at: http://www.caciquecruiser.com/es

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaciqueCruiser?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Textile Artist in Town!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

We had tons of fun! With the help of textile artist Mariah Gillespie, we painted and sew our very own bag.  Cutting, painting, and then trying to figure out how to use a sewing machine. I felt like one of those monkeys in Stanley Kubrick´s film, Space Odyssey touching the monolith. But at the end victory was ours and a bag was made!

Here are the photos of the “bag odyssey”. Tomorrow Mariah and Michael Lombardo will have an open studio at Santa Familia, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thanks to Mariah for the patience and to Gisela at Mamitas for organizing it!

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Casco´s Music Conservatory

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

It isn´t uncommon: people asks us about our company and it gets confusing. We are Arco Properties, but our mother company is Conservatorio S.A. The name comes from Casco´s old Music Conservatory, the first building we restored.

At that time, Plaza Herrera was seen as a red zone.  Conservatorio went ahead and restored the building into small loft apartments for young artists and scientists that were at that time working for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Eventually, a beautiful partnership happened: Panamanian musician Danilo Pérez was looking to create a music school and he had learned his first notes at that building when he was a kid.

It was a positive bomb dropped in the area. The school has grown and delivered amazing results: children from the area now young musicians, with their own bands and everything.

We are so proud to see it featured, I hope you have a second to read the full article HERE.


Open Studio, Aerial Dance Laboratory and Online Art Gallery

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Art, art and more art!

July 22nd: Launch of the online art gallery Mimic Art Gallery. Where: Jerónimo, 7 p.m.

mimic galleryJuly 24th : Open Studio at Santa Familia! artists Michael Lombardo and Mariah Gillespie will be showing their work and how they do what they do!  7 to 9 p.m.  Mariah is a textile artist. Check the link above to take a look at her blog.

open studioAugust 13th: First Aerial Dance Laboratory. At Casa Soldado

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Escapes Magazine Features Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

This month, Escapes Magazine was all about Casco Viejo. Featuring new businesses like Enotria, but also a number of great tips on what to do and where to go.  They included a really nice article on local entrepreneurs from the Esperanza entrepreneurship incubator program.

They launched it at Enotria with a nice cocktail and we had tons of fun. Sorry for the dark photos!

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Crave Casco Viejo!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Craving a bit of Korean style food? Crave is here! at Casa Neuman, in front of El Colegio.  I think we must have tried about 90% of the menu and it has been really nice. My top picks: the brussel sprouts at the very top. If you eat pork, you have to have it. You won´t need a knife, it will just fall from the bone. I try , but why fight against my nature on a Friday night? yes, I ordered dessert: their malt with a shot of bourbon was fantastic.

The staff was super friendly and bilingual! Tel: 6714-4323

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Interesting events in Casco!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Black Novel / July 18th (in Spanish)

Black novel Panamanian writer Ramón F. Jurado will talk about his experience in this genre. At Casa Soldado, 10 a.m. Free.

How to paint a Sari/ July 18th

Learn how to paint India´s traditional dress! event organized by Historic Patrimony Office. By Indira Rao, at the patio of the Arco Chato (inside the convent). From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited space, call to book yours at 228-4012.

Japanese Dolls / until August 2nd

Temporary exhibition at the Canal Museum: Japanese Dolls. Until August 2nd! HERE is their Facebook page.




Entrepreneurship Week Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Great cover for this week´s “Weekend” magazine at La Prensa:  Entrepreneruship Week Panama is coming and it is organized by Harold Maduro (owner of the Co Working space Casco Station), and other young entrepreneurs such as Joey Loreto, Alexandra Liakópulos, Rogelio Arango, and Leslie Quirós.

When is Entrepreneurship Week: July 16th, 6 p.m.

Where: City of Knowledge

Check out the details at the Facebook Page HERE.

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A Piece of Cuba in Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Casasola´s new art exhibition transports you to Cuba back in the 40´s.  They define it as a multisensorial experience, to understand Cuban life at the time by walking into a whole environment. Welcome to the Revolutionary Life and Work of Venancio Díaz Maique, el Maestro de la Leica.

Venancio Díaz Maique, was one of Cuba´s most important photographers.  During his 20 years as a photographer for the magazine Bohemia, he documented some of Cuba´s most important moments. His access to important people of the time, gave him the opportunity to photograph (most of them unpublished) them behind the scenes and on the scene. From Fidel Castro to Omar Torrijos, he had a prolific carreer.

Now, an important part of his collection is showing at Casasola, Casco Viejo.  Walls feature Venancio´s work, which will be up for 6 months. In September they´ll be part of a circuit including Panama´s Contemporary Art Museum. A second round of photographs will be shown.

For those interested in Cuban life and art, this is a great show. You can also schedule a private visit, either Miguel or the owner of the collection are available and can share with you stories behind each photograph.  Since I love ballet, the owner showed me the original negatives of fantastic Alicia Alonso photos during rehearsals. And then, of course, there are the more political ones. Photos showing the moment when they collected all the American pennies to exchange them for the local currency. With today´s historic perspective… you can´t miss it!

Where: Plaza Francia, next to Dodo

When: Mondays to Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Email to schedule a private visit: info@casasola.cc

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