It is easy to forget that Panama has a long, complicated history that dates back to the early 1500s. Panama Viejo is the oldest Spanish settlement on the Pacific coast. It was founded in 1519 and destroyed in 1671 by a fire before Henry Morgan attacked. It was never rebuilt, but the settlement moved to Casco Viejo about 10 kilometers away. About 20 years ago, Panama Viejo became protected thanks to a variety of organizations focused on the conservation of the area.
We finally made time to go to Panama Viejo. It is less than 2 kilometers from our apartment so it was silly that we never stopped to explore.