03.12.2012 - 03.18.2012
The place I'm staying in Panama City is Luna Castle, a hostel in the neighbourhood called Casco Viejo. It's a colonial building almost on the water with a stunning view of the Panama City downtown Manhattan style skyline.
This area is extremly safe, the presidential residency is 200 meters from here and it's full of cops and presidential guards.
Yet Casco Viejo is surrounded by one of the most dangerous neighbourhood in Panama City: el Chorillo, just few blocks away from where I am staying. Often cabs that I've taken to go visinting places in town go through that area and I heard that sometimes , specially if they have tourists on board, they get raided by robbers. After finding that out, I made sure to ask the driver to take the longer route and avoid crossing that area.