Where to stay: American Trade Hotel. Located in the historic Old Quarter, the hotel is within spitting distance of the area’s cobblestone streets, painted doorways, beautiful ruins, and outdoor marketplaces where Kuna Indians sell their crafts.
How to acclimate: Esperanza Social Venture Club’s Fortaleza Tours. Walks are guided by former gang members. For $10 per person they promise you will “never look at our streets the same way again.”
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This story is part of Los Angeles magazine’s March 2015 Great Getaways package
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