Day 59 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 59 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Party like a Panamanian. Celebrate Carnival one more day! Tuesday has the biggest carnival celebration and the largest parties in Panama City. It is known in English as Fat Tuesday and also Shrove Tuesday. The parade hosted on Tuesday easily out does those of previous days. Huge decorated floats parade down the Cinta Costera full of costumed groups from all walks of life. If you are going to choose only one day to experience the party, Tuesday is your best choice. Get ready for hours of dancing and don’t stop until you see the sun rise.

Taking the Bus - Panama: It is easier than you think!

From the Coronado Area to Panama City You can catch all city-bound buses in front of the Super 99 plaza in Coronado in a little bus stop. 99% of the buses that stop there are going to Panama City. This includes both the 30-seat white coaster buses and the larger coach buses. The guy standing in the door of the bus is referred to as “Pavo” in Panama. He will ask where are you going and will confirm the bus is going to “Panama”. All Panama buses go to the Albrook Mall Bus Terminal. Some buses take a loop into Chorrera. If you are pressed for time then ask the Pavo “Directo a Panama, sí?” He will confirm if they are going straight to the city or doing a loop into Chorrera. Board the bus a

The Path of Victoriano: Between History and Adventure!

Traveling through nature is one of the most ancient activities that man has done, moving from one area to another in search of new places for his survival. It gives us the opportunity to appreciate beautiful views, and everything that has to do with the place; fauna, flora, and different cultures. This is the reason why thousands go out to enjoy the areas, for the tranquility, health or just to do a grand trip. In Panama there are a lot of routes where those that love walking and hiking could go to enjoy every type of natural attractiveness, from wooded zones, mountains, beaches, rivers and a rich ethnic variety, each experience offering a unique scenario. History of the Path Victoriano


As you travel throughout Panama, brightly colored panels of fabric can be seen everywhere; on clothes, walls, purses, and hanging in markets. These are known as Molas. Pronounced MO-la, in the Kuna native language, it means ‘blouse’ or ‘clothing’. It is also the word used to describe colorful panels made of cotton fabric and thread created by the Kuna women of Panama. The indigenous people who live on the islands of San Blas. The cloth panels can be seen attached to the fronts and backs of women's blouses. Together with the patterned wrap cotton skirts, the red and yellow head scarves and the characteristic glass bead strings on wrists and ankles they represent the traditional dress of the

What is that?

Panama has some of the most delicious and weirdest fruits and vegetables you will find anywhere. Walking past the produce stand in supermarkets, local markets or the vendors on the streets with their harvest on the back of the truck numerous items can be recognized. The obvious tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, pineapples, bananas, and watermelons to name a few. Then there are those unfamiliar fruits and vegetables that prompt you to think or even say out loud, “What is that?” Visible and not labeled are long brown roots, small yellow things, round red prickly scary looking stuff and odd shaped green objects, some with brown spots, several without, many larger than others alongside a variety of

Fish in Panama

Fishy, Fishy, Fishy Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and of course fresh fish! With miles of magnificent beaches it is no surprise the Panama Riviera has the freshest seafood around. The waters are rich with a variety of fish. Local fisherman can be found in almost every village along the coast. Every day they can be seen cruising in pangas to cast and gather their nets. Telltale signs they are returning with their catch is seeing the sky filled with birds circling the boats anticipating their feast. Often shrimps boats can be spotted in the distance along the horizon. The fish can be purchased fresh off the boats, in the local coop or at the Rio Hato Fish Market. Vendors at the market disp

Canaval in Panama!

Finding a reason to celebrate in Panama is not difficult. Most festivities are filled with family, fun, food, loud music, and fireworks. As a primarily Catholic country, religious holidays are very important. One of the most popular celebrations related to religious beliefs and culture is the Carnival of Panama. It is one of the longest and largest celebrations of pageantry, folklore, and parades in the world. The massive celebrations commence four days before Ash Wednesday. This year in Panama it takes place February. Most businesses, including the government, close down during these boisterous days and nights of music, dancing and drinking in the streets, parades, confetti, floats, costu

Sand Art

The Panama Riviera provides an abundance of new experiences and visual beauty. One of these is the blend of black and white sand found on the beaches and the artwork uncovered as the tides change. Black sand is black in color and can be of different types; a heavy, glossy, partly magnetic mixture of fine sands or consisting of tiny fragments of basalt found on beaches near a volcano. Volcanic beach sand is given the black color by the minerals augite (pyroxene), magnetite, and sometimes hornblende. The black color often comes from the iron in the mineral crystal structure. Black sand is formed when lava contacts water, cooling rapidly and shattering into sand and fragmented debris of vari

Day 58 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 58 of 365 Things to Do in Panama, Get cooled off by a 'culeco'! The days of Carnaval are filled with many traditions and one that sets Panama apart from other world celebrations is the use of 'culecos' or water trucks that spray people in the streets.. As the heat intensifies during the day revelers need to cool off from the dancing and drinking under the hot sun. The shower from the fire hose of the culeco is a refreshing delight!

Day 57 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 57 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Participate and party in Penenome and Panama City during Carnaval. Sunday afternoon is the 'pollera' parade which showcases thousands of women and young girls dressed in the distinctive Panamanian national costume, many joining the march to show off their finery with friends and family. Enjoy the parades with the annual Carnival Queen and her court, along with floats, huge crowds and lively bands playing Panamanian folk music, salsa, merengue, reggae, and every other Caribbean-influenced, exuberant dance music.

Prosperous Panama

February 21, 2017 Panama City, Panama – Panama has come a long way in a short time, more than doubling its per capita gross domestic product in the past decade. At the end of June 2016, it opened the new canal next to the old one that could no longer accommodate the current generation of post-Panamax ships. Panama became an independent country in 1903 when it seceded from Colombia – with the help and encouragement of the United States, which wished to build a canal across the isthmus between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished building the canal in 1914. The 10-mile wide Canal Zone was considered sovereign U.S. territory, until a treaty that was

Day 56 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 56 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Celebrate Carnaval in Las Tablas ~ participate in parades, parties and cultural festivities! Today is 'Disfraz de Fantasia' Fantasty Costume Day. Las Tablas, Panama has the biggest carnival in Panama and all of Central America. There are competing parts of town -- Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo. Each group tries to outdo each other in their floats, bands, parades, fireworks, queens, costumes and song. For five days, each year, Las Tablas becomes the country's "Capital of Joy" and welcomes thousands of visitors It's quite a spectacle!

Day 55 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 55 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Hangout at your favoriite 'watering hole'! Panamanian people love to party and it appears visitors here are no different! You can find a wide varity of nightlife sports-bars, casinos, roof-top bars, pubs, cantinas, beach bars and more, Chat with your friends about 'solving the worlds problems' or sit back, relax and enjoy the live music or cheer for your favorite sports team on television. The opportunities are endless!

Day 54 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 54 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. See the sights of Panama City by land and by sea! The AQUABUS is the only amphibious vessel in Central America and it provides a once in a life time opportunity to view Panama City from land and sea. It is a very unique vehicle that drives through city streets and then plunges into the Bay of Panama and the entrance to the Panama Canal providing for a fun and unforgettable journey.

Day 53 of 365 Things to Do In Panama

Day 53 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Stock up on Supplies! Carnaval is just around the corner and it is a mega-holiday throughout Latin America. Carnaval in Panama always takes place over the four to five days leading up to Ash Wednesday. Even though it’s not an official holiday for the country, many businesses in Panama shut down for the entire time, and the the entire country lets loose to party hearty. People all over Panama gather to drink, eat, and party until the sun comes up for 4 days.

Day 52 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 52 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Search for Sand Dollars. Sand dollars usually live on sandy or muddy flat areas of the ocean floor in shallow water near land. They often live in colonies. Scientists can age a sand dollar by counting the growth rings on the plates of the exoskeleton. and they can live six to 10 years.

Day 51 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 51 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Sip on some Seco! Seco Herrerano is known as the most popular drink in the country and is a source of pride for Panamanians. Although it is made out of sugar cane juice, it is not rum. It is a transparent, practically odorless alcohol that can be mixed with any beverage to make a cocktail. Many use Seco in place of gin in a tonic, and instead of vodka with cranberry juice (or any other kind of juice) or in a Bloody Mary. Some even drink it with milk. The raw material, sugarcane, is grown in the valley of Pesé in the province of Herrera, hence its name Herrerano.

Business in Paradise

Having two distinct and precious gifts: a) location, and b) time allows one an ability to step back from past previous ‘daily grind’s’ and literally ‘smell the roses’. What happens in the process is at times both an education and affirmation at the same time. We are all the sum of our pasts experiences in some form or fashion. Churchill once commented that, “We have not journeyed all this way….because we are made of sugar candy”. Thus it is only natural we come into our present days with a history from our pasts. A eighteenth century British political philosopher, Lord Bolinbroke, said “History is philosophy teaching by example”. So I arrive at my focus today burdened by a past but amia

Day 50 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 50 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Trek Sendero La Cruz in Altos de Campana, Panama's oldest national park. Established in 1966 and an hour drive from Panama city this park is 4817 acres (1950 ha) and 850 meters (2789 ft) above sea level awarding dramatic picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, Punta Chame and on a clear day Isla Taboga. You can hike through several types of terrain including humid tropical and premontane forest and see igneous rocks scattered throughout the park, not to mention the abundance of wildlife.

Day 49 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 49 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Craft for Charity. Do you crochet, sew, knit or like to do crafty things? Donate your talents to Niños de Dios (God's Children) a non-profit organization that makes and distributes newborn baby items to the public hospital in Penoneme. They have made the fifth delivery of 340+ items for the new mothers and day old babies.

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