A VARIETY OF CULTURAL WEALTH, PANAMA IS A COSMOPOLITAN MELTING POT, DUE TO ITS HISTORY OF SPANISH, AFRICAN, AMERICAN AND FRENCH INFLUENCE ACROSS CENTURIES. DIFFERENT CULTURES HAVE BEEN CULTIVATED AND ARE FULL OF FOLKLORE AND TRADITIONS.
Carnival: Celebrate together with the Panamanian people during 4 days of music and folk costumes. Catholicism is the main religion, which brings popular traditions and cultural integrity from where the Panama Carnival originated and now has become one of the largest patriotic celebrations in the country that occurs in Los Santos. Enjoy a ringside seat for the entertaining rivalry between the parade queens of Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo. Dance to The Tamborito (traditional music) and celebrate under the radiant Panamanian sun. Fall in love with the dazzling nights of the Carnival in the streets full of beautiful Polleras (stunning national dress!)
Corpus Christi: Another religious celebration in which the body of Jesus walking on carpets of flowers in the streets, accompanied by dances visiting armed altars in his name. Enjoy seeing the Diablicos Sucios, one of the oldest and most traditional dances, dancing with bells and castanets during the celebrations.
Festival de la Mejorana: visit the shores of Portobello from the El Otro Lado proud member of Panama Hotel Collection in search of their Caribbean traditions and devotion to the Black Christ, which is to this day, its origins still unknown; every 21st October tribute is paid to the unknown in the form of a grand procession consisting of colourful traditions from all over this area.
Indigenous Territories: The Embera Wounaan and the Kuna Yala are part of indigenous territories, where they maintain a traditional lifestyle and have minimal ties with Panamanian regular life. A territory where you can learn from the ancestral customs passed through generations. Each indigenous community is different, where they produce singular types of crafts and wear distinctive traditional clothing.
An adventure to get there:
- To reach the Embera Wounaan you have to travel upriver on the Rio Chagres on a pirogue (type of canoe), where you can admire the hand made palm tree huts, eat fish and fried plantains and join with the traditional dances.
- A must see is to go to the Guna Yala in San Blas and learn about their customs and lifestyle; visit the islands that make up the archipelago and watch the Guna women dress in their beautiful traditional costumes with amazing colourful jewellery from the stunning Yandup Island Lodge.
A dip in the local culture: The famous Molas designed with several layers of fabric in different colours, handmade using a reverse appliqué sowing technique. There are also amazing leg beads to wear!
Festival of the Flowers: Go to La Feria de Las Flores and be wowed by the cultural beauties found in the heights of Boquete at Hotel Panamonte.
Boquete Jazz Festival & Jazz Festival Panama City: Listen to the best jazz music with both international and local artists which makes the ambiance just that much better!
Museums: The city has great places to see the cultural history left behind from the hybrid of cultures which have been engrained on Panamanian society.
LET PANAMA HOTEL COLLECTION SHOW YOU AND COME AND FALL IN LOVE WITH WHAT PANAMA HAS TO OFFER YOU!