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Culture tour Panama: designed for those wishing to experience the essence of Panama. Appreciate the ethnic and cultural diversity this marvelous country offers on a culture tour Panama.
Panama is divided in nine provinces and four indigenous territories, called comarcas. Each of the provinces/comarcas has its very own, rich and varied folkloric and cultural traditions that can be experienced on a culture tour Panama. Panama’s culture is expressed through its dances, music, instruments, dresses, customs and cuisine. There are some similarities found in the entire country, but every region lives its culture a bit differently:
The Azuero Peninsula which includes the provinces of Los Santos, Herrera and a small piece of Veraguas is considered by many “the cultural heart of Panama” and the best destination for a culture tour Panama. The Peninsula’s inhabitants live their traditions and their folklore proudly and display what we call our “cultura típica” throughout the year in many festivities and celebrations. Also most of the costumes and instrument used in Panama’s folklore – for example the stunning Pollera, devil’s masks or drums – are manufactured in Azuero.
As you can experience on a culture tour Panama, local people are gentle, fun-loving and helpful. The majority of the population is mestizo (mixed Spanish and Indian) or mixed Spanish, Indian, Chinese, and West Indian. Spanish is the official language; English is a common second language. The culture, language and traditions of the Panamanians are predominantly Caribbean.
On a culture tour Panama you will find clear evidence of the rich cultural fusion that occurs in Panama as a result of the country’s location as “bridge of the Americas”. A good example is the Tamborito, a traditional Panamanian song and dance which is a mixture of Spanish and Indigenous dance joined by African drum rhythms. The Tamborito cannot be missing in every celebration on the countryside and is led by a female vocalist and rhythmic clapping from the crowd. Cumbia is another popular dance that shows the fusion on a culture tour Panama. It was introduced by African slaves to the Darien area first but has since then evolved into different styles depending on the region. El Punto on the other side, another popular local dance, is an unquestionable legacy from Spain. This dance has been considered by many as one of the most elegant and romantic dances. In its most elaborate form, El Punto is danced by a woman dressed in her stunning Pollera with a man on a fine horse.
Part of any culture tour Panama is the local cuisine. Due to the influences of American, Spanish, indigenous and Afro-Caribbean immigrants throughout time, Panamanian cuisine is very varied. Traditionally, the indigenous cultivated and eat corn, cocoyam and manioc and meet was usually from deer. With the arrival of the Spanish, rice and beef was added to the diet. Meals on the different islands and in the coastal regions very often consist of fresh seafood with tropical sides.
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