Traditional Rice Harvesting Meeting

Live a 100% authentic experience joining the traditional rice harvesting meeting of a small community on the Azuero Peninsula. The entire community gathers in order to help the owner of a small piece of land to harvest the rice on his field. With Cubitá Tours you have the exclusive opportunity to mingle with the locals and experience one day in the life of a Panamanian farmer.

For questions and reservations of this unique and 100% authentic experience for the traditional rice harvesting meeting please contact us at 910-0188 or at info@cubitatours.com.

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Expert Guide

Your Cubitá Tours guide will provide insight in the traditions and culture of Panama’s countryside.

Meet the Locals

Participate in this community activity and experience one day in the life of the local farmers.

Traditional Cuisine

Enjoy freshly prepared beverages and local dishes cooked over the fire during this experience.

Transportation

Transportation from and to your hotel so you don’t need to worry about finding your way around.

 

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Traditional Rice Harvesting Meeting

In the morning, you will be transferred from Chitré to a small community on the Azuero Peninsula to participate in the traditional rice harvesting meeting. Your expert Cubitá Tours guide will provide you with insight in the traditions and culture of Panama’s countryside while you mingle with the locals and take part of this authentic activity. At noon, you will enjoy a traditional Panamanian lunch, freshly prepared over the fire.

The traditional rice harvesting meeting is a very traditional way for Panamanians to show their spirit of community. Usually, the owners of small plots of land do not have the resources to buy our hire a mechanized harvester, and the work of collecting the rice from the field would take too much time for a single family to do. So, the owner of the field invites the whole town and even neighboring communities to spend a day helping him with the harvesting process.

Usually, the men cut the rice with blades attached to their wrists and pack it in clusters. The children carry the clusters while the women prepare a traditional meal for all the participants. Being a solidary activity of the entire village, the traditional “saloma”, music and dancing is also part of the rice harvesting meeting.

The workday of all the people who go to the junta is donated to the owner of the harvest. This is done for free, however, the workers happily agree to this because the know that when the time comes for them to build a house, to harvest a field or a similiar daunting task, the owner and the whole town will be there to help them too.

About the Traditional Rice Harvesting Meeting
Date:To be confirmed
Duration:6 hours
Bring:Light clothes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera
Included:
  • Transportation from / to Chitré
  • Participation in the traditional rice harvesting meeting
  • Experienced Cubitá Tours guide providing insight in Panama’s traditions and culture
  • Traditional lunch and beverages prepared freshly by the locals
  • All taxes
Important Notes:
  • The date may be changed without prior notice due to the climate.
  • For accommodation at the Cubitá Boutique Resort & Spa for the weekend of the rice harvesting meeting please contact us.