The first thing you'll see is the vast series of beaches that comprise the province of West Panama and connect with the beaches of Coclé. The scenic drive down this peninsula is on a highway flanked by beaches and also affords breathtaking views of the highlands of Chame, Campana, Taboga, Otoque, and Boná. Along the way you can stop at craft booths or roadside restaurants for a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Located 100 km from Panama City, in the area of West Panama after the city of Chorrera.
How to arrive
What to bring
With the aim of continuing to strengthen trade ties with Barbados, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Francisco Álvarez De Soto, held a meeting this past April 30th with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Barbados, Maxine McClean, as part of the 6th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and to discuss issues of common interest.
The very first step, before putting on any jewelry or adornments, is the hairdo.
Make a part down the middle of the head and put the hair into two pigtails above the ears. Braid each one, wind them up, and secure into a bun. Now proceed to insert the hair ornaments, first the hair comb in the back of the head, then the side hair combs, and finally the headdress.
Earrings may be made out of gold with precious stones in varying colors and sizes, such as ruby, emerald, or topaz.
The most popular earrings for women wearing a pollera are a tri-hoop made of jet (Zarcillos), a pendant of small coins shaped like a closed eye (Dormilonas), a pearl-drop decorated mostly with cultivated pearls (Mosquetas), and golden hoops made of pearls, coral and traditional goldsmith design (Tangos).
The neck is embraced with a "bone-cover" necklace or choker.
The pollera-wearer delicately and simply covers her clavicle bone by wearing a gold medallion or cross, which is strung through a velvet or black satin ribbon for the Montuna polleras.
The gold choker is adorned with hearts and very delicate butterflies decorated with pearls and filigree gold.
To decorate the pollera blouse and chest, there are several delicate pieces that resemble those worn by the Spaniards during the colonial era.
The cadena chata, which includes the cross of Caravaca, is a delicate chain with golden filigree decorations, the rosary can be made of pearls or other stones, and the showy cabestrillo has an ornament the size of a large golden coin and imprinted with a shield. Interestingly, the witch chain is known for springing open once it is moved.
Additional necklace options include the ducktail scapular, the open cord, the Solomonic chain, the single chain, the chains of charms, and the half orange chain. All are imbued with meaning and have a specific placement that allows for appreciation of each necklace's length, inlays, pearls, and designs, among other features.
Accessories for the Pollera
Additional accessories include buttons on the petticoats, bracelets that usually match the haircombs, and golden buckles and brooches to fasten the multiple chains and cords resting on the pollera costume.