Congo dancing arose among blacks on the coasts of Colón Province during the era of slavery. The colorful and contagious dance reflects the sentiments of the enslaved through corporal expressions of struggle and eroticism.

The bare feet that beat along to the loud drumming are immersed in the magic of the African roots that have survived across generations. As the man pursues the woman in the age-old game of love and flirtation, each individual dancer displays spontaneous expressions and deep feelings in a dance related to nature and trance.

The main characters of the Congo dance are: Mecé the Congo Queen, Juan de Dioso the Congo King, their child Juan de Diosito, Pajarito the winged messenger of Palenque who wears a coconut fiber hat, Meminas the Queen's servant women, and of course the Devil who represents evil.

Children are generally referred to as Juruminga or Hormigas, meaning "ants".

The information booth of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) in Valle de Antón recorded a total of 9,795 tourist consultations in 2013, of which approximately 52.1% were by foreigners. 

Panama has climbed to 6th place in the Ranking of the Americas by the International Congress and Convention Association, an entity that highlighted the 60 congresses and conventions held in Panama City that boosted the country ten places higher than in 2012, when it was ranked 36th. This was the topic Caribbean News Digital (CND) Panama discussed with the Panama Tourism Authority's Deputy Minister, Ernesto Orillac.

This protected area, located near the coasts and floodplains of the town of Chame, was created in 1966 as the first national park. The topography across its 4,925 hectares rises from 400 meters above sea level at its lowest point up to the 1,030-meter Cerro la Cruz, and from this natural attraction and hilltop you have a spectacular view of both oceans and the Panama Canal basin. You can also take in panoramic views of other landscape features, such as rivers, estuaries, the rocky outcrop Espave and the Chame Bay. The area is delightful to observe wildlife and go on nature walks during the cool temperatures. At dawn and dusk a fog descends and you will find yourself surrounded by nature.

Location

Located 50 kilometers from Panama City in the province of West Panama, along the Pan-American Highway.

How to arrive

  • Car: After crossing the Bridge of the Americas, also known as Centennial Bridge, drive along the Pan-American Highway until kilometer 60. About 10 minutes after passing the village of Capira,you will see the Loma Campana park entrance on your right hand side.

  • Bus: At the Albrook Grand Terminal you can board a bus taking any of the following routes: Panama - Chame, Panama - Chitré, Coclé, Los Santos, David. Tell your bus driver that your destination is the Altos de Campana park entrance, right off the Pan-American Highway and marked with a sign on the right hand side. From there you can take a taxi up to the park ranger's booth so that you can receive an orientation, precautions, and instructions for your visit.

What to bring

  • Tent and camping gear
  • Water bottles
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Map of the site

Activities

  • Mountain hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Observe wildlife
  • Camping

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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.

Location

Located 100 km from Panama City, in the area of ​​West Panama after the city of Chorrera.

How to arrive

  • Car: Take the Pan-American Highway for about 72 kilometers until you reach a Terpel gas station in the town of Bejuco. Turn right to access the Caracol Beach project, which will take you directly to Punta Chame in another 30 minutes.

  • Bus: From the Albrook Grand Terminal you can board a bus taking any of the following routes: Panama - Chame, Panama - Chitré, Coclé, Los Santos, David. Tell your bus driver that your destination is the entrance to Punta Chame, right off the Pan-American Highway.

What to bring

  • Swimsuit
  • Tent and camping gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Swim floats if with children

Activities

    • Camping
    • Surfing
    • Walks on the beach
    • Leisure and recreation


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