The sub-administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), Jennifer Champsaur, toured the entity's offices in the country's interior provinces to assess the policies the institution will execute with the aim to promote tourism in those areas. 

Among the many Panamanian traditions, on this occasion we'd like to highlight the wide variety of hats made and worn in our countryside.

Each artisan has his own style of hat making that can be noted by the weaving, materials, or regional identity.

A classic example, well known among tourists, is the Painted Hat or Sombrero Pintado, named after the town of La Pintada in the province of Coclé. Characterized for being ​​made of natural fibers, the quality of each hat is determined by the number of rounds of straw woven.


Hats and how they are worn are indicative of the culture, as seen in the following examples:

-Both the front and back hat brims are folded: denotes the wearer's success and sense of fulfillment.

-Only the back of the hat brim is flipped up: denotes the wearer's intellect.

-No fold in the hat brim: intended to protect the eyes from the sun.


These and other insights are shared in the following video.

The dream of putting on an event for all the major players in the food industry in one place came true five years ago. We started with an exposition and a conference, and over the years we have tacked on the Wine Route, the international competition of culinary students (Copa Panama Gastronomica), the Patio of Flavor, and the Demo Kitchen with live shows open to the public. To add to these attractions, this year we bring you a new Gastro Pub and Tasting Area.

-Enchanting Evenings on the Canal / every Saturday in August.

Come out with your family to experience the Panama Canal during its centennial commemoration. Every Saturday in August there will be historical figures, live music and dance performances, fireworks, video mapping projections, exhibits, and 3D movies in celebration of the 100 years of having our Gates Open Proudly.


Historical Overview

This year of 2014 the inter-oceanic route is celebrating its first centenary.