The first films shown in Panama City, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were projected from tents that were propped up in public spaces, some private homes, clubs, and schools.
The folk dance that is most characteristic and representative of the isthmus' traditions is undoubtedly the tamborito. Each region has put their own spin on this Spanish-influenced dance, but it is most associated with the province of Los Santos.
In Panama you will find plenty of surprises around every corner. One may be witnessing a woman wearing our traditional outfit called la pollera, a fashion legacy brought by the conquistadors. This dress, accompanied by elaborate accessories, is considered one of the most finely-sewn and beautiful costumes in the world.
A very common beverage in Panama is the Raspao, available for purchase from street vendors citywide. In the Panamanian version of a snow cone, shaved ice is drizzled with any flavor of syrup you like, whether strawberry, grape, orange, lemon, or even passion fruit, and topped with condensed milk and molasses. Another add-on is malt powder, containing barley malt, wheat flour, and powdered milk.
Sea turtles have survived for 200 million years and date back to the era of dinosaurs. They have withstood natural evolution and all the climate changes, but over time have become threatened by the hand of man. Five of the world's eight species of sea turtles graze and nest on our shores. Sea turtles fulfill important ecological roles in ecosystems as diverse as coral reefs and sea grasses.