Ocú

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The name of Ocú means "Cornsilk", because corn has been one of their main crops for many years. In Ocú two styles of the traditional pollera skirt are made, the Ocueña (all white, for weddings) and the Montuno (daily use), which is the local costume for women and men. The production of these folkloric elements has been passed down from one generation to the next, thanks to the handiwork of the regional artisans. This region celebrates the National Manito Festival, a quintessential folkloric festival in the Republic of Panama, recognized for being the most authentic and for best showcasing the customs and traditions of Panama and its countryfolk.

This festival is the result of the vision of a group of educators from Ocú who saw the need to formalize the festivals and fairs that their ancestors had celebrated in Ocú ever since the era of Panama's union with Colombia. This important festival was first held in August of 1967, the date when those festivities that had been celebrated since the beginning of the Republic of Panama were first named.

Location

The district of Ocú is located in the province of Herrera, 243 kilometers from Panama City, a trip that takes 3 hours and 10 minutes.

How to arrive

  • Bus: From the Albrook Grand Station in Panama City board a bus bound for Chitré. Once in Chitré, transfer to a bus that will take you to Ocú in approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Plane: You may fly from the Marcos Gelabert airport in Panama City to the city of Chitré, where you can transfer to a bus headed to the town of Ocú.
  • Car: If you wish to make the trip in your own car, take the Pan-American Highway. After passing the checkpoint at Divisa, it will be another 10 to 12 minutes before reaching the town of "Manitos".

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Camera

Activities

  • Horseback riding
  • Visit the farm fields to see different crops
  • Manito Festival