If ever there was a time to visit Panama, this is it. In 2014 its famous canal celebrates 100 years of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and Panama City is gearing up for the milestone with a slew of major developments.
Panama means "abundance of fish" in an Indian language, and this fame attracts anglers from around the world. The Central American country has positioned itself as one of the main destinations for sport fishing, which has generated an annual visitor spending of over €135 million in lodging, boat rentals, and complementary activities.
The Atlapa Convention Center in Panama's capital opens its doors today to the 10th International Book Fair (FIL, for its acronym in Spanish) that has invited Mexico as the guest country to bring literary and artistic vitality to this lettered festival, according to the organizers and participating authors.
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.