The traditional countryside wedding, which takes place as part of the National Festival of Manito in Ocú, Herrera Province, is a religious and cultural celebration that promotes respect and family values and is considered the only one of its kind.

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.


Historical Overview

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

When we talk about pride, we're talking about our culture — we're talking about Panama. 

Admission to the XXXVII National Craft Fair recently held in Panama exceeded expectations, as a total of 27,086 visitors attended this event. 

The low-cost airline Viva Colombia launched their inaugural flight today from Bogotá to the international airport Panamá Pacífico in Panama City. 

The Panama Tourism Authority notifies all visitors presently in national territory and those who have Panama as their tourist destination that the tourist health insurance contract expired last June 30, 2014 and this service is now concluded.

A planned increase in direct flights from Bogota to the Scarlett Martínez airport in Río Hato was announced last Friday by the President of the Republic Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, accompanied by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and the Panama Tourism Administrator (ATP), Jesús Sierra Victoria. 

Chef Alfonso de la Espriella presented us with a variety of seafood dishes and succulent pastas that he prepares for the public at the restaurant La Trona, located on Uruguay Street.