- Bring a camera or film recorder.
- Carry a small backpack for day trips, with anything you would need on that day's excursion.
- If you suffer from any illness, bring along your medicines.
- If you suffer from any allergies, please inform the farm staff upon registration.
- Apply insect repellent when necessary.
- Follow the recommendations of the trained farm staff to prevent accidents.
- Perform a check-up of the vehicle before departing for any agritourism farm, as these are located in rural areas, so as to prevent any inconveniences that may keep you from fully enjoying the tourist experience.
Farms in Coclé Province
- HATO VIEJO RANCH
- PANAMEÑITA VIDA MIA
- EL GUAYABO FARM
- EL SOLANO FARM
- LA BRIKEYA FARM
- ALTERNATIVE FARM
- LA AMISTAD FARM
- LA MARTILLADA FARM
- PEREGUETA FARM
- VISION VERDE FARM
What are handicrafts?
Handicrafts are artistic objects of cultural significance. Whether crafted individually or collectively, by hand or by manually operated machines, the artisans use local and traditional techniques and designs that speak to its authenticity, bringing pride and a stronger sense of identity to the population of a given region.
Artisans can be found in the following rural communities in the province of Coclé: La Pintada, San Miguel, El Valle, El Cope, Machuca, Santa Rita, Farallón, and El Silencio.
Noteworthy crafts of the Province of Coclé:
Fiber weavings: made out of the fiber from more than 70 species of palms, such as La Guágara, Jila, and Matumba.
The range of products woven from fiber include harvesting, bread, and other baskets; fans; dolls; and the famous traditional hat.
The hat is a beautiful product woven very finely from palm fiber, whose market value increases depending on the fineness of the weaving.
There are four types of hats: pinta mosquito (with black dots), blanco (white), junco (rattan), and — the most valued and emblematic— the *PINTAO* (painted), called as such because it is decorated with a combination of white and black colors. You can watch how hat makers create this traditional accessory in the town of La Pintada.
Soapstones: These are mined from the mountains of the province of Coclé, surrounding the village of Membrillo. Artisans use their own initiative and creativity to carve designs and representative figures into the soapstones, inspired from the province's natural and cultural resources.
Cucuá tree bark garments: These articles are crafted in the San Miguel village center, located 34 km. north of Coclé. Dancers of the traditional Cucuá Dance wear a costume made out of this material, which can take up to 18 days to fashion. Artisans also produce other handicrafts by decorating Cucuá tree bark with geometric designs in plant-based dyes from vines and arrowroot that grow naturally in the forests of Coclé.
The Craft Market in Antón Valley, open every day of the week, stores a large quantity of handicrafts made by artisans in the area, who come down from the mountains to display and sell their wares.
The variety of objects on exhibit include dollhouses, trays, furniture and other wooden carvings that are painted and adorned with different designs representative of the flora and fauna, most notably the famous **GOLDEN FROG**.
Coclé cuisine is known for the following dishes:
- Guacho: a risotto-type dish
- Gallo Pinto: beans and rice
- Sancocho de Gallina: Criolle chicken stew with yam
- Rice with pigeon peas
- Tortillas: made out of old corn or baby corn, known as *Changa*
- Buns: made out of coconut, butter, old corn, or baby corn
- Sweets: caramel spread, guava jelly, milk egg candies, and yucca merengue cookies
Sites of Interest in the Province
Tourist sites are places that contain one or more attractions, whether natural or cultural, that allow visitors to better enjoy their tourist experience in rural areas.
Among the tourist sites in the province of Coclé that we can mention are:
- Antón Valley
- La Pintada
- Omar Torrijos Herrera National Park, El Cope General Division, located in El Cope
- Old Town of Penonomé
- El Caño Archaeological Park
Fairs and Festivals around the year
- January 15: Christ of Esquipulas in district capital of Antón
- January 15-31: Orange Fair in Churuquita Grande
- March 15-31: Cucuá Festival north of Coclé
- September: Flower Festival in Antón Valley
- October 13-17: Toro Guapo Festival in district capital of Antón