Panama City celebrates 500 years of foundation
Archaeological, cultural and human value, highlight the commemoration of the 500 years of a city that since its foundation has become a transit route for the world - Panama City.
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Archaeological, cultural and human value, highlight the commemoration of the 500 years of a city that since its foundation has become a transit route for the world - Panama City.
A country that has been developing its gastronomic potential which has been recognized worldwide. Peruvian culinary talent found in our country the perfect venue to showcase its most traditional and innovative dishes to the world. This wave of opportunities was what culture and gastronomy brought the talented chef merge, an unforgettable Aristóteles Breña and start experience that exceeds all his first restaurant Nazca 21, expectations.
An hour and a half from the tables there is a beach paradise that will make you disconnect from absolutely everything. This destination is located in Tonosí, Los Santos, it is named for the abundance of cambutes, a kind of snail with a delicious mollusk, sought after for its exquisiteness..
Given the success of craft beers from the La Fabrica and International Brewers in Panama in its first months of life, the brand continues to bet on beer culture, innovation and creativity....
There are so many things to do in Panama City, it's hard to know where to start. Whether it's shopping, tourism, live music, or wine and restaurants, this cosmopolitan city really has something for everyone. The same goes for fun outdoor adventures. One of the biggest requests from tourists and expats who live or travel to Panama, is to know where to find the best adventures and outdoor activities, whether in the city, or nearby. Luckily there is a lot to do and you will find that your next outdoor escape is just around the corner, and at a budget and skill level that suits everyone. Here are our suggestions for the best things to do outdoors in Panama City and its surroundings.
An impressive place, still uninhabited, is Isla Iguana, a paradise in the middle of the Gulf of Panama, in the Pacific Ocean. Isla Iguana is located 320 kilometers southwest of Panama City, in the District of Pedasí, Province of Los Santos, 7 kilometers from the coast (45 minutes by small boat). This island is formed by intrusive basalt 50 million years ago and is covered by marine sedimentary rocks of the Cenozoic era.
Although its preparation only requires having a grill and quality meat, its preparation goes beyond, since beef is not the same in all areas of the animal. Here the cuts of meat come into play, very different between them. If you are thinking of making a barbecue at home, do not forget to take into account the differences they have in order to cook them properly. The cuts of Argentine meat possess a series of very marked peculiarities that distinguish them from those of the other countries including Spain.
El Mercadito Biologico specializes in the highest quality, full-blown vegetable cuisine. Serves dishes without gluten, with a low glycemic index, with the addition of super foods, with a low content of saturated fat, organic products and derived from local suppliers. By focusing on high-quality ingredients, the owners are promoting healthy trade in the food market distribution of Panama.
One of the most complicated tasks in quarantine is to entertain the children, so we propose 10 easy and fun recipes to prepare as a family.
The health authorities have taken extreme measures to isolate and even totally quarantine some of Santiago's municipalities. This measure, relieves the importance of staying at home to prevent, among all, that the Coronavirus Covid-19 continues to spread.
The oldest and smallest neighborhood in Panama City, Casco Viejo, is known for its historic character, beautiful architecture and vibrant nightlife, and although it is within walking distance of the heart of the city full of skyscrapers, it feels like a a world away.
On February 7 and 8 will be held in Pedasi, in the Panamanian province of Los Santos, the third edition of Barro Fest, an event that integrates the traditional festival of the board of embarra with a show of indie rock
Panama has responded quickly to the COVID19 epidemic, allocated economic resources, succeeded in sequencing the virus genome to quickly diagnose cases that appear in the country, strengthened its health system and taken steps to isolate citizens. The heads of the UN agencies in the country believe that there are lessons to be exported to other Latin American countries.
These are four very intense days away from work, the office or shopping, which are replaced by numerous parades, floats, dances, costumes and masks that are found in the main streets of both the capital and the rest of the towns where it is celebrated in style.
Located in the Caribbean, between Colon and the Bocas del Toro archipelago, we find a unique island, not only in Panama, but in the world. The Escudo de Veraguas, located in the Ngabe - Bugle region, is an island of only three hectares, if you are well equipped with high boots, long pants and bravery, to face the lush jungle that covers the island.
Anyone who has ever been curious about a cocktail and this has led him to inquire about the origins of the combination of concoctions, surely has encountered the difficulty of drawing a line that takes from our days to the moment of birth. And as happens with mixtures, with the art itself to make them happens three quarters of the same. The bifurcations that we find in history, reaching the beginning of the whole, are more than numerous. When we speak of an origin and a history we must use the plural.
Located in the Cordillera de Talamanca, in the western province of Chiriqui, Volcan Baru is the highest peak in Panama and the third highest active volcano in Central America, surpassed by Fire in La Antigua and Santa María, both in Guatemala . Climbing the Barú Volcano is one of those "must do" routes in Panama. They call it the roof of Panama because from its privileged 3,474 meters high you can appreciate the Caribbean Sea and the South Sea. Today we want to show you the different routes to get to this wonderful place.
On the south eastern shore of Panama in the exclusive Buenaventura Community,only 80 minutes outside of Panama City, the Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort is the most luxurious and complete beach and golf resort in the country....
Anyone who loves beer prefers quality over quantity, and no doubt artisan breweries come into play here. Did you know that Casa Bruja crafted brew was born in 2013, one of the first Panamanian brewery that has now become one of the best in Latin America? With over 30 international awards and more than 35 different beers types made, Casa Bruja has managed to inspire Panama with their beers and now some other countries as well.
Andres Morataya, chef and owner of Panga restaurant, said that at the beginning of this year they were lucky enough to be considered as one of the 29 nominees in the Off - Map Destinations category (restaurants located in remote places). "It is nice to put the name of Panama on an international level, I feel happy", said Morataya smiling a Guatemalan living in Panama. The jury is made up of 100 respected industry people, he explained.
With only three square kilometers and located in the province of Bocas del Toro, is this small Panamanian tropical paradise. It is considered the habitat par excellence of the three-fingered pygmy sloth. Despite the little interaction, the sloth is in critical danger of extinction. It is also home to the red and blue arrow frog.
After the success of the pilot edition, we celebrated the second convocation of the Panama-Locarno Industry Academy International, an initiative organized by the Panama International Film Festival and the Locarno Festival.
To experiment with new dishes and collaborate with culinary experts without seeing them as a competition is necessary to boost the international recognition of Panamanian cuisine
Five hours from Panama City by car or 45 minutes by charter flights is Pedasí, a district in the province of Los Santos, located on the southern tip of the Azuero peninsula. This place has become the new offer for beach tourism, sightings of turtles, cetaceans (whales) and wildlife refuge. Admired for its security, gastronomy, customs, traditions and rural architecture, thousands of tourists come to this place to make their vacations the most comfortable of their lives. Consolidated as a true tourist landscape and full of spectacular relaxation sites that intertwine culture and ecology, Pedasí undoubtedly represents one of the greatest treasures of this Central American country. In each of the corners of this cozy town you can find something interesting to do, from visiting an enclave or enjoy the beautiful prints of customs and traditions that impress Panamanians and foreigners, even surfing at Playa Venao.
Panama, has everything to be a cosmopolitan, extensive roadways that facilitate the transit of those who live in it or are visiting, the presence of major companies within the city, and an invaluable architectural development, which have made it the whereabouts of a large number of tourists and home to countless foreigners, the nightlife in Panama does not escape from being equally incredible.
The Fish Market a restaurant in Casco Antiguo, serving up street food with a twist. The rotating blackboard menu of fresh seafood fuses flavours of Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean and might include fish gyros, gazpacho with prawns, thai green fish curry, Vietnamese sandwiches, furikake tuna steaks.
Hamburger fever has hit the city hard, and more and more local bars are added to this wave of hamburgers. A downfall for many, a challenge for others and a delicacy for us. Esa Flaca Rica bite, original from Chiriquí, and represents of one of the best burger capable of knocking down anyone. Undoubtedly, it is difficult to choose which one on the offer is the best, so here we give you our opinion on one of the favourite hamburgers of Panama.
After working for years in restaurants and tv programs, traveling all over the world, Chef Felipe Milanes returned to Panama and opens a restaurant Tomillo on Calle 12 with Avenida A in Casco Viejo.
In the province of Chiriqui, there are Las Lajas, an extensive beach of 15 kilometers long, and kilometers of mangroves that house various species of fauna, plants and trees. Although its greatest attraction is tranquility, an area of Panama liberated by the time of a mass tourism that comes to transform and change the environment.
MyGuide Panama spoke with Avi Barak, coOwner and chef of the OAK restaurant, who seeks in his kitchen the fusion between local raw materials, new techniques and his own Israeli culture full of its flavors and aromas of his past.
For more than 10 years this important restaurant located in the gastronomic zone of Panama has been converted by the exquisiteness of its dishes in the most famous of the region. Inspired by this noble tradition, it is born in our country as a tribute to that unmistakable taste of Argentine food, Los Anos Locos, barbeque, bar and restaurant, located in San Francisco of PanamaCity.
Crossing the dense Panamanian jungle, witnessing the excavations of the French in the 19th century, observing how engineering a century ago transformed international shipping and tropical medicine.
The administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), Ivan Eskildsen, handed over to the authorities of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (Mici) the proposal called "Strategic Plan for the Reactivation of Companies, Services and Activities in the Tourism Sector".
Thanks to the creation of a penal colony on the Island of Coiba (1919-1991), seventy-five percent of the island is old and virgin forest and is full of exotic birds and other animals. Having been home to some of the most feared criminals in the country and many political prisoners, few people dared to get too close to the island.
A popular destination for those who wish to travel in Latin America is Panama, a republic located in the southeast of Central America. The main and strongest areas of tourism within the country are those of businesses, beaches and shops. Making thousands of people want to visit it.
The chef in charge is Roberto Richa and following in the line is Erasmo Bosquez. It is a duo that from the outside they seem to work and create their dishes in a reserved way, but when they put the dish in front they speak for themselves, or rather, they shout at you alone.
The Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort, which debuted earlier this year in Panama City, Panama, has launched a new gastronomic venture in the city’s thriving culinary scene with the opening of The Grill House FSH & STK, a fine-dining restaurant inside the resort’s clubhouse that overlooks its golf course. Poised to be a top gathering spot for locals and visitors alike, The Grill House concept focuses on classic steakhouse staples while incorporating progressive Panamanian flavors.
Located in the San Francisco area, Intimos’ menu offers traditional Panamanian ingredients varied with international cooking techniques and finished with unique and creative twists. The use of organic produce from local farmers reflects in flavour, texture, and a colourful presentation.
Alongside the leisure and recreational facilities, an 18–hole Nicklaus Design par–72 championship golf course rounds out the offerings. Painted in warm earth tones and topped with tejas, the Buenaventura closely integrates with the natural environment and the nascent residential area, creating a bit of a southern California suburban feel.
Mexican food is made up of a series of delicious dishes such as cochinita pibil, pozoles, ahuautle pancakes, and so on. However, the exquisite taste so rich - and sometimes very spicy - is due to the combination of ingredients of pre-Hispanic and European origin.!
The Bristol Hotel Panama City is one of those places you have trouble leaving – of course, never due to problems checking out. The quiet ambience and seamless service make this business-friendly hotel one for the books indeed. Never short of compliments, guests rant about everything from the ambience, and the lobby scents, to the prime location. A stone’s throw from Del Carmen Church, Via España and Calle 50, lies this stylish haven with optimum service at its heart.
Roberto Richa's first childhood memories are evocations of the aromas and flavors produced by the different dishes that his grandmother made in the oven, as well as the textures and fragrances of one of the most emblematic dishes of Lebanese cuisine that his "Sette" was perfect: the taboule. Not only the delicacy and complexity of culinary traditions from Lebanon and Spain shaped Richa's palate.
La Fabrica is a Brewhouse complex that is a part of International Brewers, an authentic craft brewery and a Gastropub located on the same site, whose originality lies in the in-house elaboration of practically all its gastronomic offer. From the variety of beers that supply the handmade siphons, to the bread that is baked daily with its own seal.
La Fabrica presents an elaborated menu where the original flavours and homemade ingredients are reflected in each of the dishes created to surprise you.
After the years, Don Julio, who will personally inspect the quality of the tobacco offered for sale in his stores. Quality control is decreasing thanks to the high counterfeit existing in tobacco products; This was the reason to decide to launch their own line of tobacco. Committing that their cigars carry the highest quality specifications, able to compete with the best cigars in the world.
The Casa Escondida restaurant has a mystical atmosphere, the fact of being located in a large house in San Francisco, surrounded by vegetation, impregnates an extra pleasure to the daily homage of your good table.
Fingers intertwining ancestral techniques. Millenary traditions that pass from generation to generation. Cultural gestures that make up a part of the personality of Panama. In order to conserve, preserve and transmit the importance of these gestures, the Mua Mua Foundation was born as the first Cultural Rescue Center in the country, in 2011. Keeping alive the wealth that is transmitted in each aspect of Panamanian craftsmanship joined Grupo VerdeAzul and Karavan Gallery in the creation of the Mua Mua Foundation, where the traditional is synonymous with value. The craftsman's craft is entering the path of extinction. To stop this trend, an intervention focused on conservation, information for the public, preservation and commercialization is necessary.
Many people consider it a land of opportunity with a tropical climate, favorable tax systems, a thriving city, and an excentric culinary scene.
Western culture has brought together in the Valentine's Day celebration a number of ancient customs, many of them ritualized, aimed at celebrating, promoting and extolling the love of the couple. It is celebrated in a different way from one corner of the world to another. In Spain, lovers give each other a gift and it is a day where there is no lack of flowers and romantic dinners.
What do we like to see during Christmas? Which titles are the so-called "must see"? Check out our subjective list of the best Christmas films! These are 5 famous productions that are loved by viewers all over the world. We will never get bored with Christmas films.
To talk about Christmas in Panama is to talk about a mixture of cultures and customs, as Panamanians celebrate with a combination of North American, Spanish and own practices, so we will mention the main traditions at this time.
The Panama Jazz Festival transforms lives through its educational programs carried out by the Danilo Perez Foundation, programs created and sustainable thanks to our most important reduction event, the Gala Night at Atlapa's Anayansi Theater.
A group of young entrepreneurs have developed a cultural festival called “Barro Fest”, which celebrates the power of the community that we find in the tradition of the Embarra Board and in the indie rock scene.
The icon known and internationally associated to Panama is its Channel. It is also your most wanted product. With the possible exception of tourists entering Bocas del Toro from Costa Rica, the unique experience of exploring the Panama Canal is pursued by every foreigner who sets foot in our country.
Copa Airlines launched a campaign on Wednesday that aims to attract more than 125,000 tourists to Panama, encouraging travelers in transit to stay in the Central American country for up to a week, on their way to their final destination or country of origin. "Panama Stopover" (Panama Escala) campaign, which offers "knowing two destinations with the price of one", was presented at the facilities of the Biodiversity Museum, in the capital, by Copa in conjunction with the Panama Tourism Authority ( ATP) and the Tourism Promotion Fund (Promtur), which collaborated on the idea. The airline said that with this offer it seeks to encourage the more than 6 million passengers that annually travel through Panama to include an extended stop in their itinerary. the country of up to seven days at the time of buying the ticket, without additional cost in the air fare. This way, tourists can enjoy two destinations for the price of one.
What experience do you have to be a Tourism Minister, besides having developed a hotel?
I spent six years developing a hotel, real estate complex and tour operator of cultural tourism. I organized the Barro Fest, which mixes rock with a board. And I was vice president of the Apede Tourism Commission.
Music is the protagonist in many events of our lives. A song can take us to specific moments of our memories. It is that powerful a symphony that you can transport us and fill us with emotion. Listening to music we relax and motivate ourselves. With it, we find rhythm or balance. And nothing beats the experience of listening to your favorite music performed right in front of you. Living the moment and emotions first hand is a delight. Therefore, we have put together a list of music venues where you can enjoy live music in Panama City.
Jaime Aristoteles Brena is a great Peruvian chef born in Huancavelica, who has been leaving Peruvian gastronomy in the Caribbean country of Panama, with his Restaurant “Nazca 21” and has more than 25 years of experience in the art of cooking, specialized in seafood.
Before the Spanish conquerors arrived at the isthmus, the indigenous groups ate corn, squash, otoe, yucca, tapir meat, zaino and squirrel, as well as fruits such as bananas and pixbae. The Spaniards not only imposed monoculture and extensive breeding of cattle, but it took a long time to give up their European diet: olives, wine, oranges, chickpeas and eggplants.
He also highlighted other achievements of national cuisine, such as Mario Castrellón, who remained as a finalist in the Basque Culinary World Price, dedicated to chefs who work to improve society through gastronomy. Or like the distinctions that have taken the books T’ach of Charlie Collins and Chombo Style of Cuquita Arias de Calvo, among many other achievements of Panamanian chefs.
Among surfers, it is said that Panama has beaches for all levels and types of surfers: for those who like to break waves, for those who prefer to slide inside a large water pipe, for those who enjoy sailing on their board, for those who dare with pirouettes and short flights above the sea. It is known that Panama has more than 50 points to surf in comfort, without fuss or multitudes.
Panama will host the Regional Congress of Hospitality and Tourism to address positioning, integration, growth and technology of the sector
Panama tourism, once again, stands out in the Latin American region. For the World Economic Forum, Panama is now a regional tourism power. Panama is the most visited country in Latin America. Either by tourists who make stops in the country, or who come to spend a few days on vacation, Panama received only last year, more than two million visits, with tourists who entered mostly from the ...
Before starting the tour, the administrator of the Tourism Authority of Panama, Iván Eskildsen, said that the Coffee Circuit has a very strong component "that we are going to support and promote." In addition, he recalled that in the first Tourist Cabinet held in the Biomuseum, in the capital city, it was mentioned that tourism products will be prioritized The Folklore Route, The Transistmic Colonial Route and the Coffee Circuit.
Before traveling to a new destination, I always try to do some background research. However, before my visit to Panama, I was unable to study the destination in advance. What resulted was an eye-opening experience I didn’t see coming. I had been to Central America twice before, and loved it, so I had high expectations, but Panama still surprised me.
After so much adrenaline comes calm. A tour of the calm waters of Gatun Lake by cayac is recommended, especially to relax the body. This sport can be done as a couple, alone or in a group observing the natural landscape and enjoying the cool breeze that embraces while paddling. And if you prefer, you can take a boat ride with capacity for 20 people
Tourism is currently one of the most important economic and cultural activities of our country. We understand by tourism all those activities that have to do with knowing or enjoying regions or spaces in which one does not live permanently. We can observe different types of tourism: cultural, adventurous, entertainment, relaxation tourism.
Tourism Promotion Fund has the goal of increasing by 100 thousand the number of visitors that arrive annually in the country, an increase that would be determined by the development of advertising campaigns in five areas.
Considered the diamont of San Francisco, the restaurant 5inco seeks to surprise for its flavors worthy of the "urban kitchen". Its executive chef, Roberto Richa, graduated from the Academy of Culinary Arts of Panama, second generation of the academy, studied Gastronomy and Bakery in Mausi Sebess, Argentina. In his first years he worked with chef Fabien Migny in the Eurasia restaurant, then he strengthened his knowledge in Argentina in different restaurants and was the chef of the Brazilian Embassy in Argentina.
In August 2019, Panama City will celebrate its 500th anniversary—the city has a long and storied history, from its founding by the Spanish to its 1671 sacking by pirate Sir Henry Morgan to its declaration of independence from Colombia in 1903. And, of course, there was the construction of the Panama Canal, which in 1914, connected the world like never before.
I had the privilege of hosting two great Cass Tours groups on our annual trip to Pedasi, Panama, each group consisted of 16 anglers. We have been fishing Pedasi since 2001 and there’s a reason its called the “Tuna Coast” as this area has an enormous population of Yellowfin Tuna though most are football size fish anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds we have on occasion caught 100+ pound tuna.
With more than 300,000 attendees and $4.5 million in scholarships announced since 2005, the Panama Jazz Festival is one of the most important events in the region. Its master classes, which provide approximately $85,000 in music education, have become the Bridge of the Americas for students throughout the region, creating unprecedented educational tourism in Latin America and acting as a global example of responsible, inclusive and fair globalization.
After undertaking five years ago with the Nazca 21 restaurant and opening a second location in San Carlos, chef Aristóteles Breña started this year with a third franchise located in the Costa del Este Ocean Mall, and whose letter preserves one of the badges of Peruvian food: the preparation of dishes based on seafood. Our visit opened with an appetizer pisco sour and an entrance recommended by the house: the imperial seafood jelly, one of the most requested delicacies prepared with chicharrón of fish and a mixture of seafood served with fried yuccas and bathed in Creole sauce. 'One of the first things we did was to think about our audience. For the public in Panama we have been adapting many flavors and softening some sauces and spicy ', explains Breña, who details that another of the most requested dishes of the menu is undoubtedly the traditional ceviche, based on fresh fish and whose cooking is It produces in the lemon juice with purple onion and a fair dose of itching.
2019 seems to be a great opportunity for Central America to place Panama in the TOP 5.
As every year, the prestigious American magazine The New York Times launched 52 recommendations with its tourist attractions around the world. And 2019 seems to be a great opportunity for Central America, placing Panama in the TOP 5 of the 52 countries that must visit during this year change.
Spanish cuisine is one of the most important in the world, valued and internationally known for its quality and incomparable products. It is true that in the international arena French or Italian food, for different reasons, have an impact beyond their frontiers.
The second chapter of Food Truck Race starts with strength as competitors were subjected to tests of speed and dexterity of their kitchen...
Avi Barak perfectly combines his experience as an international chef with his more than 17 years of residence in Panama, offering a fusion menu that exalts the best of two gastronomic worlds, creating a unique sensory experience.
To eat and stay in San Blas you have different options. Each island is carried by a Kuna Yala family and establishes its own rules. Some islands allow to stay in cabins, others have the option "free camping", others have their own tents pre-assembled and there is some that even has a resort.
Over the past two years, we’ve watched the food truck scene explode in Panama. With this year’s Food Truck festival, and weekly food truck lunches in Panama City, we are excited to say, the food truck trend seems here to stay, in Panama.
The celebration of the burger week is about to come to an end in the participating venues, however, there is still a date to celebrate. And it is that, of almost 50 restaurants that participated in this long-awaited edition, only six were selected for the next stage: The Burger Challenge Fest.
There are four ways to get to the San Blas archipelago by land. Two of these ways of visiting San Blas are very expensive: the first is the organized tour, which picks you up at your hotel in Panama and that will cost no less than $ 200 (sleeping one night and with the tickets separately) and the other expensive way to visit the islands is to travel by boat from Colón or from Colombia, which is also one of the most glamorous ways to visit the San Blas archipelago from Panama or to cross the Darien cork. The problem is that a trip by boat of two or three nights will not be less than 500 dollars per person.
Pisco is an exquisite grape distillate, made from the distillation of fermented musts of "pisco" varieties, produced in authorized regions and with traditional methods of production that preserve their quality and authenticity. For "pisco" grapes we refer to 8 varieties of grapes authorized by the denomination of origin to make pisco.
Exos is one of the most experienced and respected techno artist from Iceland since the mid nineties, Exos has been releasing more than twenty vinyl records and three albums trough the years. Exos’ debut appeared at age 17 with his first EP on Thule records. Releases on the legendary "Force inc" label and Mosaic Records came out in1999 alongside EPs for Ben Sims’ Symbolism records. His third album, ‘My Home is Sonic’, was re issued in 2015 by Dutch mainstay Delsin records. Its lauded as a classic of modern techno and was voted the album of the year 2001 by “mbl.is“, one of most prominent newspaper source in Iceland.
Order an exotic cocktail and watch from the red comfort of your armchair as staff mix
your drink; sit back, enjoy the background jazz, piano and variety of live shows and
imagine yourself in a speakeasy environment.
While traveling in Panama, one cannot miss Playa Venao, a dreamy surf town located on the Pacific Ocean of the Azuero Peninsula. Its natural beauty and activities on offer make it a universal destination appealing to an audience with variety of passions. Surfing, fishing and gourmet dining are complemented by great electronic music showcases that happen several times a year. Even though this might come as a surprise – this small beach destination indeed is home to some of the best boutique music events in Central America.
One of the main professional golf tours returns this season to the country. In March, the PGA Tour Latin America will launch its tournament schedule with the Buenaventura Classic. The PGA Tour Latin America returns this year to the Buenaventura Golf Club, after almost three seasons outside the tournament schedule.
Barrio Pizza begins with its base: a light dough made only with flour, yeast, water and salt; its San Marzano tomato-based sauce; mozzarella cheese, and to give it that unique texture, the pizza spends only 90 seconds in the oven.
Panama, 6:15 in the afternoon, the sun begins to get lost on the horizon while leaving a beautiful sky lit with shades ranging from the most intense orange to the most blurred pink in a matter of minutes. This is the time that every day delights us the evening giving us a perfect sky to immortalize the beauty of nature that surrounds us.
Panama is a country that falls in love! Its colorful streets, the warmth of its people, its beaches and its food with a Caribbean touch seduce anyone. I must confess that this Latin American country I was for the first time in 2011, but its appearance is very different from that of seven years ago. Its renovation is easy to notice because of the significant number of skyscrapers that have emerged, the expansion of its Canal and the restoration of the Old Town, site that rescues the colonial style and that is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1997.
The craft beer market has been growing in Panama since 2013. Previous to that year, the offer was minimal and of little variety, but nowadays new options enter the market of constant way. Several local breweries have opted to participate in international competitions, where they have obtained high recognition, helping with this to position Panama in the international market as a country of quality beer production.
Farallon is a beautiful beach along the Pacific coast of Panama. With soft white sand and calm waters, it is increasingly becoming one of the most popular beach destinations in Panama. Activities are usually swimming and sunbathing, although there are other options that include boating, water skiing, fishing and golf.
Las Tablas is the most populated city among all those located south of the Panamanian isthmus. It is located on the Pacific side and although it is not known exactly when it was founded, the tradition indicates that it was established by the Spanish sailor Don Gil Jacinto de Barahona, at the end of the 17th century.
From times as far away as the Roman Empire, the Italians were known for preparing great feasts, with food as the main attraction. An example of this were the exquisite delicacies based on birds brought from France, the Spanish oysters and the succulent Arab desserts accompanied by the best European wines; all seasoned with spices and local seasoning.
Japanese gastronomy is millenary. For a long time the diet was vegetarian because the Buddhist principles prohibited the killing of living beings. But from the seventeenth century, with the ladada of missionaries and merchants, the cultural exchange derived in the gastronomic. Japanese cuisine has evolved in terms of preparation and presentation. In the West, when you think about your culinary arts, and many people are at the mouth of the water, while others are facing a specific tension; But most with raw fish.
The newly re-opened and relocated bar and restaurant The Fish Market, located a few steps from the Plaza Herrera of Casco Antiguo, is a ticket to an unknown destination. It's sitting in first class and expecting a surprise when landing.
Under rudimentary metal structures, open plan kitchen and industrial design, located in the middle of the sidewalks of Central Avenue and Calle 12, you can find the popular restaurant Lo Que Hay. This gastronomic solution serve food to thousands of Panamanians and tourists who visit the old town center Casco Antiguo of Panama.
Of majestic air and wearing a golden crown that indicates its supremacy, this is how Caliope appears on Olympus, as the muse of eloquence and poetry. But here in Panama its name is synonymous with creativity and experience that result in an unprecedented gastronomic proposal. Located on the third floor of the Teatro Amador, in the heart of the magical Old Town of Panama City, is Caliope, a restaurant that presents impeccably, and under the baton of Chef Martino Pace, the fusion of international cuisine with Patio ingredients, which makes each dish not only a unique experience but also evokes memories of flavours already forgotten in the palate.
For Steve Schneider and fellow bartenders at New York City’s Employees Only, what began as an emergency fund at the bar has birthed a forthcoming bar of its own: The Strangers Clubin Panama City. “We had the idea six or seven years ago to start putting $20 in an envelope at the end of every shift in case something happened to an employee or their family,” says Schneider. “Our dishwasher got sick, and we gave him money, and one of our servers got hit by a car, and we gave her a few bucks to cover expenses. We called it the Bar Boys Fund.”
AltaPlaza Mall, a new shopping proposal in Panama City, presents its Exclusive Shopping Passport for Tourists. All tourists who have less than three months of being in our country, can acquire their Purchase Passport free of charge, registering their data in the information center of the Mall, located at level 1. With this new service, tourists will be able to enjoy their stay in Panama, doing their shopping at AltaPlaza Mall, receiving discounts of up to 20% at the participating stores.
Did you know that the Pilgrim Pearl of Philip II and that it was also owned by the actress Elizabeth Taylor was found in the archipelago of Las Perlas? In fact, some of the most famous pearls in the world came from sea-floor oysters around the hundred islands that make up the archipelago. Many were the daring ones who swam among hundreds of sharks to get these precious pearls. Currently, the Las Perlas archipelago is one of the main tourist areas of Panama that attracts tourists from all over the world. The beautiful beaches of these islands are surrounded by calm and shallow waters that allow you to glimpse a fine white sand. Composed of ninety islands and countless number of islets, the Las Perlas archipelago is located far from the Pacific coast in the Bay of Panama.
A few minutes from the City of Pedasí, in the province of Los Santos, is the Playa Venao, the coolest destination in all of Panama. It is such a beautiful place, that everyone should visit at least once (but we bet that you will want to repeat the experience in all possible opportunities).
The natural heritage of Panama and its ecosystems and pristine spaces allow many tourists to enjoy the isthmus and make adventure tourism and different activities, which allow us to have fun with risky sports. Undoubtedly, rivers, beaches and mountains have given rise to skydiving, mountaineering, cayucos races or rappelling in the wooded areas of this country.
Some 112 delegations, 42 allegorical cars and more than 17 thousand women dressed in polleras de gala, montuna, embroidered, darned, coquito, talc in shade, talcum in the sun or shaded, polleras congo and others who opted for the stylized dress participated in the the eighth version of the Parade of the Thousand Polleras. This year the standard bearers were Samy and Sandra Sandoval accompanied the queen of the capital carnival 2018 Yanidia Maure and her princesses Natasha Vargas and Leydis González. "I feel proud to wear the pollera, to be the standard bearer and to share this moment with the small town. It's the third time I've seen it, and this parade does not lack anything, they have to do it four times a year, "said Sandra Sandoval. While the administrator of the Tourism Authority Gustavo Him, I point out that the parade, in addition to extolling our cultural and folkloric expressions exposing the beauty of the pollera, also seeks to promote tourism and family coexistence. The parade began in the Governorate of the city of Las Tablas, continuing along the street of Paseo Carlos López, down to Bolívar street and returning through the 8 de Noviembre street until finishing at the grounds of the Royal Gin Garden.
Traveling is one of the great pleasures of life, but many times we find that we do not know how to organize the travel suitcase. It is very common to carry unnecessary things causing us to have weight and little space to return home with new things from our destination. For this reason, we have given ourselves the task of finding useful tips that can help you make the way easily, organized and with enough space to add extra things.
For starters, Belgian beer is a drink full of history. Its preparation goes back to the 12th century where the abbeys dedicated themselves to brewing beer as an entrance of money and at that time, in which it was difficult to make water drinkable, it became the safest drink. Currently, its production is carried out throughout the country, it is estimated that there are around 700 national beers that make this drink an important part of the typical gastronomy. And above all, it's a beer with style. The Belgians do not use cans, only bottles, because in this way the liquid keeps much better. In addition, there is a habit of serving beer in glass glasses labeled with their brands, which can be seen the colors of each drink
A corridor of paradisiacal beaches of the Panamanian Pacific and the benefits of the hotel infrastructure are specified under a brand launched by the Tourism Authority of Panama, with the aim of attracting more tourists. This is the "Pacific Riviera", a beach area from the peninsula of Punta Chame, west of the city of Panama, to the coastal town of Farallon, in the central province of Cocle, authorities reported during a formal ceremony at a hotel of the sector in that area.
It is said that: "Flor del Aire was an Indian maiden, daughter of the chief of the town ..." If you have heard this introduction, you have been with the children "Cuenta-cuentos" of the Piedra Pintada in the Valle de Antón; otherwise, we invite you to visit El Valle, listen to the legend of "La India Dormida" and the explanation of Piedra Pintada. The painted stone is a large dacitic volcanic rock and an archaeological sample of Panama; Some hypotheses indicate that it is a map of El Valle and its surroundings.
Cerveceria Maestra has always been focused on regional and unique products, thanks to which they can offer a note of freshness to their customers. Brewery breweries, in comparison to the most popular breweries, offer precision, unusual taste and huge diversity among themselves. For this reason, their range is wide and they try to make everyone find something for themselves or their loved ones.
Ceviche is an appetizer that is consumed in various parts of the world, and Panama is no exception. Its flavor goes from the acidic to the refreshing, but always attractive to the palate.
The Republic of Panama was born to independent life on November 3, 1903 and a few days later, on December 18, Peru recognizes the new Latin American nation sister and establishes -from that same date- solid diplomatic relations sustained in the friendship, fraternity, cordiality, understanding and mutual cooperation.
Panama also dresses up to celebrate the holidays, but with an air very different from the image of "Blanca Navidad" present in Spain. The Central American country coincides in commemorating these dates with family gatherings, delicious traditional foods, decorations throughout the city, Christmas carols and shopping. The difference is that this small country celebrates Christmas surrounded by the warm temperatures of the Panamanian sun, which invites you to enjoy not only the great city, but also exotic destinations, paradisiacal beaches and natural environments of impressive beauty.
The first thing you notice when entering Nazca 21 is that they look at you, that someone is attentive to those who come in, looking not only to eat well, but to be well looked after. You still perceive it when you ask about the composition of the dishes and the suggestions.
A restaurant that is based on the concept of Spanish tapas, which fuses a variation between Panamanian, Peruvian, Spanish and Japanese food, offering the highest gastronomic quality in tapas-style portions, at a price accessible to all.
In addition to this we want to enhance the wines, the great beverage of all times. Its objective is to offer them in the European style, in which the price is not an impediment to take it for drinks with a good company.
It is a thick drink that is used to toast for good health. Some may consider it a dessert or a "night cup" before sleeping, but what is really true is that punch rum is part of the Christmas celebration. We have selected five recipes that must be tested on these dates.
The times change and, with them, the fashions, the customs, and the way of life.
The technological and digital revolution is booming and brings with it a new generation, the "millennials" who, like fish in the water in the ocean of the internet, have contributed to the creation of new types of employment.
The combination of a thousand-year-old brewing tradition and the passion shown by the current brewers masters in their search for the perfect beer has led Unesco to declare this precious liquid as Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Being considered the legacy of Belgium for the world, the evolution of beer tells a particular story where the church for many years played a key role in monasteries, the place where this precious drink was made and then sold to taverns to cover their operating costs.
Fernando Toledo arrived in Panama for the first time in 1986. The city of Panama was very different from what it looks like today. 'I remember you walked where the statue of Roosevelt was, (where the San Miguelito roundabout is currently located) and from there I looked at the Bay of Panama. In 1991, the artist settled in Panama and since then he has been observing how the city of Panama has evolved. 'I live in Chanis and whenever I passed by I saw the tower alone, then I began to see the buildings behind.
La Vespa is the restaurant with years of tradition and for many it is a place of worship on the culinary map of Panama City. Since years it has been delighting everyone with its true Italian dishes and has created a numerous group of regular customers.
Admirers of Italian cuisine will find here not only the best dishes prepared on the basis of genuine products but also quietness and a moment’s rest from the hubbub of the city.
Unique in its location La Vespa Ristorante Vista Mare with clear nautical inspiration in the colour theme, the restaurants offers comfort combined with impeccable style that makes this space a destination in itself. You get to enjoy cocktails in the bar, which serves up one of the best Aperol Spritz and traditional Italian Piadinas in Panama. Perfect spot to enjoy the sunset on the restaurant terrace, with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and the city.
AltaPlaza Mall revived the emblematic tradition that is maintained with the lighting of the Christmas tree, adorned with gingerbread cookies and peppermint, with 18 meters high and thousands of LED lights.
Between music, fun and excitement, the "Sweet Christmas" was inaugurated, with the presentation of the group Facetas, who with carols contagiaron to all those present, as well as La Tribu Performance, with its acrobatic show and staging of artists of international stature .
You can enjoy there thematic evening parties with live music rock bands or salsa dancing and during the afternoons it is difficult to find a free table. Unique atmosphere and amazing and friendly staff of La Fabrica makes you feel at home.
A similar event occurred with Peru, a country that bears his name most likely in honor of a cacique who lived in the Colombian Choco whose name was Biru.
Maito defines Panamanian history, living and stands out a variety of urban and creative dishes with a unique taste. He is one of the engines in the new Panamanian cuisine. His work with the native communities and local products, shows its results in the most committed Panamanian gastronomy.
The support to local chefs has influenced him in the enhancement of his restaurants and many other projects.
If you come to Panama or are here, this will be your guide to learn more about your best shopping option, AltaPlaza Mall. Every trip is synonymous with adventure and when we venture we take certain measures. This article will allow you to know everything you need to know beforehand
The Micro Brew Fest (MBF) returns to the Panamanian summer again in its seventh edition. Once again it will provide the opportunity to enjoy the largest congregation of craft beers, delicious food, good music and an excellent space in Where to enjoy the hot days with friends, family, and even pets. The festival will take place on February 15 and 16, 2019 at the City of Knowledge, and will once again bring together the best craft beer offers from producers and local and international importers. Year after year, the festival has stood out for its exponential growth, its excellent organization and innovative ideas that characterize each new edition of the event. At 2019 the festival maintains its location in the green areas of the City of Knowledge, for that attendees can enjoy a natural landscape, a quiet environment and enjoyable, in addition to sharing with other craft beer enthusiasts while They taste different styles of beer.
Diving in Panama Summer 2019 Diving in Panama Summer 2018, Panama tropical paradise, for diving sports there are interesting sites, coral reefs of great beauty. Located in the Pacific Ocean: Las Perlas Archipelago, Coiba Island, Taboga Island, Chiriqui Gulf. In the Caribbean: San Blas, Bocas del Toro, Isla Iguana, Portobelo, Isla Grande.
The announcement was made this Wednesday, November 7, and in addition to the opportunity to get to know Panama as a tourist destination, the participation of director Guna Duiren Wagua is a reality. He told the media "It's a good opportunity for my career, it's a big, international project that I hope to bring out the best in me, and enrich my knowledge."
Geisha coffee is not only enjoyed on the palate. Its virtues favor other economic activities, such as adventure tourism, gastronomy and agriculture. The rubiacea, cultivated at more than 1,500 meters above sea level, in Chiricans lands, has managed to position itself in the first place of the exclusive club of geishas in the world. The pound of this coffee, with multiple organoleptic characteristics (flavor, texture, smell, color or temperature), broke the world record when it was quoted at $ 803 in the last electronic auction The Best of Panama 2018.
Panama seeks to recover one of the most important ports of the eighteenth century with an investment of 46 million euros to rehabilitate the old fortresses
Panama is considered a paradise of sport fishing in its various forms inshore and offshore, in fact, one of the possible meanings of the word "Panama" is abundance of fish and butterflies. We have more than 250 fishing records worldwide, more than anywhere in the world, among the main saltwater species are sailfish, wahoo and marlin.
Its natural beauty, the diversity of its fauna, its culture and tradition and the friendliness of its people make Pedasí one of the perfect places to visit. This was allowed to meet a group of people, including villagers and local authorities, after a tour of the place as part of their campaign 'Come to Pedasí'. The main objective of the initiative is to show local and foreign visitors the different activities that can be enjoyed in this cozy place, the district of Pedasí, as well as the attractions offered by its beaches, including Venao, and its islands, Cañas and Iguana, highlighted the Pedasí Chamber of Tourism.
They call it the roof of Panama because, from its privileged 3,474 meters of height, the Caribbean Sea and the former South Sea can be seen without rest....
Spectacular beaches; deep forests where the lazy lives; coral reefs peppered with colorful fish and the open and warm culture of the Caribbean. This is the so-called Esmeralda of Panama.
The travel industry has announced new connections to Panama that will allow more tourists to be received and in this way the country's tourism opportunities continue to expand.
The tourism chambers of Los Santos, Chiriquí, Veraguas, Tierras Alta and Colón, as well as 15 coffee plantations, the Santa Fe Cooperative and hotels in the city of David that will be incorporated into the Coffee Circuit, learned about the new digital marketing strategies in the seminar workshop: "Central America Innovation and Tourism".
Steve Aoki performs live at the Sunrise Festival in Plaza Amador on Saturday November 17 at 9.00 at night...
Guillermo Andres Moron is a pioneer. He is the visionary and creator of CasaCasco experience. A massive accomplishment in a highly competitive industry and in a location, Casco Antiguo, which is home to some of the finest gastronomic restaurants in Panama City. My Guide Panama is proud to have the opportunity to talk to the owner and discover a little more about the concept idea and organization that makes this place stand out from all the others!
Guillermo Andres Moron is a pioneer. He is the visionary and creator of CasaCasco experience. A massive accomplishment in a highly competitive industry and in a location, Casco Antiguo, which is home to some of the finest gastronomic restaurants in Panama City. My Guide Panama is proud to have the opportunity to talk to the owner and discover a little more about th....
But Panama, in a way, is unique in the way they celebrate. Most of your national holidays are in the month of November. Along with December Christmas and the start of the dry summer season, November is truly the start of the holiday season and a fun time to mingle and socialize with the locals. There are five official national holidays in the month of November, but it feels like more, since many are close to the weekend, or give rise to people adding them to their vacation time per year. Here is more about what you are celebrating and how you celebrate.
Line 3 of the Panama Metro is one of the ambitious projects currently being developed in the country that will directly benefit thousands of residents of the province of Western Panama....
The archipelago of the pearls is a group of islands that were inhabited until the 16th century by local natives until the arrival of the conquerors and their thirst for wealth. Named due to the pearls that were obtained in their crystalline water. The archipelago of Las Perlas is composed of 90 islands and more than 100 islets with magazine beaches, white sand and turquoise waters. The most famous of its islands is Contadora where in 1979 the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi was established after his exile from Iran along with all his fortune and one of its uninhabited islets was the scene of the program Suvidor in 2003 and for three seasons.
The Panama Jazz Festival and International Film Festival in Panama (IFF Panama) create a new alliance to launch the first educational program of Film Scoring (Music for films) that will be taught by the acclaimed musician and film music expert Claudio Ragazzi, professor of the Film Scoring Department of Berklee College of Music, one of the most prestigious music schools in the world....
Refugio de Francisco Pizarro, Henry Morgan or Paul Gauguin, the tiny Panamanian island is today a beach paradise half an hour by ferry from the capital...
The International Day of the Lazy, was born as a result of the first international meeting on the welfare and conservation of the sloth, held in Medellin, Colombia in 2010, at the initiative of the AIUNAU Foundation. From that year on, the third Saturday of October is celebrated...
The island of Flores was the residence of Van Gogh, and of Francisco Pizarro for some time. I can not imagine what life on the island would be like at that time. What is left of that island? How much Taboga influenced the artist...
This 2018, the great cleaning is part of the global initiative "Costal Clean Up of Ocean Conservancy", according to spokesmen of the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (Ancon)...
El Circuito del Café ", a project promoted by the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment (MiAmbiente), the Chamber of Tourism of Chiriquí and the Center for Competitiveness of the Western Region - CeComRo, representing of the business sector, will be officially launched in January 2019 with promotional packages....
Panama managed to get on the podium of the Youth Olympic Games, which take place in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires, and does so with a gold medal won by Marissa Thompson. The athlete, 16 years old, got...
Panamanians are characterized by the love of our culture, we breathe diversity and strength, which is why folklore is filled with various festivities as varied and colorful. In Panama there is a holiday almost for everything, which is why there are many tourists all year round, in addition to natural diversity. You can find activities, both in the capital city, as in the other provinces that make up the country. This is where culture and tradition come together. Parade of the thous..
Likes, favorites, comments, retweets ... Nobody escapes the hook of social networks. According to statistics portal Statista, this year 2018 began with more than 2 billion users on Facebook, 800 million on Instagram and 330 million on Twitter.
What to eat in Panama? Here you have some of the typical dishes, recipes and food that you have to try in Panama..
So you moved to Panama City, and specifically to the beautiful and central district of El Cangrejo. The next step: find out how to move around the city. Although it seems that every Panamania...
The Norwegian Bliss, a cruise with a capacity for 5,000 passengers, in May 2018 crossed the expansion of the Panama Canal and marked a new milestone for the interoceanic route, since it is the largest ship of this type that has traveled through its waters in its history ...
Created in one of the most biodiverse places in the world, and with the content developed by scientists from the University of Panama and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Biomuseo opened completely to the public on October 2, 2014, in a new and an important building designed by Frank Gehry. The building 13,411 square meters, is the only project built so far in Latin America by the world famous architect.
The drive was relatively fast as we zipped along the highway chasing the sunrise. When we arrived in Las Tablas you could already feel the atmosphere, not quite a party atmosphere yet, but definitely the morning after a great party.
Panama was a Spanish colony for over 300 years, so it is not surprising that the mother tongue is Spanish. Here in Panama, you can find a vast variety of ethnicities. People here are friendly, welcoming, and happy.
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