Folk Dancing - Bailenario Folclorico
Panamanians love to dance and not just Rumba or Salsa. They have several dance troupes throughout the country that dance traditional, folclorico style dances, where the girls wear polleras and the boys wear montunos and guayaberra camisas. The dancing is a combination of ballet, flamenco and a little salsa. It is a courtship dance, the boys imitate swimming after the girls to catch them. The girls act coquetish and swing their hips and polleras to tease and excite the boys.
Transportation Around Panama from PC
Grand Terminal de Buses en Albrook
At Albrook Mall is the huge National Transport Center, which is the main bus terminal for travel to all points in Panama and to Central America and Mexico.
The buses leave to virtually any point in Panama. You can get on a bus whose final destination is beyond where you want to get off and just get off there. The fare is prorated, it is strictly regulated by the government, so you can’t be cheated and at the ticket booths on the concourse, they are supposed to show the published fares to all the points the bus will stop at that you want to take.
Take care to have a nickel ready because you need to pay that at a turnstile to get to the bus you want to take! If you have a porter carry your bags to the bus you wish to take, please tip him 50 cents a bag. They don’t usually have overhead bins on the buses, so you will have to check any bags that won’t fit under your seat. They will give you a claim check, be sure they give you one because they DO ask for it when you get off and want your bags retrieved! I don’t know what happens if you lose it, but seeing how Panama works, it could be a big hassle.
Please note that buses to larger cities are bigger and more comfy than ones going to smaller towns. They are not all Greyhound-sized tour buses. For instance, when we travel to Panama City, we generally take the local bus to Chitre from Las Tablas and take the Chitre bus to Panama City and vice versa. Why? Because the bus to and from Chitre is roomier and has better air conditioning than the bus to Panama City from Las Tablas, which is about a 3 ½ hour bus ride. You don’t want to be jammed into a smaller bus for that length of time if you can avoid it, believe me! The buses to David are large and comfy tour buses, but going up to Boquete, they are smaller If you go to Pedasi or Tonosi, you will probably have to get off at Chitre or Las Tablas and take a local bus from there, so if you have surf boards or boogie boards, you may have a time juggling them.
an excellent churrasco lenos y carbon
This restaurant, with a large indoor and a small outdoor eating area is located on the causeway on the farthest island next to the shopping center, there's great views of the city and of the boats queuing up, waiting to enter the Panama Canal. Good service, too. I had a most delicious churrasco, grilled to perfection, while my partner had smoked ribs... a bad choice, but totally his fault. We dined the night away sipping some pretty good mohitos, too. Definitely a good and popular restaurant with upscale residents. Come early-ish if you want to eat outside.
If one visits Panama City one has to go on the Amador Causeway. It stretches from the mainland to a promintory that is the gateway to the Panama Canal. The causeway starts where there is a statue of workers and continues about three miles and ends at a shopping mall at the distal end. Between are walkways one can hike or bike on, there is a bike rental concession nearby Pencas Restraunt at the mainland end of the Causeway. The Smithsonian Institute Labs are on the Causeway and a couple of malls with many shops and restaurants, including a Bennigan´s and a branch of the locally popular Leños y Carbon restaurant.
It´s a great place to stroll, bike, people watch and check out a spectacular view of the Panama City skyline, the Bridge of the Americas, and ships waiting their turns to go through the canal.
The Canal has three sets of locks on the Atlantic side - all at Gatun near Colon - and three on the Pacific side, split between one set at Pedro Miguel and two sets here at Miraflores. For those tourists not transiting the Canal or visiting the viewing center at Gatun, the new visitors center here -$10 - offers the best chance at watching the locks raise and lower the commerce of the World. The center is very informative and there is also a nice open-air restaurant here from which to watch the show. Miraflores is a ways from the center of the city at about 8-10 kilometers.