In Panamá: Panamá City
Panamá City has many attractions. Of course, you know about the Panamá Canal. But there is more:
Although you will see many modern business people in suits and high heels, you will also see indigenous peoples in Panamá City.
When the Spanish arrived in 1501, several dozen native tribes inhabited Panamá. Now only seven groups remain. But the indigenous culture is much more vibrant and present in Panamá than in neighboring countries such as Costa Rica although an inordinately high percentage of that population lives in poverty. According to Lonely Planet Panama, “In the comarcas (autonomous regions), illiteracy runs between 10 and 30 percent. Access to health care and education are serious issues” (p. 260-261).
However, the Guna (until 2011 spelled “Kuna”) have probably the most sovereignty of any indigenous group in Latin America. The Guna woman above has a mola blouse, which is made of brightly colored squares of cotton fabric laid atop one another; cuts made through the layers form basic designs that are held together with tiny, evenly spaced stitches (LP 269). Her colorful fabric skirt, legs wrapped from ankle to knee in long strands of tiny beads – forming colorful geometric patterns – a printed headscarf, and many bracelets too all note that she is a Guna.
You’ll also see many beautiful churches in Panamá City. The Iglesia de San José holds the famous Altar de Oro, the sole relic salvaged after the pirate Captain Henry Morgan sacked Panamá City in 1671.
The Iglesia de la Merced – a small Casco Viejo church has a circa 1680 baroque facade – one of the oldest Panamá City structures:
For better photos, see: http://havecamerawilltravel.com/iglesia-merced-panama-city/
You’ll see that Panamá City streets are great to walk.
You’ll find happening places in Panamá City. Here at the Veneto Hotel – a pool and nightlife.
Meeting people is always interesting wherever you are.
Nightlife at Casco Viejo:
Visit Panamá City for the people, the museums, the history, the beautiful walking streets, and the nightlife.
Amor y Luz, Renée