Considered by many the cultural heart of Panama, the Azuero Peninsula is home to traditions and folklore celebrated proudly and often in the many festivities throughout the year. Visit local artisans as you learn about local culture and festivals.
What to Expect
Experience the artisan crafts and folklore of the Azuero Peninsula. Learn about the festivals and traditions of this area at the core of Panamanian national culture on a 4-hour guided tour.
One of the most eye-catching items you’ll encounter is the colorful devil mask. A variety of different devils are represented at festivals, with the most popular in Azuero being the diablico sucio, or the dirty devil. He’s dressed in red and black stripes and always wears a fearsome mask.
Devil masks are handcrafted from papier-maché and shaped on a mold of clay. It is painted with different colors and decorated with several accessories in order to obtain the final frightening result!
Drums, or tambores, are one of Panama’s national symbols and an instrument used in traditional music performances. Drums are handcrafted and lots of experience is required to choose the ideal type of wood and leather to produce the tambor’s unique sound.
Panama’s stunning national dress is called a pollera. There are many different types, from a simple colorful skirt to the handcrafted and beautifully embroidered pollera de gala, which is considered one of the world’s most beautiful national costumes.
Panamanian women typically wear the pollera at festive events and celebrations and combine the stunning dress with gold jewelry and a hair accessory known as a tembleque, worn singly or in a set.
The tembleque is made from flexible materials that move when the wearer walks or dances. Today, the tembleque is made from fish scales, wires, pearls, and crystals, in the shapes of roses, orchids, butterflies, hummingbirds, peacocks, and other animals and flowers.
- Bilingual tour guide
- Entrance fees
- Snacks and water
Know Before You Go
Be sure to weak sneakers and comfortable clothes and bring your camera.