Carnivals and Festivals in Pedasi, Panama
The Azuero Peninsula is the center of Panamanian folklore, including the national dress, the pollera, the national music, the cumbia, and many other traditions inherited from Spain.
During summer, visitors can enjoy the world famous carnivals in Pedasí and Las Tablas, where beauty queens battle for people’s support, as hundreds of thousands watch and enjoy week-long festivities dancing on the streets.
On any night, tours can be arranged to the town of San Jose to watch women stitch the delicate fabric used for making the pollera, the colorful national dress.On weekends, visitors can visit villages to watch a rodeo or a horse race in this highly agrarian society that prides itself on its dominance over nature.
The Town of Pedasi, Panama
Arguably, Pedasi is the region's prettiest town. Pedasí is the kind of small town where no passing visitor goes ungreeted -- usually locals camped out on their front porch give a pleasant wave to any stranger passing by. The architecture is well-preserved, and residents have recently painted and spiffed up most of the facades of residential buildings. The town is one long main street called Avenida Central, with a tidy plaza. For a small town, it has a surprising number of places to eat ranging from very “local” to very nice and boasts one of the best “Dulcerias” (Sweet Shop/Bakery) called La Dulceria Yely specializing in cakes and juices of many varieties.