Many Panamanians consider the Azuero Peninsula as the ‘seat’ of the country’s culture. Panama’s national dress is the pollera, which is traditionally hand-made in this area. The national dance and most popular music típico is also from the Azuero region.
The festivals that are held in the various towns and villages of Azuero are a wonderful opportunity to taste the traditional food, see the traditional dress and dances, and mostly to experience local pride and fun-loving culture. The most important festival is carnival, which takes place during the 4 days before Ash Wednesday. Unofficially the “best” carnival in the country is in Las Tablas, however, for a tamer but equally colorful experience you may prefer trying out nearby Pedasí.