Panama Snake Bite

anti-venom serpent

It was bound to happen eventually. After nearly a decade living here in the tropics, spending time hiking through remote jungles, swimming across murky sometimes muddy rivers, machete-ing through head high weeds as thick as over grown invasive pampas grass, camping for weeks on end in secluded nearly untouched mountains, a days hike … [Read more...]

Feria Internacional de Azuero

panama fair

La Feria Internacional de Azuero is the peninsulas version of a country fair. Held each year in the town of Los Santos (near Chitre), the Azuero fair attracts people from all over the country. Just like the Feria Internacional de David, Azuero's International Fair is made up of nearly every type of business vendor. Local craftsmen … [Read more...]

Sugar Cane Juice Guarapo de Caña

sugar cane juice panama

Sugar cane is one of Panama's must productive crops. Here on the Azuero peninsula, around the Divisa turn off to Chitre, sugar cane fields go on for  as far as the eye can see. Around David in Chiriqui, near Playa Barqueta, sugar cane is everywhere. Large tracts dominate the low lying flat areas. During harvest time it's common to see … [Read more...]

Azuero Peninsula Los Santos Dry Season

azuero dry season

It is that time of year again. Peak of the dry season on the Azuero Peninsula. Like many central american nations, all of the Pacific coast of Panama goes through a dry period between the months of January to April. The degree of dryness in different parts of the country depends on various factors, but one thing for certain - no … [Read more...]

Rufina Alfaro, Hero of Los Santos, Panama

Rufina Alfaro, Hero of Los Santos

A very modernist (and very naked) representation of Rufina Alfaro stands in the town square of Los Santos, Panama.  The story behind her nakedness is as follows. Panama was under Spanish rule and itching for its freedom, especially in the interior town of Los Santos. Rufina Alfaro came to the rescue with her ginormous breasts. Rumor … [Read more...]

Carnival at night, Los Santos, Panama

Carnivale at night

Carnival at night is a sight to see. Carnaval is always a sight to see but at night everything is shinier, glitzier and more glamorous.  This year I celebrated in Los Santos on the Azuero Peninsula.  The day time festivities are crazy, complete with water-soaked street parties. But when the sun goes down...that's when the real party … [Read more...]

Carnival in Los Santos, Panama…in the thick of the action

Ever go to a parade and think, "DANG!  These barricades that are here for my safety are really getting in the way of me being a part of the action." Well in Panama, that doesn't happen.  You want to be a part of the action, you just jump right in!  Dance, march, sing or shout!  You can be as involved and as close as you want to be! I … [Read more...]

Carnival in Los Santos, Panama, Culecos

Carnival in Panama only comes once a year. Thank goodness.  I was fortunate to spend a few days with friends in the neighboring town of Los Santos. It was an absolute blast. One of the highlights of the event for me was crossing off a couple of things on my bucket list.  One of those things was to have a crowd of people chant my name. … [Read more...]

Pedasi Carnaval

panama carnaval

It’s that time of year again! Panama Carnaval craziness is in full swing. The entire country is on vacation and many amongst the population are getting their drink on. The Azuero Peninsula is the heart of festivities during Carnaval. Las Tablas, Chitre, Los Santos and Pedasi are swollen with partying Panamanians. Yes at this very … [Read more...]

Pocri Cemetery, Los Santos, Panama

Pocri Cemetery, Los Santos, Panama

Pocri is a small town in the Los Santos province of Panama on the Azuero Peninsula.  I've driven past Pocri dozens of times and never stopped but the town cemetery ALWAYS catches my eye.  Each time I pass by I'm reminded of Key West, Florida.  The graves and mausoleums are all painted in different shades of pastel and the silk and plastic … [Read more...]