Carnivals in Panama

By Juliette Darmon

Experience a Latin America Carnival in Panama! That’s the most awaited date of the Panamanian calendar, and this, since the 1900’s!

Real National Day for four days (before the Ash Wednesday), the whole country is part of the Carnival, and even the littler locality has its own animations! Dances, costumes, music, salsa, merengue and tipico, folkloric popular music are fully part of the carnival. Let’s also enjoy some colorful float, masks and confetti!

Four days of non-stop partying, dancing, singing, drinking and eating, and getting lost in the middle of the crazy crowd!  Check our Glimpse of Panama

Panama Carnivals
Carinval in Panama

The Carnival of Panama is famous for its legendary shows and fanfare, and its impressive costumes. This joyous event is also known for the “culecos” or “mojaderas” tradition: the public is sprayed with fire hose getting out of tankers, on Reggaeton and Latin music.

Tips: Take your precautions with your phone, watch and any other electronic stuff you could have with you.

You will also enjoy the polleras parade (Panamanian traditional dresses).

Of course, no Carnival without the Carnival Queen’s election! But do not be surprised if you run into two queens: it’s a Panamanian tradition named the feud. It comes from colonial days that has been converted into a battle of excess and extravagance for the fanciest costumes and most creative floats between two historically rival neighborhoods: Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo, for which each one has its queen.

The schedule is always the same: opening the Friday, international day on Saturday, the Pollera day on Sunday, costume day on Monday, Queen day and big parade on the Shrove Tuesday and burial sardine ceremony to end the carnival and the entrance in the Lent. This day is the biggest Carnival Celebration day. The party ends in the early hours of the morning for the sunrise.

Naturally, the famous Panamanian fireworks will close the Carnival!

And of course, you will find many places and trucks by street to eat and drink during the whole celebration!

In Panama City, near 25000 of visitors are expected to come, and the largest celebrations take place on the Cinta Costera.

But Las Tablas, in Los Santos province is certainly one of the best places in Panama to celebrate the Carnival!

As it’s high season, we advise you to book your trip and hotels in advance, to have enough possibilities.

Furthermore, in order to fully enjoy the Carnival in Panama, try to stay with Panamanian people, they will bring you to the best places!



Escape to the Carnivals in Panama City Feb 24 – 28, 2017 -Last minute $388.00 per person

The Carnival of Panama, also known as King Momo’s party, is celebrated for the four consecutive days leading up to Ash Wednesday (March 1th).  The Panamanian Carnival festivities begin in the morning with mojaderas or culecos and music. At the night parades, the queens ride on floats dressed in Carnival costumes and accompanied by dancing musical groups. Dance festivals are also held parallel to these activities in city squares or along avenues.  This is a cultural festivity and a great time to discover a bit of Panama.
Itinerary for Carnivals for a minimum of 2 people in double room

Day 1 – Welcome to Panama- Today at the appropriate time an EcoCircuitos representative will be meet you at the Tocumen International Airport to assist and transfer you to your hotel in Panama City. You will also receive an EcoCircuitos information kit. Check in and overnight at Hotel in the city, Marriott Executive or similar.

Day 2 – Half Day City Tour – Depart from your hotel to visit the City Carnival celebrations, we will walk in the morning part of the festivities and will learn about the history of Panama and the culture.  .  Our guide will accompany you to show you the areas and also we will visit the Old Quarters; the second colonial city of Panama, which was built in 1673. Here we will walk the French Plaza and surrounding area. The architecture here includes colonial styles of the French, Italian, American and Spanish. Finally, you will have time to shop for handcrafts. After the visit to Old Quarters and an overview of the Modern City and Carnivals, transfer to the hotel.  Overnight hotel in the City. (B)

Day 3-4 –Free day for optional tours (not included) or relaxation in Panama City hotel:

Choose from different options as:

  • Hiking adventure tours to National guides with interpretative guide
  • Jungle boat tour the Gatun Lake and wildlife observation or Kayaking tour in the Panama Canal
  • Biking tour El Valle, Casco Viejo or the Rainforest
  • Cultural encounter with the Embera people of the Chagres National Park
  • Canopy Adventure – Zip Line, biking tours, surfing and beach combing and more.

Day 5 – Departure Panama

At the appropriate time, transfer to international airport for departure.

End of Services.- (B)

Last minute program from $388.00 including transfers in private, 3 nights lodging in Hilton Double Tree or similar, 1 day tour, 1 eco-bottle gift souvenir, assistance 24 hours and 1 day tour.  For more details contact us.