bocas del toro, panama
Bocas del Toro was one of Panama’s most critical provinces during the turn of the 20th century in the banana boom. During this time, Europeans, Afro-Antillean workers from the Panama Canal, and Americans around the continent came to Bocas del Toro to work for the banana plantations and help build a pretty, bustling Bocas Town. Fast forward a little over 100 years, and Bocas del Toro is a mix of Afro-Antillean and indigenous locals as well as other European, Asian, and American ex-pats that have moved in and call Bocas del Toro home.
Events promoting local cultures are held throughout the year. In May, you can enjoy Afro-Antillean activities promoting local Afro-Caribbean cuisine and dances. Local municipalities also hold events for indigenous groups showcasing their dress, dances, and artisan work.
Bocas del Toro also has many different indigenous villages worth checking out both in the islands and the mainland. Some communities worth mentioning are Ngäbe village of Salt Creek, the Meri Ngobe village of Popa Dos, the towns on the mainland at Bonyic y Sieyic, and villages around Cristobal Island. There are more and if you are looking for more options check out: http://www.redtucombo.bocasdeltoro.org/