It is at the 16th century that the large
explorers of the new world discover Panama. Rodrigo Galvan de Bastidas (fellow
traveller of Christophe Colomb) discovers it towards the end of the year 1500,
while going along Comarca de San Blas and while arriving at the place which
will name thereafter Nombre of dios. Two years later in 1502, Christophe Colomb
will discover Portobelo. Two strategic points in the history of Panama and
all America. Indeed, way, Camino Real celebrates it, connecting the town of
Panama on the Pacifique coast, in Nombre of Dios and Portoblo on the Cara´be
coast, was going to become of great importance for the trade and the carriage
of goods and the treasures coming from the colonial conquests in South America
At the entry of the village of Portobelo, you can see the ruins, preserved relatively well of a fort dating from 16th century. These strengthened ramparts all have guards their charms and their guns align opposite the sea.
The province of Colon, populated primarily by Blacks, former brought slaves of Africa or workers come from the Caribbean, is rich in folklore. Congo, dances comprising a strong African influence, is very practised on the coast. In Portobelo, in Isla Large, Nombre of Dios… benefit from your passage in the area to admire the dancers of Congo (more particularly during the carnival and in October at the time of the festivals with Portobelo). The province also populated by people of the "interior" (Los Santos, Herrera..) of Hispanic influence, will offer to you to take part in rodeos, sets of bulls, contests of lassos and festivals typical to the sound of the panamean traditional music .