"CARNEVAL" Las Tablas Local Custom Tip by bilgeez

Las Tablas Local Customs: 8 reviews and 21 photos

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Panamainians love Carneval and Las Tablas is no exception! Actually, it has probably one of the most elaborate Carneval fiestas anywhere in Panama, Las Tablas has TWO Carneval queens, not one! Two rival groups have had their own queen since the 1950's. The parades are nightly the four days leading up to Ash Wednesday, and each night tries to be more elaborate than the rest. There are fireworks and bands and dances and plenty of cerveza drunk. If you come at this time, book well in advance as there are few hotels in Las Tablas. (See my hotel tips for LT). Some people will take boarders or rent their homes for Carneval, but be prepared to pay handsomely for it. Rents are usually quadruple or more than what they normally are for this time. You may want to stay in Chitre, where there are more accomodations and drive or take the bus or a taxi to Las Tablas for the Carneval celebrations.

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  • Written May 7, 2007
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