The Azuero Peninsula is where you will find Panama’s folkloric culture – a combination of Spanish origins with native Panamanian influences. This is a particularly artistic part of the country where you will find beautiful typical Panamanian skirts called ‘polleras’ and many handicrafts based on pre-Columbian designs. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Panama during Carnival, the town of Las Tablas will be full of life and colour with parades, music, fireworks, street food and decorations. Pedasí is a more traditional town in the area, which is renowned for its world-famous waves, often used for surfing championships. The Pacific coastline of the Azuero Peninsula is noticeably different from the Caribbean, with long stretches of darker sand beaches, and inland you’ll get a glimpse of rural Panamanian way of life.