Caribbean culture at Portobelo Panama
Guided Historical Walk
The word Portobelo conveys memories of the colonial time, preserved in the beautiful dock which was protected by the fortresses at the far end of the sea bay and from which galleons loaded with gold and silver sailed of to Spain. A guide from El Otro Lado can show you the town, the forts, the Aduana, the Churcvh of the Black Christ and other historical enclaves declared World Heritage.
El Otro Lado can, whenever you wish, provide you with the experience of a typical Portobelo activity; the Congo dance with its rhythmic drums accompanied by voices and handclaps. The Congo “game”, a performance of great historical importance in the Afro-Panamanian culture, is interpreted by the group Realce Histórico and accompanied by the percussion of the local Rhythm School.
Workshops in Portobelo art. With a variety of options, a young artist from Portobelo will help you in your creation of handicraft in our carpentry workshop. You get the chance to develop your skills in painting, carving or cabinet making. When finished, you get to bring home your own creation.
El Otro Lado offers cultural, literary and cinematographic experiences, together with a variety of entertainment games for your disposition.
About our activities: Since the major part of our activities are outside and take place in the tropics, we recommend light clothing, hat and comfortable shoes. In your room, you will find sun protection and insect repellent which can be useful for your activities. Many of our collaborators are born and raised in Portobelo and are perfectly familiar with every corner of the estate and its surroundings; take advantage of their knowledge. Do not forget your camera and…observe and enjoy. Every place is unique.
About our boats: They are equipped with life jackets, GPS and medicine cabinet, as well as dry towels and, depending on the activity you have chosen, picnic service or refrigerator. We also provide snorkeling equipment; choose your size in the “Range of Activities” to have it brought on board.