Yesterday, Sunday, December 22, 2013, my wife and I decided to hire a taxi to drive out to the countryside and take some pictures of traditional New Year’s stuffed figures. Every year you can find these interesting figures along the Pan-American Highway in the small towns of Capira, Coronado, Chame and Bejuco. Their notoriety has risen to such a level of popularity, that television stations send their reporters to capture their charm every year.
Exactly at midnight on December 31st. they are burned down together with the loud bang of firecrackers. They represent the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. In Panama these traditional figures are known as “Los Muñecos de Año Nuevo”.
The other subject that I wanted to photograph, was the Centennial Bridge which crosses the Panama Canal on the Pacific Side. It’s a gorgeous white self-anchored suspension (SAS) bridge. Together with the Bridge of the Americas, the Centennial Bridge is the largest and most aesthetic bridge in the country. A new bridge is under construction on the Atlantic Side to alleviate the heavy traffic across the Panama Canal.
The planned trip was from Panama City to Coronado, which normally takes about one hour and sixteen minutes covering 89.1 kilometers. Many large beach hotels are inside this area. During the Dry Season (January-April) they are flooded with tourists fleeing from the cold weather of the North. Even Santa Claus comes down to take a break from the freezing temperatures of the North Pole.
We started off at five-thirty in the morning and returned home safely at ten o’clock. Mission accomplished. Seventy pictures were taken and will be posted here during the upcoming days. Today I will post pictures of a metallic Don Quixote de la Mancha protecting the Pan-American highway with an intimidating long spear. Here we go.
If you enjoyed these pictures, you are warmly invited to return tomorrow for more colorful pictures of Panama´s countryside. Good Day.