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Thursday, September 19 2019 @ 09:10 am EDT

Don't Forget The Rodeo This Sunday in Chame

Corruption By Jerin Tate for Panama-Guide.com - I have been receiving a ton of e-mails and phone calls about the rodeo this Sunday in Chame. Last year, in addition to all the Panamanians, at least 2 or 3 hundred expats showed up to the point where the announcers started giving information in English as well as Spanish. For this year the two most common questions are "what time does it start?" and "Where is it exactly?". Here are the answers for everyone: The rodeo is actually an all day event that consists of the competition during the afternoon and live music in the evening until the wee hours of the morning. The competition is scheduled to start at 1, but this is Panama and the opening ceremony usually happens around 2ish. The music is scheduled to start at 6 and they are usually on time. It really depends on how long you plan to stay. If you really want to make a full day of it you should probably show up around 1:30 and leave around 11. If you want to stay just a few hours and get the most of everything, show up around 4 and leave an hour or so after the music starts. Last year we had a bunch of expats show up but I told everyone that everything started at 1 and everyone was just waiting around for an hour and a half. That tired a lot of people out and not many expats made it to the music which is one of the best parts. The actual competition itself is only a Hierra (or coleo) contest, which is where they chase the bulls down on their horse and take them down by the tail. Music will be by Panamanian tipico star Ulpiano Vergara. Since there is no direct address, I have to give directions based on landmarks. I am not sure how familiar you are with Panama or that area so I will be as descriptive as possible. Heading from Panama City, take the Pan American highway and after you pass the towns of Chorrera and Capira the highway comes down off the mountain into the beach areas. It is where the highway goes downhill with a steep grade and many curves. As soon as you find yourself on this steep grade, start looking for pedestrian overpasses crossing the highway, the first of which will be immediately after you are done with the downhill drive. You need to count the pedestrian passes and look for the third one. Right now that bridge has a Mcdonald´s advertisement. Right at the base of that bridge is a small road and you will see a Chivas sign (not too big) advertising the rodeo. Turn right on that road and as soon as you turn you will see the big yellow gate with Pista de los Campeones on it. You are there. Coming from Coronado it is very simple, just go exactly 8.0 km past the Altos del Maria entrance and look on the left hand side of the highway. You will need to go about 100 meters past the entrance to the rodeo to use the U-turn and get in. You will pay for entrance and parking ($3 per person and $1 per car) and then you have two options. You can either park your car in the parking area and go sit in the pavilion or if you get there early enough and have a truck you can park on the far side of the track and park your car right up against the track and watch everything from your truck. If these directions are not good then please give me a call at 6733-0657 and I will direct you in. We will try to have as much stuff as possible out on the highway to signal where the rodeo is so look out for that too. From the many calls and e-mails I have received it looks like we are going to have another huge expat showing again this year. Look forward to seeing you there!

Copyright 2009 by Jerin Tate for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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