Las Tablas

Travel Guide Central America Panama Las Tablas



Las Tablas is the capital of the Panamanian province of Los Santos. It is located a few kilometres inland from the Gulf of Panama on the Azuero Peninsula. Las Tablas is a recognised national centre of Panamanian folk: art, music, gastronomy, architecture, culture and literature. One of the two Panamanian presidents to serve three terms, Belisario Porras, was from Las Tablas.



Events and Festivals

  • Las Tablas has a famous carnival where two queens race in four days and five nights for the happiness of Panamanians and foreign visitors.
  • The Parade of One Thousand Pollera's (female Panamanian costume ), each year in January.



Getting There

By Plane

The nearest airports are located in Chitre (Herrera) or the small beach town of Pedasí (south of the province of Los Santos).

By Car

You drive along the Panamerican Highway until Divisa and take the National Road passing Chitré and La Villa de los Santos. The trip can take 4 to 4.5 hours.

By Bus

From Panama City you can take the buses on the route Las Tablas-Panamá.



Keep Connected


Internet cafes can be found in cities and most major towns. Wifi is on the rise though with many hotels, restaurants and bars offering this services, especially in the major tourist areas like Panama City, Bocas del Toro and Boquete. Some mountainous or off the beaten track areas might not have any internet services at all.


See also International Telephone Calls

Panama's country code is 507. All cellular numbers start with the number 6 and have 8 digits. Land line phone numbers have 7 digits. 911 is the general emergency phone number.

Calls to the USA and Europe are between 4 and 10 cents a minute. The best way to make international calls from Panama is to buy prepaid telephone cards that are sold at every corner. The most popular is the TeleChip card. If you bring your cellphone, you can choose to buy a local simcard, instead of paying high charges for internet use through your home provider.


Correos y Telegrafos is the national postal company of Panama. It provides a wide range of services though you usually have to use the post offices for both sending and receiving mail and packages, including buying stamps. Post offices can be found in many cities and towns and are open from 6:30am to 5:45pm Monday to Friday and 7:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. Domestic mail takes several days but to the USA and Europe for example it can take anywhere from 5 to over 10 days depending on the country. For sending larger packages, you might also consider using companies like FedEx, TNT, UPS or DHL, as they offer fast, reliable and competitively priced services as well.



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