The Peninsula of Azuero: Is located in the central region of the country, between the Gulf of Montijo and Parita, being part of the Pacific littoral. The Peninsula is formed by the Provinces of Los Santos, Herrera and part of Veraguas. Its coasts are composed of mangle, islands and beaches. The Peninsula main attraction is their traditions, festivities and folklore, as well as its national parks, wild and marine life, offering the tourist a unique entertaining adventure. See video. Isla Iguana (located 7 kilometers from Pedasí) a tropical beauty island, see video-1; Fishing see video-2; Humpback Whale watching see video-3
La Provincia de Los Santos (capital Las Tablas): Considered one of the most important agricultural and cattle regions of the Republic of Panama together with the Province of Veraguas. It is a very picturesque province where you can appreciate the traditions and customs of our country, also different festival activities such as: National Festival of La Mejorana, Festival of La Pollera, Festival of Corpus Christi and the National Fair of Azuero.
Every year during the month of February, its capital, Las Tablas celebrates the famous carnivals considered the most luxurious and colorful of the country. This region has important historic museums such as: Manuel F. Zarate or Museum of Nationality and the Government Palace, to mention some.
For nature lovers, in Los Santos you can enjoy an ecological tourism by visiting very interesting areas such as the important Massif (Mountain) of Canajagua, with an altitude of 985 meters, the Occidental Chain of the Peninsula of Azuero and Isla Iguana (located 7 kilometers from Pedasí). This island is very importance for the region and the country, due to its ecosystem, being declared in 1980 a “Wildlife Refuge”. Its crystalline waters are inhabited by more than 347 species of fish and is visited by the humpback whale that emigrates from the cold waters (between the months of June and October) to mate and give birth. This island covered by dry tropical forests, is surrounded by some 40 hectares of coral reef, together with the mangles of the continental coast and the coastal rock exposure. It supports craft fishing of which more than 200 families of the area depend on. Also, it is an important site for marine bird nesting (more than 62 species).
La Provincia de Herrera, capital Chitre: Is the smallest province of the Isthmus and forms part of the Peninsula of Azuero. Among its economical activities we can observe agriculture, as well as the liqueur and pottery industry. The Province of Herrera has a desert, “Parque Nacional de Sarigua” created in 1985 and occupying a littoral stripe on the Pacific between the outlets of the rivers Santa María and Parita, in the Bay of Parita. You can also visit certain interesting places such as museums exhibiting archeological objects and pottery pieces of the pre-colonial period until the period of independence. In the town of La Arena, in the entrance of Chitré, you can visit different pottery shops for all tastes and designs. The styles range from imitation of pre-Columbian ornaments to folkloric images and the uses include crockery and pots for plants, to mention some. Early 2007, the district of Pesé (Province of Herrera) will have a new tourist attraction, “La Hacienda San Isidro” where the company Varela Hermanos, S.A. is producing at the present time 12 million liters of alcohols and rums per year for its liqueur brands. During the visit to the Ranch, you can observe step by step how the famous Seco Herrerano and Ron Abuelo are produced, as well as visit the distillery plant and aging cellars.
La Provincia de Veraguas, capital Santiago: Is the only province in the Republic of Panama that has coasts on both oceans (Pacific and Atlantic). Its population is mainly engaged in agriculture and cattle raising (the best of the country). Also it has coffee and sugar zones of great importance for the economy of the country. In the District of San Francisco de la Montaña, you find the Church San Francisco de la Montaña considered the only Colonial Baroquel art of the 17th century in all Central America and the Caribbean, and named Historic Monument.
In the Province of Veraguas you can visit Coiba Island (the biggest island in Panama), considered one of the most important natural jewels of our country.
¿How to get there?
From the City of Panama, you can travel via Inter-american Highway uo to Santiago (apporx. 4 hours), using private trasnportation (private or rented car) or public trasnportation from the Terminal of albrook. also, you can travel by airplane with a local airline departing from Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (albrook).
For more information:
Azuero Panama Tours (970-0239/0059) firstname.lastname@example.org