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The Catholic Church of Panama and the Panamanian Tourism Authority (ATP), signed an “Agreement of Cooperation and Technical Assistance for the Promotion of Religious Tourism.” Envisioned as the “Ruta del Alma” (Path of the Soul), the new tourism package is expected to boost the amount of international visitors to the country. The agreement was signed by José Domingo Ulloa, Archbishop of Panama, and Jesus Sierra Victoria, Minister of the ATP.
According to Archbishop Ulloa, “this agreement will help promote Panama’s rich background history and cultural heritage with the Catholic Church.”
In Panama’s Old Quarter, as well as at various points in the interior, such as Natá de los Caballeros in Coclé and San Francisco de la Montaña in Veraguas, exist a number of important churches, whose history and structures date from the colonial era. It remains for the ATP and the Church to begin coordinating with tour operators to further develop the concept into commercial travel packages.