The magical province of Veraguas

Veraguas

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Panama has many beautiful places, full of charm and culture, but the Veraguas province is unique, not only for its history that goes beyond colonial times, but for its forests, mountains, coasts, and islands where there are more than 200 varieties of orchids; more than 400 species of birds, in addition to mammals, reptiles, and insects.

 

There are various national parks. The Coiba National Park, (with the largest coral reef on the Pacific Coast of America), Cerro Hoya National Park (covers the southwest part of the Azuero Peninsula and the sea that surrounds it), Santa Fe National Park (a forest in the northern region), La Yeguada Forest reserve (with a great artificial lake for the production of electricity) and El Montuoso Forest reserve. The adventurous tourist can spend weeks exploring the different areas.

 

Veraguas

San Francisco de Veraguas.

 

Beaches such as Playa Santa Catalina, Playa Mariato, Malena, and Torio offer great places for recreation, surfing, yoga, kayaking, fishing and much more. If you take a trip to the mountain towns of San Francisco de la Montaña, you will find an architectural Baroque jewel, a simple stone church which has the same name as the town, built in 1727, containing nine elaborately carved altarpieces, including the ornate main altar of ash and cedar. Although most colonial altars in the Americas were brought over from Europe, this one was carved by local indigenous people.

 

There are many attractions to discover in this province, from archeological sites to whale sightings and traditions that take the best of the indigenous and Spanish cultures in a magical land with a wealth of possibilities that is called Veraguas.

 

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