a destination filled with surprises
wearing the Pollera, Panama’s national female attire, considered
by experts one of the most beautiful national costumes in the world.
It is said that the best Polleras come from the Azuero peninsula.
in central Panama, the Azuero peninsula encompasses the provinces
of Herrera, Los Santos and a portion of Veraguas, but, since most
of the population of the region resides in the first two, the name
generally refers to Herrera and Los Santos.
is part of the "Dry Arch" –the driest part of the
Republic, which comprises the western half of the Gulf of Panama.
Small hills covered with semi-arid savanna vegetation are the typical
landscape of the region, although its rivers and coastal marshlands
are always green, harboring great potential for eco tourism and
bird watching. Two national protected forests, El Montuoso Natural
Reserve and Cerro Hoya National Park, are also found in this part
of the country.
is cattle country. Except for the picturesque towns that dot the
landscape, a great part of the land is devoted to cattle grazing
is by far the greatest tourist attraction of the area. There are
over 600 folklore or religious festivals each year, as even the
smallest community devotes a day to its own patron saint. The most
important festivals in Azuero are Carnivals (Feb/March), the Ocú
International Fair (Ocú, province of Herrera, in January),
the Azuero International Fair (April/May), the Pollera National
Festival (honoring Panama’s beautiful female costume, in July),
and La Mejorana folklore festival in Guararé (September).
lodging facilities are found in the town of Chitré, the peninsula’s
largest town, which can be used as a base for exploration of Azuero’s
beaches, islands and cool highlands. The region has a good system
of roads and excellent communications with Panama City.