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Panama Panama

Travel Guidebook Travel Guidebook 2021

Veraguas - Chiriquí - Los Sant os

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Content Content

Discover Panama 03

Veraguas Province 04

Chiriquí Province 10

Los Santos Province 16

Gastronomy 22

Traditional Holidays 24

Travel Information 26

Documentation 26

Weather 27

Connectivity 28

Currency 30

Medical Care 31

Vaccines 31

Veraguas Travel Information 32 Chiriquí Travel Information 36 Pedasí Travel Information 41 Recommended Tour Operators 51

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Discover Panama

Panama is one of the best hidden treasures of Central America. It is a land of contrasts in a unique tropical environment. It could be said that Panama is a nature reserve, since 40% of its territory is protected.

Its capital, Panama City, is the most cosmopolitan and dynamic city, where the modern and the traditional come between creating a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere. Its most important tourist resource is the Panama Canal, an amazing engineer of great relevance to the world economy.

It is said that the Coast of Panama is where the Caribbean and the Pacific go hand in hand.

On the Pacific Coast are the islands of the Pearl Archipelago and the stunning beaches of the Province of Veraguas. For diving enthusiasts, Coiba Island National Park is one of the top 10 dive spots in the world and is home to the largest coral reef in the Eastern Pacific.

The Caribbean Coast hides jewels such as the San Blas Archipelago.

This coast is also home to the Bastimentos Island Maritime National Park where a variety of exotic species such as the red frog have their home.

But it is also known for having the largest breakwater in the Bocas del Toro archipelago: Silverback.

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The province of Veraguas is bordered to the north by the Caribbean Sea, to the south by the Pacific Ocean, to the east by the provinces of Colón, Coclé, Herrera, Los Santos and to the west by the province of Chiriquí and the Ngäbe-Bugle Region. Veraguas is the only province of Panama that has coasts in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

With a total of nine protected areas, of which there are four National Parks, it is a land full of stories, unique landscapes and a biodiversity that distinguishes it from the other provinces.

Veraguas is the only province of Panama bathed by two oceans. With more than 410 kilometers of coastline and more than 40 islands, including the largest and most beautiful in the country, Isla Coiba, the province of Veraguas offers experiences for lovers of nature and adventure. It’s cultural, folkloric, religious richness and legends are a charm enough to attract both insiders and outsiders.

Veraguas Province

The best of Atlantic and Pacific

Santiago

Santiago is an amazing place to discover. It is the capital of the province of Veraguas, with more than 210,325 inhabitants, is located in the center of Panama by the Pan- American Highway, thus bordering on the north side with the district of San Francisco and on the south with the district of Montijo.

The city of Santiago, houses two emblematic places: The Superior Normal School Juan Demóstenes Arosemena, currently symbol of the city, and The Cathedral of Santiago Apostle containing the remains of General José Fábrega, one of the generals who played an extremely important papal in the declaration of independence of Panama from Spain in 1821.

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Santa Fe

In Santa Fe there were some very strong battles between the Spanish and the indigenous during the 16th century. The natives were led by the warrior Urraca, who stopped the conquerors and today, is commemorated in a cent of Panama.

Santa Fe will be of interest to those who enjoy the small and quiet towns. The locals seem to have more than time on their hands and the restaurants, supermarkets and accommodations are simple, but welcoming.

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Coiba National Park is the third largest marine reserve in the world. As a whole, the islands of the park have more than 240 km of coastline, which, for the most part, are preserved in their natural state.

The great natural wealth of the park is its marine biodiversity and that more than 80% of its territory are virgin and unexplored forests. In Damas Bay is located a healthy coral reef that, with more than 1,700 km2 of surface, is the second largest in the central-eastern Pacific and the largest in the entire Central American region.

The Coiba National Park is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its wealth of ecosystems including forests, rivers, mangroves, coral reefs, rocky shores and sandy beaches, where endemic species of fauna and flora inhabit.

To the north of Veraguas, visitors will find an incredible camping destination, the Calobre Yeguada, surrounded by beautiful mountains and a cool climate. In the heart of the Yeguada, is the famous Lagoon, the perfect place in complete harmony with nature and the creation of a human being. It is located at a height of 1,297 meters above sea level.

La Yeguada is known for its forest reserve and beautiful lake surrounded by more than 2,000 hectares of pine trees, La Yeguada is an ideal destination for adventure tourism, camping, nature and hiking.

The 1,125 km² lagoon is actually the mouth of an ancient crater of a volcano, its last eruption was about 1,625 years ago and provides hydropower to the hydroelectric plant of La Yeguada. With camping areas around the lagoon and star-sty skies overnight

Yeguada Falls

Photo by Edward Silleros

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Cerro Hoya National Park

For lovers of archaeology, in the Cerro Hoya National Park, in addition to its dense vegetation, are the oldest stones in the country, they are from long before Panama separated the oceans and became the bridge of the Americas, changing the climate of the planet and the history of the world.

The park is named after the highest mountain on the peninsula, measuring about 1,559 meters. In addition, more than 95 species of birds have been identified in the park, including the Red Macaw, currently endangered. Other species of birds that can be found in the park are the royal vulture, osprey, toucans and black mangrove hawks. It also hosts a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects and has more than 30 endemic plant species.

Yeguada

Photo by Edward Silleros

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Mangrove forest predominates in the Gulf of Montijo, with different representative species such as the red mangrove, the black mangrove and the white mangrove.

The Wetlands of International Importance Gulf of Montijo represents for migratory birds an important habitat such as passage and nesting. Among the birds are the Martín Pescador Norteli, the raptors Águila Pescadora and the Gavilán Manglero, and the exotic ones like the Loro Amazona Frentirrojo.

Santa Catalina, which once was a small fishing village with relatively few visitors, has become a world-renowned surfing destination for beginners and professionals alike. Located on the Pacific coast of the province of Veraguas, Santa Catalina is the ideal place if you like to surf or if you ever wanted to learn. Keep in mind that the village is not very developed: there are very few restaurants and accommodations, a grocery store and surf schools.

Experienced surfers should go to the black sand beaches of Santa Catalina, where they will find powerful waves that can exceed nine meters and have excellent tubes.

Another must-see is Punta Brava, which offers good breakers and excellent tubes.

Gulf of Montijo

Santa Catalina

On the other hand, beginner surfers and those who want to try surfing should head to Estero Beach, where the waves are smaller. You can also go to one of the surf schools in the area to rent boards or take classes. In addition to surfing, Santa Catalina is also the starting point for most excursions to Coiba National Park.

Photo by Faustino Sánchez - PSA Productions

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Isla Granit o de Or o

“Veraguas is the only

province of Panama that has coasts in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans”

Photo by Faustino Sánchez - PSA Productions

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“Chiriquí is characterized by high

mountains and its forests. It’s one of the most biodiverse areas in the country.”

Photo by Hassen Salum

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San José de David, also known as David, is the capital of Chiriquí province, located west of Panama. In David, visitors can visit the leafy Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Park, where ice cream and crafts are on the order of the day. The Barrio Bolívar is full of colonial buildings, and the José de Obaldía Museum of History and Culture exposes archaeological objects of great importance. In addition, to the southwest is the Playa Barqueta Wildlife Refuge, full of mangroves and beaches where you can spot the spawning of sea turtles.

Chiriquí is a province in western Panama that borders Costa Rica and the Pacific Ocean. It means “valley of the moon” for the ngäbe-buglé indians and has an area of 6,547.7 km².

The province of Chiriquí is considered the third most important province of Panama, being one of the most developed tourist areas in the country. It is characterized by high mountains, coastal areas and its forests.

To the north is the Talamanca Mountain Range, where numerous rivers flow into the Pacific are born and where the highest point of the country is located, the Barú Volcano. In addition, it is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity in the country. Currently there are a wide variety of plant species, including: peanut, mahogany, red cedar, cypress, oak, ash, laurel, pine etc.

Chiriquí Province

The region of biodiversity

San José de David

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Barú Volcano National Park is located in the province of Chiriquí. Thanks to the volcanic soil of the

area, geisha coffee, internationally recognized, is produced here. This premium coffee is grown at high altitudes and is one of the most expensive coffee varieties in the world.

The Barú Volcano National Park is home to the 12th highest peak in Central America (3,474 meters) and the only place in the world where the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean can be observed at the same time.

The volcano and surrounding land host 5 different ecosystems thanks to a combination of mountainous regions of tropical forest, as well as the consequences of volcanic eruptions that occurred millions of years ago.

Boquet e

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Cerro Punta

Cerro Punta is characterized by a remarkably rugged geography, with small plains where sit, among others, the villages of Guadalupe, Bajo Grande, Entre Ríos, Las Nubes, La Garita, Barrio del Bajito, Las Miranda, Barrio 6, El Pueblo, Las Cumbres, Alto Pineda, El Barrio de la Chacha, Nueva Suiza, Alto Bambito.

Unlike the usual conglomerate population centers, the villages of Cerro Punta rather show a bucolic atmosphere, of houses separated from one another, behind which, its inhabitants develop crops of potatoes and vegetables. It is a very fertile and generous territory.

Boquete is a natural environment with cool temperatures that invite you to enjoy its exquisite delicacy awarded around the world: coffee.

The fluttering and singing of the birds invite you to walk along the trails while Mother Nature invades the senses of the visitors. Its suspension bridges and relaxing walks, its crystal-clear waters, and its abundant and diverse flowers make Boquete an ideal destination for nature lovers.

Boquete

The Barú Volcano has seven craters and several hiking trails that you can take to see them. Some roads are quite challenging, while others are shorter and more accessible. If you have a lot of experience in excursions, you can make the epic journey to the top of the volcano through the village of Volcán. This demanding hike can last up to 8 hours round trip.

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This mountainous jungle is part of the Talamanca Mountain Range, an interesting geological formation that hosts an incredibly rare flora and fauna; the perfect combination of good jungle hikes and tropical wildlife. The 9.6 km hike is an adventure of epic proportions and will take you about 4 hours to go.

The mountain and forest terrain are more suited for

experienced hikers and, as always, it is recommend going with a guide. During the hike, visitors will be able to see impressive sites, magical suspension bridges and, if you are very lucky, a sighting of Quetzal.

The Gulf of Chiriquí is one of the province’s strong points. With abundant vegetation, lovely white sand islands and one of the largest coral reefs in the Pacific, the Gulf of Chiriquí is a place you have to visit yes or yes.

Located in the extreme northwest of the Panamanian Pacific, near the border with Costa Rica, the gulf hosts the Marino National Park, created in 1994 to protect an area of more than 150 square kilometers, and includes the Paridas Islands, easily accessible from Boca Chica, a small port located just over an hour from the city of David.

The Gulf of Chiriquí Marine National Park hosts all the Gulf Islands, as well as reefs, mangroves and animal life. This protected area of the country is one of the best sites for bird watching in Panama. In addition, the gulf is known for being one of the most prolific sport fishing and hunting grounds in the world, especially Hannibal Bank and Montuosa Island.

The Gulf of Chiriquí is an ideal destination for top-notch diving and snorkeling, as well as relaxing on the beach. The islands Parida, Gámez and Bolaños are lovely white sand sites where you can spend the day. If you are looking for a private beach and luxury accommodation, visit Isla Secas.

Gulf of Chiriquí

Quetzales Trail

The magnificent and resplendent Quetzal is the most mythical and colorful bird in the region: legend says it is easier to observe in the province of Chiriquí than anywhere else in its existence in Central America.

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Quetzales T rail

“The magnificent and resplendent

Quetzal is the most mythical and

colorful bird in the region.”

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The province of Los Santos, located south of the Azuero peninsula. It has an area of 3,809.4 km² and a population of 89,592. It is considered, along with the province of Herrera, as the cradle of Panamanian traditions and folklore. Places like Guararé, Santo Domingo, La Palma, San José, among others, are recognized for their laborious work in the making of the typical national costume, “la pollera”.

In Los Santos, the past and tradition remain dormant in the hearts of its people. People of Los Santos surprise with their religious enthusiasm by celebrating “Corpus Christi” where you can experience folklore in a different context. From June to October, you have the opportunity to witness a wonderful spectacle: whale watching.

In this province, the visitor wakes up with the sun playing in his window and enjoying its incredible waves with his surfboard. This magical and unique land invites you to be part of your adventure.

Los Santos Province

The cradle of Panama’s folklore

Las Tablas City

Las Tablas, capital of Los Santos, was founded on July 19, 1671, by a group of people who dwelled in “Panamá Viejo” and fled before the looting of the pirate Henry Morgan. Legends have it that a strong wind pushed the ship towards the shores of what is now the province of Los Santos. Some point out that the final destination was New Granada; others claim that it was Lima: the important thing, in the end, is that they agree that the ship ran aground at the mouth of a river.

Las Tablas is known for its music rhythms. It is a land of violin and flute, where Panamanian popular music comes to life. The

“drummers” of the town of Las Tablas enjoy great prestige for their skill in redoubling.

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Azuer o’s Artisan

“In Los Santos, the

past and tradition

remain dormant in the

hearts of its people.”

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Pedasí

Pedasi, located to the south of the Azuero peninsula, in the province of Los Santos, is a colorful and picturesque District just 5 hours by car from Panama City, or 45 minutes by plane, with hotels, restaurants and bars suitable to the tastes and different budgets.

People say that Pedasi is the best kept secret of the Panamanian Pacific as this place has everything a tourist seeks: friendly and affectionate people, beaches, surfing, islands, folklore, traditions and culture, mangroves, turtles, fishing, whales, countryside, typical meals, and much more.

Pedasi still retains its typical colonial houses with high roofs and fresh porches supported by wooden columns and painted in bright colors where its people find the time to chat long with each other.

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Pedasí Main Str eet

Isla Cañas

Isla Cañas is the place where people from all over the world witness a great event: the arrival of sea turtles. Four species visit this island every year bringing with them the gift of life, that is deposited in its sands as a treasure.

Photo by Marilyn Aguilar

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Isla Iguana

“The jungle and ocean merge into Playa

Venao and Isla Iguana, two of the most

interesting beach destinations on the

Azuero Peninsula.”

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The Iguana Island Wildlife Refuge has 40 hectares of reefs surrounding the island and protects a colony of approximately 5,000 frigates. Among the activities you can do here are: hiking, whale watching (humpback whale), diving, snorkeling, bird watching, camping, swimming, picnicking and sport fishing.

The jungle and ocean merge into Playa Venao, a picturesque village located on the Pacific coast of the Azuero Peninsula. In this attractive destination there are black sand beaches and top-notch surfing. In Playa Venao there is little urbanization, which means that the visitor will live a quiet and relaxed experience. However, the area is growing thanks to the incredible waves and beaches. There are several boutique hotels, surf huts, some places to camp on the beach and some options to eat and go shopping.

Surfing is the main attraction in Playa Venao, the orientation of the beach is perfect for the waves of the south. But you can also have a good time even if you don’t like surfing: deep sea fishing, snorkeling, diving, rowing and enjoy whale watching.

As for the activities on land, you will have the opportunity to go hiking, horseback riding, do yoga, rest in an ecological spa or visit the weekly market of Pedasi.

Isla Iguana

Playa Venao

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Gastronomy

A great exotic variety

Panama is full of flavors. Panamanian cuisine is one of the most varied we can find in the world. Its cuisine has the influence of many different cultures: African, American, Afro-Antilles, Amerindian and Hispanic have influenced the typical dishes of this country, thus offering combinations of very varied and exotic flavors.

Photo by Faustino Sánchez - PSA Productions

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Ceviche is a very common delicacy in several countries of Central America. This dish consists of cutting pieces of fish or pieces of seafood and macerating in lime or lemon juice. In Panama it is common to eat it as an appetizer and it is often supplemented with tomato sauce or savory soda cookies.

This dish is one of the most characteristic of the gastronomy of Panama. The real Panamanian “sancocho” is made with yard goose meat. The dish is a stew of hard meat to which is added coriander, oregano, onion, garlic, vegetables and salt.

Once everything is cooked, yam (a tuber typical of the wetlands) is added and accompanied with rice.

Ceviche

Rice is one of Panama’s most common foods and there are hundreds of ways to prepare it.

Panamanians loves accompanying it with ingredients as beans.

Rice with beans

Sancocho

Tamal is a common dish in several countries and its peculiarity is that the wrapper is vegetable leaves. In Panama the tamal is usually made of banana leaves and is cooked with a corn dough mixed with raisins and a little broth. Then it is stuffed with chicken or pork.

Tamal

This delicous dish is a corn mass with tortilla shape. Usually it is mixed with cottage cheese or banana.

Corn Tortilla

Frayed meat, specifically skirt, is known as “Ropa Vieja”. The meat is cooked with a base of tomato, garlic, onion and a little paprika and accompanied with a portion of rice.

In Panama it is common to serve it with big potatoes and fried and flattened pieces of green banana.

Ropa Vieja

Yucca is a vegetable which usually accompany many dishes. Normally, it is simmered and once is soft, Panamanians fry it until it turns to gold color.

Fried Yucca

Photo by Kristen Kellogg

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Traditional Holidays

Coming from an ancestral culture

Diff er ent f estivities of P anama

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Carnival

Carnival is one of the most expected traditional holidays for Panamanians. It’s celebrated during 4 days before Ash Wednesday and it is ended with the “burial of the sardine”.

People from Panama tend to move to the outback or they go to the coast to dance with the rhythm of the popular music.

Holy Week

Holy Week is one of the most celebrated traditional holidays in Panama. The most incredible processions are probably Bocas del Toro’s Processions. Depending on the zone, it is common to eat “Bon bread”, bread made with crystallized fruits with an essence of cinnamon and vanilla or “Yaniqueque”, a bread made with coco milk.

Panamanians usually have a cocoa drink too.

Pollera’s festival

It is a holiday celebrated each 22nd of July in Las Tablas city. Panamanians commemorate one of the most traditional feminine suits of the country, “la pollera”.

Each year, close to 15.000 woman participate to show these incredible customs, and a jury choose the best Pollera outfit of the country.

Mejorana’s festival

Mejorana’s festival is one the most popular holidays in Panama. It is celebrated in Guararé at the end of September. This event is probably one of the most important folk fairs in the country. Each year, they choose the most beautiful applicant, the Queen. Visitors will find traditional parades, music and art competition and age-old traditions.

Flowers and Coffe Fair

It has its origin as an intermittent coffee fair that was held since 1950. From the time of the 70s it became The Fair of Flowers and Coffee, held during the month of April. Now, it is a fair celebrated in the district of Boquete in January.

People show and sell several types of flowers from the country, jewelry, crafts, sweets, traditional dishes and much more.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is a religious holiday that begins 60 days after Resurrection Sunday. In Panama, this festivity is celebrated in the picturesque Villa de Los Santos, where a multitude of events take place such as the Departures of the Dirty Devils, the Quarter of the Sun or the Search for the Bull.

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Living In

Natural Life

To travel to Panama it is mandatory to be in possession of a passport with a validity of at least 6 months (not in a deteriorating situation). The visitor must also have a return ticket and the documents to enter another country of destination. Finally, it is necessary to demonstrate economic solvency, being the usual thing, the provision of USD 500, preferably in cash.

If the person belongs to a country that can enter Panama on a stamped visa, it means that the foreigner does not require prior authorization from the Migration Directorate, but must be requested before the Consul of Panama. On the other hand, if the traveler belongs to the group:

authorized visa, he must apply for authorization from his respective country (at the Panama Consulate in his country) or it can be requested by an interested person who is resident in Panama.

Finally, if the traveler comes from the countries classified with visa suppression agreement or visa waiver, they will not need a visa to enter the country, but must meet the general requirements discussed above.

We recommend to review visa information before travelling at: www.migracion.gob.pa

Travel

Information

Documentation

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Panama has two distinct seasons: the average one and the low one.

Weather

The dry season begins in mid-December and ends in mid-April. On the Pacific side is the dry season and some rainfall is observed in Panama City and south of the continental divide.

Panama temperatures depends on the area:

Lowlands: 32ºC (89.6ºF) during the day and 21ºC (69.8ºF) at night.

Highlands: 20ºC (68ºF) during the day and 10ºC (50ºF) at night.

Other information:

Sunrise: 6 – 6:30 AM

Sunset: 6 – 6:30 PM

Temperature of Sea: between 27,8°C(82ºF) and 29,4°C (84,9ºF).

The raining season includes the period from the end of April to the beginning of December. Sporadic rains predominate throughout the country.

Dry season - Summer Raining season - Green

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International Airports

Panama has four airports that are used internationally, but the majority of tourists arrive from the next following ones:

Tocumen International Airport ((507) 238-2700; www.tocumenpanama.aero; Ave Domingo Díaz; Panama City).

Enrique Malek Airport ((507) 721-1072; David).

Lines with international direct flights to Panama are:

Air Canada (507) 269-6464; www.aricanada.com

Air France (507) 264-6395; wwws.airfrance.fr

Air Europa (507) 800-0512; www.aireuropa.com

American Airlines (507) 269-6022; www.aa.com

Avianca (507) 206-8203; www.avianca.com

Copa Airlines (507) 217- 2672; www.copaair.com

Delta Airlines (507) 214-8118; www.delta.com

Iberia (507) 227-2573; www.iberia.com

KLM (507) 264-6395; www.klm.com

Spirit Airlines (507) 238-3841; www.spirit.com

Turkish Airlines (507) 388 5585; www.turkishairlines.com

United Airlines (507) 6899-7114; www.united.com

Wingo (507) 833-7760 www.wingo.com

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Boats are the main means of transport in several areas of Panama, especially in the province of Darien, the archipelago of Las Perlas and the islands of San Blas and Bocas del Toro.

You can take a bus to almost any community in Panama accessible by road from the main Albrook terminal in Panama City. Most of the Panamanian cities have a bus terminal with frequent regional departures and connections with Panama City and Costa Rica.

Ship Bus

Internal transport

Taxis are low cost and numerous. It should be noted that not all drivers know the destinations well. Before getting into a taxi it is recommended to set the destination and the fare.

There are several options of international companies that allow online reservations and different prices and offers depending on the season. Using GPS is a good option, however it should be considered that in some remote areas of Panama City or rural areas the signal may be lost.

Taxi Private Car

Panama is a country with easy land mobility due to its size, however, you will find domestic flights that depart from Albrook and Tocumen airports in Panama City to the more distant provinces such as Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí.

• National flights are operated by Air Panama (507) 316-9069;

www.airpanama.com) y Copa Airlines (507) 217- 2672; www.

copaair.com; 8.00-17.00; Mo- Fri).

• Reservations must be made in advance during high season, when demand for flights to destinations like Bocas increases.

It is the least used means of transport since there is only one rail service between Panama City and Colon.

Plane

Train

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Panama uses balboa (PAB) and the US dollar (US $) as its currency. The equivalence between the two coins is 1 = 1.

Except in the most remote locations and the province of Darien, the Contadora and Taboga islands and the Archipelago of San Blas, it is easy to access an ATM.

Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants and luxury hotels, but elsewhere they may not.

Currency

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To enter Panama it is mandatory to be vaccinated from yellow fever if the traveler comes from Africa and certain countries of South America or if the visitor is travelling from Panama to other destinations in Latin America. In addition, the World Health Organization recommends vaccinating against the following diseases: Hepatitis A and B, Meningitis, Tetanus, Treatment for Typhoid and Antimalarial Fevers.

In Panama City and David there is good medical assistance, but in the rest of the country it is limited. Most doctors and hospitals expect cash payments, even if the traveler has travel health insurance.

Vaccines

Medical Care

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How to arrive

Veraguas Travel

Information

Land Access

Santa Catalina

Bus/taxi

The Panama City to Santa Catalina journey is 7 hours. You must take the bus from the Albrook terminal in Panama City to Soná, a journey of 5.5 hours with a cost of US$9.70 approx. From Soná, you must take a bus to Santa Catalina, a 1.5 hour journey with a cost of US$4.65 approx. Take into account that the last bus from Soná to Catalina leaves at 4:30 PM approx. In the case of losing them, the only option is a taxi with a cost of US$40.00.

Private car

When renting a car from Panama City to Santa Catalina, you must take the Inter-American Highway until you reach Santiago de Veraguas. Just before reaching Soná, take the detour to the left that goes towards Santa Catalina. The whole trip takes about 6 hours.

To get to Veraguas you must make the land route from Panama City to Santia-

go, Veraguas and go to Mariato. In the case of Santa Catalina, go to Soná. This

destination does not have domestic flights.

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Bus Terminal Contact

Albrook (507) 314-6208 Santiago (507) 998-3818

Soná (507) 998-8490

Mariato

Bus/taxi

The Panama City to Mariato journey is 6.5 hours. You must take the bus from the Albrook terminal in Panama City to Santiago, a 3.5-hour journey with a cost of US$9.50 approx. From Santiago, take a bus to the communities near Mariato, a 2.5-hour journey with a cost of US$5.00 approx. Taxi from Santiago, US$60.00 approx.

Private car

When renting a car from Panama City to Mariato, you must go along the Inter-American Highway in the direction of Santiago de Veraguas. Then take the road to Atalaya and you must turn in the direction of the town of Ponuga, which is a coastal road with views of beaches all the way. The whole trip takes about 6 hours.

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Establishment Location

Restaurante Pescao Santa Catalina El Encuentro Santa Catalina La Vieja Panadería Santa Catalina Chanos Point Santa Catalina Iguanito Santa Catalina Restaurante Bannana Santa Catalina Los Pibes Santa Catalina Sugar Mamma’s Café Santa Catalina AI Mamita by Villa Coco Santa Catalina Pingüinos Café Santa Catalina

Playa Reina Mariato

La Fondita Restaurante Mariato

Los Gavilanes Mariato

Activity Location Season

Surf Santa Catalina, Isla Cebaco, Mariato, Gulf of Montijo All year*

Diving and Snorkeling Cébaco, Mariato, Coiba, Banco Hanibal All year*

Offshore Sport Fishing Cébaco, Mariato, Coiba, Banco Hanibal All year*

Bird Observation Gulf of Montijo All year

Turtle nesting Mariato June - March*

Kayaking Santa Catalina July - November*

Horse ride Santa Catalina All year*

SUP Yoga Santa Catalina All year*

Observation of marine fauna Cébaco, Mariato, Coiba, Banco Hanibal All year*

Whale Observation Mariato, Cébaco y Coiba July - October*

*It depends on the weather

Activities

Restaurants and cafes

Veraguas is the province with seas on both sides and has endless attractions immersed in the richness of fauna and flora. Some of the activities that you can enjoy are:

Photo by Playa Reina

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Photo by Unlimited Adventure

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Air Access

Boquete, Tierras Altas and the Gulf of Chiriquí village has no own airport. Visitors can arrive to David (International Enrique Malek Airport -DAV-) with the company Air Panama and Copa Airlines through their daily flights from Panama City and then go to each destination by land. Flight duration 1 hour.

Land Access

Private car/taxi

From Panama City: Rent a car and drive 7 hours to their destination.

From David: Rent a car or take a taxi ($30.00 approx. to Boquete; $40.00 approx. to Volcán; and

$70.00 approx. to Boca Chica).

Bus

From Panama City: From the Albrook bus terminal to David, Chiriquí the journey is approximately 6 hours and it has a cost by bus of US$18.15 approx. When you arrive in David, you must combine the journey with another bus in the direction of your destination: Boquete, Tierras Altas (Cerro Punta and Volcán) or towards Horconcito if you go to the Gulf of Chiriquí (Boca Chica).

From David: It is necessary to take a direct bus to Boquete, Volcán or Cerro Punta. The bus takes between 45 minutes to 1 hour to Boquete and costs less than US$2.00; to Volcán, 1.5 hours and costs US$3.00; and towards Cerro Punta, 2 hours and costs US$3.50. In the case of Boca Chica (Gulf of Chiriquí), you must take a bus to Horconcito that costs US$2.00, which takes 50 minutes and then a bus to Boca Chica, approximately US$3.00, which takes 20 minutes.

How to arrive

Chiriquí Travel

Information

Boquete, Tierras Altas and the Gulf of Chiriquí has different kinds of access which are explained below:

Bus Terminal Contact

Albrook (507) 314-6228

David (507) 775-2974

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Restaurants and cafes

Recommended accommodation in Chiriquí

Establishment Address Contact

Finca Lerida Bajo Boquete (507) 720-1111

Hotel Oasis Bajo Boquete (507) 720-1586

Hacienda Los Molinos Boquete (507) 730-8313

Hotel Hampton Inn by Hilton David (507) 788-0170

Establishment Address

Panamonte Boquete

Butcher Chophouse Boquete

Kotowa Boquete

The Rock Boquete

RetroGusto Restauran & Bar Boquete

Mesa Azul Boquete

The Garden Restaurante & Country Store Boquete Fire Side Inn – Geogres´Grill Boquete

The Fish House Boquete

Boquete Sandwich Shop Boquete

Bocas del Mar Restaurante y Bar Boca Chica

La Promesa Boca Chica

Restaurante Roxys Kitchen Boca Chica

Restaurante Ecotreal Lodge Cerro Punta

Cafetería La Huerta Cerro Punta

Fresas del Pariente Cerro Punta

Cerro Brujo Gourmet Volcán

Fanny’s by Terrace Bistro Volcán

Sabores Terralteños Maná Volcán

Restaurante Ely Volcán

Restaurante Aquí va la niña Volcán

Restaurante La Carbonera Volcán

Ceriana Café Volcán

Como te Gusta Café Roaster & Shop Volcán

Acústico Coffee House Paso Ancho

Bambitos Café y Hostel Paso Ancho

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Activity Location Season

Barú Volcano Hike Boquete and Tierras Altas District All year*

Coffee Tour - Harvest Boquete and Tierras Altas District September - April

Coffee Tour - Tasting Boquete and Tierras Altas District All year

Agro experiences Boquete and Tierras Altas District All year

Honey tasting Boquete and Tierras Altas District All year

Tea tasting Boquete and Tierras Altas District All year

Rum tasting Boquete All year

Butterfly farm Boquete All year

Tasting of craft beers Boquete and Tierras Altas District All year

Trekking Boquete and Tierras Altas District All year*

Bird observation Boquete and Tierras Altas District All year

Horse Riding Boquete and Tierras Altas District All year

Canopy and Suspension Bridge Boquete All year

River rafting Boquete All year*

Waterfall Route Boquete and Gualaca All year*

Purchases David All year

Diving and Snorkeling Gulf of Chiriquí All year*

Sport fishing Gulf of Chiriquí All year*

Whale Observation Gulf of Chiriquí July - October*

*It depends on the weather

Activities

Chiriquí, where the diversity of tourism products predominates with a mixture of cultural, ecological, adventure, sun, beach and much more, invites you to discover them during your visit. Some of the activities that you can enjoy are:

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Air Access

From Panama City: To travel to Pedasí from Panama City there are several possibilities:

Option 1: Rent a car in Tocumen Airport and drive 5 hours by Interamericana road route 1 to arrive to Divisa.

There, take route 2 and drive to Pedasi.

Option 2: Take a public bus or taxi from Tocumen Airport to the Albrook Transport terminal in Panama City.

Here, take the bus to Las Tablas. 5 hours later, take a taxi or walk to the Central Bus Terminal and take a second bus to Pedasí (45 minutes approx.).

Option 3: Take a charter flight from Albrook Airport to Pedasi.

Option 4: Take a flight Panama City-Chitré with Air Panama Airline. In Chitré take a public bus to Las Tablas and then, to Pedasi or hire a private transfer service.

From Las Tablas City: Take a flight Panama City-Chitré with Air Panama Airline. In Chitré take a public bus to Las Tablas and then, to Pedasi or hire a private transfer service.

How to arrive

Pedasí Travel

Information

Pedasi, Los Santos, is one of the towns located in Azuero Peninsula with better con-

nectivity. The different types of access are explained below:

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Bus Terminal Contact

Albrook (507) 314-6208

Las Tablas (507) 997-8072

Bus Terminal Contact

Las Tablas (507) 994-9796

Pedasí (507) 995-2277

Panama City – Las Tablas Schedule

First bus 06:00 AM

Last bus 07:00 PM

Las Tablas - Pedasí Schedule

First bus 06:30 AM

Last bus 06:30 PM

Las Tablas - Panama City Schedule

First bus 01:30 AM

Last bus 05:00 PM

Pedasí – Las Tablas Schedule

First bus 05:00 AM

Last bus 05:00 PM

Land Access

From Panama City Bus Terminal to Las Tablas. The tour takes approximately 4 hours and the fare is $9.70.

From Tablas Bus Terminal to Pedasi. The tour lasts approximately 45 and the fare is $2.40 and $1.80 for retirees.

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Hotel Pedasí Paradise

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Accommodation Location Contact

Villa Marina Lodge & Condos Playa venao (507) 6634-9057 Pedasí Ocean Properties Playa Destiladeros (507) 833-9144 Hotel Casa de Campo Pedasí Pedasí Centro (507) 995-2733 Hotel Pedasí Nature Paradise Pedasí Centro (507) 6780-5280 With a total of 35 hotels between Pedasi and Venao Beach; Pedasi, is a perfect destination to plan your vacation. Visitors can choose between staying in the center of the picturesque village or sunrise with the sound of the waves, in front of the beach.

Recommended accommodation in Pedasí

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Hotel Pedasí Paradise

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Restaurant Location

Restaurante Casa de Campo Pedasí Centro Restaurante Smiley's Pedasí Centro El Chichemito Pedasieño Pedasí Centro

Mama Fefa Pedasí Centro

El portalito Pedasí Centro

Bohemia Pizzeria Y Rest Pedasí Centro Le Panier (panadería) Pedasí Centro

Asados Pedasí Pedasí Centro

Corporación de Ecoturismo de Pedasí Playa Arenal

Chichemito 2 Pedasí Centro

La Forcheta Di Gabriel Playa Arenal Restaurante Playa Arenal Playa Arenal

The Corner Pedasí Centro

Restaurante el Ejecutivo Entrada de Pedasí Restaurante 2 océanos Entrada de Pedasí Restaurante las Molas Pedasí Centro Restaurante Bull Beach Playa el Toro Restaurante La Guaricha Pedasí Centro

Restaurante Isla Iguana Pedasí Centro Resaturante el Lago Pedasí Centro Reestaurante Segreto Pedasí Centro Fonda Teadiciones de mi pueblo Pedasí Centro

Betos Lunch Pedasí Centro

Delicias Caleñas Pedasí Centro

Cucou Crazy Playa el Toro

Restaurante el Ancla Playa el Toro

Restaurante Ruta 06 El Limon

Fonda el Pescador El Ciruelo

Restaurante Terry Desti Beach Hacienda los Destiladeros

Restaurants in Pedasí

Pedasí has more than 50 restaurants distributed throughout the district, with a wide and varied gastronomy suitable for all tastes and budgets.

Restaurant Location

Restaurante Casa de la Abuela Los Gavilanes Restaurante Villa Marina Bistro Playa Venao

Restaurante Blue Venao Playa Venao Restaurante Selina Playa Venao Restaurante de Wao Venao Playa Venao Restaurante Beach Break Playa Venao Restaurante La Hummusería Playa Venao Restaurante Coleos Playa Venao Restaurante Terraza Pizza Playa Venao Restaurante el Sitio Playa Venao Restaurante Micaela Playa Venao Restaurante Playa Venao Playa Venao

Fonda Mama Lila Pedasí Centro

Chef Pal Pedasí Centro

Restaurante el Amanecer Playa Venao Restaurante Playa Venao Playa Venao Antojitos Fast Food Pedasí Centro

Taco Flow Playa Venao

The Mall Garden Pedasí Centro Asados el Naranjal El Naranjal

Delicias Mama Cely Los Higos

Restaurante Punta Franca Destiladeors Kira Group S.A. GROUP, S.A Playa Venao Restaurante Playita Resort Playa Venao

La Joya Andromeda

Olor y Sabor Peedasí Centro

Ht Dog Liam Peedasí Centro

Restaurante Pablo Barrios Peedasí Centro

Batista Fernando Purio

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Activity Location Season

Sport and traditional fishing The whole coast of Los Santos Province All year * Surf and Bodyboard Playa Venao, Playa Lagarto, Playa el Toro, Punta Mala All year *

Whale Observation Isla Iguana, Playa Venao, Playa el Cieruelo, Playa el Toro July - October *

Agrotourism Hacienda los Gabilanes, Oria Arriba All year *

Diving and Snorkeling Isla Iguana, Playita Resort, Los Frailes, El Ciruelo All year * Turtle Observation Playa Lagarto en Pedasí; Isla Cañas in Tonosí July - November *

Trekking Playa Venao, Isla Iguana, Cañas, Oria Arriba All year *

Mangrove Observation Puerto de Pedasí in Pedasí; Isla Cañas in Tonosí All year *

Horse ride Playa Venao, Isla Cañas, Playa Arenal, Oria Arriba All year *

Kayaking Puerto de Pedasí in Pedasí; Isla Cañas in Tonosí All year *

*It depends on the weather

Activities

Pedasí is a unique destination to enjoy in the middle of nature. Its beautiful beaches with crystal clear water, make it the ideal destination for lovers of surfing, bodyboarding and snorkeling.

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Recommended Tour Operators

Tour operator Contact Web Page Province

Isla Cañas Tours (507) 6263-4388 www.facebook.com/islacanastours/ Los Santos

Balaena Travel - Pedasi Paradise (507) 995-2733 www.balaena.travel/panama Los Santos

Transporte y Turismo (507) 6550-0300 www.tranporteyturismo.com Chiriquí

Viajes Autenticos (507) 6948-8896 www.viajes-autenticos.com Chiriquí

Volcan Eco Tours (507) 787 5747 www.volcanecotours.com Chiriquí

Isthmian Adventures (507) 950-5556 www.isthmianadventures.com Veraguas

Scuba Coiba S.A. (507) 6980-7122 www.scubacoiba.com Veraguas

Tours Panama al Natural (507) 6676-4583 www.panamaalnatural.com Veraguas

Trip on Travel Panama (507) 6372-5112 www.tripontravelpanama.com Veraguas

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