Coclé Province attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Natá

Basílica Menor Santiago Apóstol

Natá's principal draw is this 16th-century cathedral, thought to be the oldest church built in the Americas still in use today. Indigenous artisans did all the woodcarving in the church, including the six side altar…
Wildlife Reserve in El Valle

Butterfly Haven

One of El Valle's top attractions allows you to walk among up to 250 butterflies as they flutter by in a screened 'flight house.' Learn more about these ephemeral creatures, which live for just a couple of weeks max…
Factory in Aguadulce

Azucarera Nacional Ingenio Santa Rosa

From mid-January to mid-March this sugar refinery 15km southwest of Aguadulce processes more than 6500 tons of raw sugarcane daily. The process involves thousands of workers in round-the-clock production. It's a fas…
Factory in La Pintada

Cigarros Joyas de Panama

This local cigar factory enjoys quite a reputation internationally for its unique hand-rolled Cuban-seed puros (cigars). Depending on the time of year, a dozen to 40 workers roll as many as 400 cigars a day. Owner M…
Beach in Aguadulce

Playa El Salado

Located 9km southeast of central Aguadulce, this saltworks is a crucial habitat for marsh and shore birds. The area draws local and international birdwatchers to view roseate spoonbills, wood storks and black-necked…
Waterfall in El Valle

Chorro El Macho

The most famous waterfall in the El Valle region is 35m-high Chorro El Macho, one of four cascades located about 2km north of town; it's a 15-minute walk from the road and the entrance to the Canopy Adventure tour. …
Zoo in El Valle

Zoológico El Níspero

About 1km north of Av Central, this zoo set in the forest is home to everything from tapirs and capuchin monkeys to jaguars and more than 50 species of bird. It is also the best place to see Panama’s endangered rana…
Wildlife Reserve in El Valle

Panama Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Project Center

This conservation center was created in 2007 with the support of Houston Zoo to help save amphibians from a deadly virus threatening their numbers around the world. Run by a dedicated team of conservationists, the c…
Gardens in El Valle

Aprovaca

For the largest selection of orquídeas (orchids) in the region, visit this idyllic, not-for-profit garden east of the center, run by the local association of orchid producers. Volunteers work to maintain the lovely …
Archaeological Site in Natá

Parque Arqueológico del Caño

This archaeological site, under extensive renovation at the time of research, contains three pre-Columbian mounds dating from between AD 500 and 1200. The larger of the two under excavation contains five skeletons i…