Península de Azuero attractions

Top Choice Workshop in Parita

Taller Dario López

One of Panama's top artisans, Dario López has been making colorful masks for folkloric dancers since the 1960s. These days most of his masks and satin costumes worn by devil dancers are exported to the USA and Europ…
Church in La Villa de Los Santos

Iglesia San Atanasio

On the east side of Plaza Simón Bolívar, this national treasure was consecrated in 1782, although the foundation stone had been laid more than two centuries earlier. It’s a wonderful example of the baroque style, wi…
Wildlife Reserve in Azuero Coastline

Isla Cañas

Isla Cañas is one of a handful of places that olive ridley sea turtles nest in high numbers (the others are two beaches on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and two beaches in Orissa on the Bay of Bengal in India). End…
Workshop in Parita

Taller de Restauración Macario José Rodriguez

Macario José Rodriguez has been restoring the wooden altars and statuary of Panama’s colonial churches since the early 1980s, and this is the only such workshop in the country. You'll find it opposite Parita's churc…
Wildlife Reserve in Around Pedasí

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Isla Iguana

This 53-hectare reserve is centered on a deserted island ringed by corals. The water is shallow enough for snorkeling and, as elsewhere in the Pacific, the reef fish here are enormous. You can get here by boat (US$7…
Museum in Chitré

Museo de Herrera Fabio Rodriquez

This small museum, housed in a lovely two-story colonial building, contains many well-preserved pieces of pottery dating from 5000 BC until the Spanish conquest; some of it was found at excavation sites outside Pari…
Church in Parita

Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

This 18th-century churrigueresque (an ornate Spanish baroque style) church has some lovely carvings; check out the pulpit and the retablo (altarpiece). It is the only church in Panama that has its steeple located di…
Museum in La Villa de Los Santos

Museo de la Nacionalidad

This modest museum, on the north side of Plaza Simón Bolívar, occupies the former house where Panama’s Declaration of Independence was signed in 1821. Pre-Columbian ceramics and colonial-era religious art comprise m…
Workshop in La Villa de Los Santos

Taller Carlos Ivan de Leon

Master mask-maker Carlos Ivan de Leon creates the most elaborate and frightening masks in Panama at his house just after Calle Segundo Villareal. He specializes in devil masks for the famous baile de los diablos suc…
Distillery in Interior Azuero

Varela Hermanos

At the Hacienda San Isidro near Pesé, 23km southwest of Chitré, Varela Hermanos, the country's largest seco (alcoholic drink made from sugarcane) distillery, has been making the nation's favorite tipple, Seco Herrer…