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The Azuero Peninsula is a large peninsula in southern Panama, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. This area is part of the so called “Dry Arch” of Panama and offers the best climate in the entire country: dry and sunny weather and very little rain all year round.
The Azuero Peninsula – except for the quickly developing cities of Chitré and Las Tablas – feels isolated from modern Panama, frozen in an idyllic past, with lots of charm and natural beauty left. Its lands encompass small hills with semi-arid savanna vegetation, fertile river courses and coastal marshlands offering many opportunities for cultural, eco and adventure tourism in Panama. The Azuero Peninsula was one of the first regions of Panama to be settled more than 10,000 years ago, and the area in the north of Azuero was cultivated thousands of years before the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors.
The Azuero Peninsula’s numerous colonial villages are the wellspring of Panama’s favorite folkloric traditions – beautiful traditional clothing, such as the stunning Pollera, and handicrafts, such as ceramics based on pre-Columbian designs, originated and are still made here. The same is true of some important musical and literary traditions. Even Panama’s national drink, the sugarcane liquor known as “Seco”, is produced in Azuero. The Azuero Peninsula is also famous for its numerous festivals – every week there is a celebration in one of the villages. Religious festivals such as Carnival, Easter or Corpus Christi but also festivals to commemorate foundation dates or celebrate local traditions are held throughout the year.
At the Pacific beaches of the Azuero Peninsula it is still possible to find a deserted seaside paradise. The beaches are wide and long, the waters filled with big fish and, in some places, extensive coral. Several spots on the Azuero Peninsula are considered some of the world’s finest surfing destinations.
Isla Cañas, off the south coast of the Azuero Peninsula, is the most important nesting spot for sea turtles on Panama’s Pacific shore: Tens of thousands lay their eggs there each year. Plus, from June to October a large quantity of humpback whales migrate to the waters off Azuero’s coastline to give birth.
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