The Azuero Peninsula is a remote agricultural region on a large peninsula in southern Panama that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful peninsula with its semi-arid savanna vegetation, fertile river courses, coastal marshlands, deserted sandy beaches and pretty colonial villages, feels isolated from modern Panama and was one of the first regions to be settled by the Spanish and has continued to be at the heart of Panamanian culture and folklore.
- See five species of sea turtles come ashore at Isla Canas to lay their eggs
- Enjoy Pedasi’s laid-back atmosphere and Spanish colonial architecture
- Go snorkelling for rays on the beautiful coral reefs of Isla Iguana
- Head to a Seco distillery – the national drink made from sugarcane
- Visit a local family to see how the elaborate carnival Devil masks are made
The Spanish heritage is most evident in the regular religious fiestas that happen throughout the year and these are extremely colourful and vibrant events with processions, traditional music and fireworks and the locals showing off their wonderful traditional clothing.
The area is perfect for those looking for something a little more active as there is also some great snorkelling and diving off Isla Iguana, lots of quiet sandy beaches, surfing, fishing, hiking, cycling and horse riding. Visits to local artisans making traditional pottery are popular and Azuero is also home to Panama’s most popular drink, the sugarcane liquor known as Seco and it’s interesting to see how it is produced and enjoy a tasting as it’s also a key ingredient for the regular festivals!