Herrera

Herrera – on the Azuero peninsula – is a province in Panama. Its name originates from General Tomás Herrera; it was founded on 18th January 1915. The capital town Chitré is located in a distance of approx. 7 kilometres to the Gulf of Panama. Herrera, having an area of 2.341 km² and an average population of 113.000, is subdivided into the following seven districts (distritos): Chitré, Los Pozos, Ocu, Pesé, Parita, Santa Maria and Las Minas. Herrera is mainly characterised by agriculture, cattle breeding and cultivation of grain and sugar cane. The popular national drink „Seco Herrerano“ is made from sugar cane. The cathedral San Juan Bautista and the Herrera-museum are both worth being visited in Chitré. The church Santo Domingo as well as the Plaza Colonia are in Parita. While Plaza Colonia was a slave market in former times, it is today a lively place where agricultural products are offered and sold. High-quality pottery produced according to original traditions is offered for sale at all places. In August the traditional festival Manito Ocueno with wild dances and lovely costumes takes place in Ocú. The Carnival is a great festival all throughout Panama; the carnival events in Chitré being some of the most known. Sarigua National Park with an area of about 8.000 hectares features a desert-like eco-system and is located in vicinity to Parita at the Pacific coast.

Ocu

Ocu

Ocu is a small town in the province of Herrera. Because of the slightly higher geographical position, the climate in Ocu is a few degrees

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Chitre

Chitre

Chitre is the capital of the province of Herrera and is located on the eastern side of the Azuero Peninsula. This city lacks a bit of tourist

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Playa El Agallito

Playa El Agallito

Playa El Agallito is located near Chitre on the Pacific Ocean. It is not really a beach to have a swim or a sunbath. Most parts are covered

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Herrera

Things to do in Herrera

The Province of Herrera is situated on the Azuero Peninsula and is a province that is predominated by agriculture and cattle farms. The activities in Herrera are rather limited on cultural events and historic sights. Particularly well known is the Feria Manito Ocueno in Ocu. Even the carnival is celebrated wildly in Ocu. Apart from cultural tours there are a few small treasures to explore like for example Sarigua National Park or Playa El Agallito.

Bird Watching - For all lovers of birding or bird watching, Playa El Agallito is definitely a must. Here, many different species of birds can be observed easily. It should be mentioned that it is not a bathing beach, although the attempt has been made several times by the local government.

Carnival - In Herrera you can experience genuine panamanian culture and traditions. It is particularly well known for its Feria Ocu Manito Ocueno and of course for his unique carnival event in Chitre. Lots of costumes and Polleras can be admired during the festivities in Chitre as well as in Ocu.

Sports - Many people do not know that Baseball has a great tradition in Panama. Particularly the province of Herrera practises this sport with great attention, success and a long history. A couple of players have even made it into the Major League of Baseball.

Highlights of Herrera

  •  Chitre - Chitre is the province's capital and economic center of Herrera. The production of sugar cane represents a large part of the economy, which is needed for the production of the national drink "Seco Herrerano" and the delicious "Ron Abuelo".

  •  Ocu - Ocu, annually, is venue of Feria Ocueno Manito, where you have the possibility to admire traditional clothes, costumes and a lot of cultural traditions of this region. During carnival Ocu is a popular place, attracting many people from the city, that come to spend all of their holidays during carnival.

  •  Sarigua National Park - This national park is characterized by a specific flora and fauna. It is a desert-like area with few but very distinctive vegitation. Also great archaeological finds have been made in this unique part of Panama.
  •  Playa El Agallito - Playa El Agallito is an ideal place to watch different kinds of marine birds. It is not really a beach for swimming or relaxing. For birding, however, it is a top destination in Herrera.

How to get to Herrera?

By plane - The small airport of Chitre offers flights to Panama City and Panama City to Chitre. The flight time is approximately 45 minutes.

By bus - from Panama City there are numerous direct buses that take you to Chitre. Exactly the same amount of buses go from Chitre to Panama City. The bus journey takes about 4-5 hours.

By car - The journey to Herrea by car is just like to travel by bus.

Panama Travel Tips

Chitre is particularly attractive during carnival. Otherwise, you have to bring a good deal of interest in true panamanian culture and traditions to fully enjoy the folcloric capital of Herrera.

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